It's that time of year. Our dogs love to run through the beautiful autumn woods. But lurking in the brush are the dreaded cockleburrs and many other small "stick-tights". On long coated breeds that gather too many of these on their coats, it's very painful for them and time consuming for us to try and get them out of their tangled fur.
A couple of tips: with cockleburrs, reach under the burr, close to the dogs skin and lift it away from the skin. Take a pair of pliers and crush the burr, taking care not to pinch the dog's skin. Depending on coat type, it can than be brushed out with a slicker brush.
Commonly referred to as "stick-tights", these small burrs from various weeds can even be worse than the cockleburrs, but usually aren't as painful to the dog. However, they can cause terrible matting and snarls on longer coated breeds. Try to be acutely aware of these "hitch hikers" on your dog. This solution may work on most dogs: slather your dog with any good human hair conditioner, let it sit on the dog about 3 minutes and then start to comb through the fur with a fine tooth comb. Most of the small burrs will come out. Make sure you wash the dog thoroughly with a good dog shampoo after this, and then put more conditioner on the dog and rinse. When you dry your long coated dog, don't rub the coat! Squeeze the water out with a towel and then use a human blow dryer if they will allow you to. The secret is in the combing.
However, sometimes, the burrs are just too numerous and painful to remove. If it comes to that point, the easiest and safest solution is to shave down your dog. Please call with questions on this.
PLEASE! If you're not familiar with using scissors on your dog, don't try and cut out the burrs. Not only does it look terrible, but there is a far bigger risk of cutting their skin.