Neglected sheepdog with 1.8kg of matted fur gets a much-needed haircut
When Arlo the sheepdog arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, he was covered in thick, matted fur that was so knotted it was causing him pain and making it hard for him to run around.
The tangled hair covered his eyes, meaning the dog would regularly walk into walls and doors.
Thankfully, staff at the shelter were happy to give Arlo a dramatic and much-needed haircut.
He now looks like an entirely different dog… and he can actually see what’s in front of him, which is quite handy.
The transformation took a lot of time and effort – three people had to clip Arlo from head to toe, removing 1.8kg of matted hair, over the course of two hours.
Battersea rehoming and welfare manager Rebecca Lodder said: ‘We wouldn’t normally clip a dog with such long hair but as Arlo was in such discomfort, we felt that this was best for his welfare.
‘Dogs with long hair require a lot of grooming and attention.
This not only helps to keep them looking smart, but grooming is also vital for their physical health and wellbeing, too.’
Arlo’s mats were severe and would pull at his skin, leaving him uncomfortable and anxious.
He is now having positive training to help show him that grooming and handling can be an enjoyable experience, as he’s so used to discomfort when being touched.
He’s now ready to find a forever home with an owner who’ll keep his fur in good shape.
‘Arlo seems to have grown in confidence since having a haircut,’ said Rebecca. ‘He can see properly and is so much more comfortable with handling.
‘He’s had a real ‘glow-up’ and now loves nothing more than running around and playing with his friends.
‘Arlo’s coat will eventually grow back, so he is looking for new owners who will help to keep him looking like the suave, well-groomed boy that he has become.
‘Arlo’s new owners will need to show him that it’s fun to be pampered and introduce him to grooming at a pace that suits him.’