My Gordon Setters and I are very lucky that we live so close to the beach and can get out for long runs most days. The only downside is that they always get covered in sand, with the hair knotted from the North Sea winds.

Any tips on dealing with sand would be greatly appreciated!

Stuart Simons advises…

Well, I can’t do anything about the sand, but I can give you some tips on how to manage these beautiful dogs’ coats. Regular brushing is essential whether they have sand in their coats or not. I would personally keep an area in your house for their grooming so that at least the transference of sand is limited to one room. A hairdryer, a super-absorbent towel, a brush and a comb are your best friends. Regular brushing and a good blow-out with a dryer should help to reduce the knots and sand.

Look on the bright side – at least you only have to think about their legs. I live in Hastings and have a Bichon! One shower of rain and my little girl is filthy.

Good luck with your beautiful Gordon Setters. By the way – most groomers are happy to bathe and dry dogs as well as cut their hair, so maybe consider booking in to your nearest qualified groomer. Find out more at


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