How to remove burrs from dog hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Removing burrs from a dog's hair, especially a dog with long hair, can be a difficult task. Burrs get caught in hair because they are covered in sharp thorns. Usually, if a dog rolls in a patch of grass that produces burrs, he will become covered in the burrs. Since shaving a dog with long hair is inadvisable, there are several other methods of removing the burrs without harming your pet or your fingers.

Shampoo the dog, mixing a lathering shampoo with warm water. Wear gloves on your hands to protect them from the thorns of the burrs.

Add a generous measure of conditioner to the shampoo lather.

Using a conb or your fingers,find each burr and gently pull it from your dog's hair. The lathered shampoo and conditioner mixture should make for easy removal of burrs. If you encounter problems, use scissors, but remove as little hair as possible.

Rinse your dog. Let the hair dry, and remove with scissors any remaining burrs that you were unable to remove in the shampooing process.


Vegetable oil can be used in place of shampoo and conditioner. Still, use warm water as your first step.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog shampoo
  • Gloves
  • Hair conditioner
  • Comb
  • Scissors
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Sara Davis has been a writer since 2000. Her work has appeared in numerous publications such as "The Chimes" newspaper and "Next Step" magazine. Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in cinema and media arts from Biola University.