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    Question How to thin a coat for Summer...or is trimming necessary? (video)

    Hi

    I need coat thinning/trimming advice please, as I have no experience. My other half wants to get our dog trimmed for the Summer, for her own comfort. I hate the idea as she has such a beautiful coat, very much like a Golden Retreiver only lighter/thinner/shorter/silkier/scruffier. He keeps pushing this so my questions are...

    1. Do we really need to trim, or is thinning appropriate?
    2. Are there dog groomers who actually trim the hair like a human hair cut, maintaining the overall style and look, or do they always just run clippers through? I've seen professionally trimmed GRs with one-length body fur and long hair on their heads/tails, which looks absurd to me. That's my main fear - the crew cut, yuck!
    3. Does anyone happen to know an excellent grooming service on Sydney's Northern Peninsular?

    FYI, here she is: Bonnie, 2 years old - YouTube
    You'll see that...
    - The densest fur is on her neck, front of her chest and withers.
    - She has scruffy sticky-up bits on her bum and withers.
    - The fur on her flanks is fine, with minimal undercoat - no trimming needed IMO.
    - Her ears are gorgeous. Anyone touches 'em with scissors they'll be sorry...

    She may also have the opportunity to feature in some ads soon due to her pretty face, very waggy nature and generic family dog looks, so I don't want to risk that opportunity by wrecking her coat!!

    Thanks!
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    I groom out the undercoat of my dogs and I also give them a tummy clip. This keeps them cool. An overall clip can ruin the coat of some dogs and also lead to sunburn. A coat also protect the dog from the heat if not too thick, hence I get out the undercoat with grooming and leave the guard hairs.
    Dog groomers will almost do anything you ask, but some over do. I have three newfoundland dogs and one dog with a golden retriever type coat and none of my dogs seem to suffer in Summer......
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    Hi Finley! I watched all your Bonnie clips on utube - she is just beautiful!
    I wouldn't worry about her coat over-heating her in summer.

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    Don't get her coat cut... for some dogs it doesn't grow back properly and will look terrible. and as Newfsie said it actually keeps the heat off them, its insulating!
    I think that regularly stripping out her undercoat with a brush would do the trick, i don't think she would suffer very much in the summer.
    My Aussie Koda has an insanely thick coat (much thicker than Bonnie's) and he is fine in summer, i often put out one of those clam shell pools for him to sit in if he is too hot... but he rarely ever actually uses it...

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    I've always been told that a dog's coat insulates against both cold and heat too. It is supposed to trap cool air, I believe.

    If we couldn't go for a swim I used to wet my previous dog with the watering can. I have to trick Banjo into getting close enough to be able to pour water over her though because she hates it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    Hi Finley! I watched all your Bonnie clips on utube - she is just beautiful!
    I wouldn't worry about her coat over-heating her in summer.
    Aw, thanks. We think so too, but we are biased pround parents. She's really adorable.

    She's very full of vitality and enthusiasm, so heats up quickly in warm weather, more than a sedate dog might. She also just seems quite heat sensitive and jumps in swimming pools/paddling pools/muddy puddles at any opportunity. Regardless, I'm not sure that trimming her already not-all-that-substantial coat will really add value.

    Perhaps I will start with one of those Furminator/shedding blade devices to thin the undercoat, and see what that achieves??? What do you think?

    Thanks.
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    Hi Finley
    Bonnie is gorgeous, reminds me of my Saffie with her coat and gentle expressions SafkaOzzie - YouTube
    Before I knew better, I clipped my old boy Oscar's coat when the heat came (Darwin, so it's REALLY hot) and his coat is now much different to Saffie's - he's lost his undercoat. He was always just so happy to be shorn though, behaved like a naughty little puppy for a while after each shearing. With Saffie I now just strip her undercoat with a comb that's like a metal rake and remove her top coat with a rubber bristle brush like a horse's curry comb. Both very efficient and she has kept her lovely double coat. I do take the scissors to both their "skirts" at the back end as they just get so thick, long and smelly here in the tropics. They both cool off in water whenever possible. I think Oscar feels the heat more, not so much because of his coat, but because the black absorbs the heat so much more.

    If I were you I would just buy a bunch of different combs/brushes and strip the undercoat a bit. Here the flower season coincides with moulting dogs so I have a huge amount of dog hair and flowers carpeting my floor........ I just bought a robot vacuum cleaner!

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    A friend who has a GR - uses something like a furminator / rake type brush. Her dog hates it and has to be distracted with bikkies (or maybe that's just him training her to give him more bikkies).

    She removes enough thatch each week to stuff several couch cushions.

    If your dog sheds a bit - then a furminator is a good idea.

    If your dog doesn't shed at all - like a poodle - it may need clipping. The trick is to find a good groomer who listens, does what you ask, and makes sure the dog has a good time (more treats). A hydrobath around once a month - can also help get rid of loose hair. Along with swims at the beach.

    GR - I've heard of them getting hot spots (nasty itchy red rash) if they stay wet all the time. Sort of a fungal thing. So make sure your dog gets thoroughly dried off after baths, swims or wet weather.

    If you think hot weather is a major problem you can get cool coat dog wraps or cool mats for them to rest on.

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    Awe gees tough one all my pets a short coat exp for the cats and the horse
    Spring grooming the horse turns me into a yeti garrr
    litrly it dose so we call it yeti grooming time garrrrrrrrr and the backyard and me is turned into white fluffy yeti and the paddock is turned into white fluffy snow lol laugh
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    I don't know do staffies shed there coat ?
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