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Thread: Dog cant groom his back end due to arthritis, coat going to wreck n ruin. Suggestions

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    Default Dog cant groom his back end due to arthritis, coat going to wreck n ruin. Suggestions

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    My older boy GSD, is less bendy wendy these days, and his long haired double coat, is not being taken care of by him any longer. Ive always had to groom him weekly. He behaves like he's at a massage pallour, loves the attention.

    His back tail feathers, flanks and butt area, are clogging up with all the hair moulting. He's jumpy around the back arthritic end. And will let me groom him without playing up. He's a handful for a groomer.

    Last week, i wanted to take out, as much of that undercoat as i could. There are knots in there bigger than my fist! That's a weekend in the bush for you.

    Are there ways of reducing tangles on this coat. Could i shave underneath for instance? The back leg feathers are the worst hit area.

    Tools i have.
    willing dog
    furminator
    rake
    metal brush pad
    a hair brush that does his tail, which is another type of hair in and of itself!
    a hose pipe
    shampoo, conditioner

    Next grooming question. On the back of his ears, is a 6 inch area of crinkled silken hair. This dreadlocks up like a mother. Is there a way to prevent this occurring, other than combing carefully 2-5days ish. to keep the knots down.

    The hair over his butt, is wiry and coarse, can i soften it, if so with what?

    Id love any advice. Whilst ive groomed Bernie weeklyish, all his life, i now have to pick up the slack, where he cant. I realise now, how much effort he had been putting in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Suggestions welcome

    My older boy GSD, is less bendy wendy these days, and his long haired double coat, is not being taken care of by him any longer. Ive always had to groom him weekly. He behaves like he's at a massage pallour, loves the attention.

    His back tail feathers, flanks and butt area, are clogging up with all the hair moulting. He's jumpy around the back arthritic end. And will let me groom him without playing up. He's a handful for a groomer.

    Last week, i wanted to take out, as much of that undercoat as i could. There are knots in there bigger than my fist! That's a weekend in the bush for you.

    Are there ways of reducing tangles on this coat. Could i shave underneath for instance? The back leg feathers are the worst hit area.
    I don't brush Koda as much as I should... after a full day of grooming dogs, I often don't feel like coming home and brushing him as well. I'm becoming more disciplined now though because he's gotten a few matts in his pants lately. I used to brush out matts, but now days i just cut or clip them out because he doesn't like me doing anything around his pants, groin or bum area, so trimming them out makes the process faster, and he has so much hair that you don't even notice there is bits missing.

    If he was older and was struggling with being groomed around that area, as much as I'd hate to do it, I think i'd just trim his pants area short (at least half the length i reckon). So yes, you can clip around that area if he'll let you, if you don't want it too be too noticeable then just clip the matts out.

    If you take him to a groomer and explain to them the situation, perhaps they would be able to clip the matts out with your help holding him. I recently shaved Koda's groin area to the skin to prevent matting. He's terrified of the clippers (thanks to my vet... she pushed him too far with clippers once and scared the crap out of him)... the only way I could get him to stay calm and let me clip there was to have my mum hold him up on his back legs, with his back against her legs, if that makes sense.

    Once you've got the matts out, talcum powder helps to loosen up tangles while you're brushing. If you're willing to trim his pants shorter, then that will help to reduce tangles a bit. But other than that, regular brushing is the key. Rake is best for removing undercoat, and a comb and slicker brush are best for removing tangles.

    This won't help with matts or tangles, but if you want to get loose undercoat out, you could try getting a groomer to blow his coat out, I blew out a GSD's coat the other day... there was hair flying everywhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Next grooming question. On the back of his ears, is a 6 inch area of crinkled silken hair. This dreadlocks up like a mother. Is there a way to prevent this occurring, other than combing carefully 2-5days ish. to keep the knots down.

    The hair over his butt, is wiry and coarse, can i soften it, if so with what?
    Koda has crinkled hair near his ears, and coarse hair around his bum too. I haven't had the need to use them yet but you could try a detangling spray or leave in conditioner for these two problems. Even some of the brands aimed at horses, i've heard are great for dogs too.

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    There's lots of detangle products for humans - I guess they'd work on dogs.

    The main thing - I'd try - is shorter brushing sessions, more often, focussing on the trouble spots.

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    Ive caved and cut some tangles out. You were right, you cant see a thing! I thought it would ruin his coat, but if it has, i cant see it. Theres so much to hide it.
    Its nice to have permission to 'cut it out'. So much easier! thanks

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    I use a large Slicker brush on my GSDs...I find this to be the best to get out the undercoat and you don't have to use too much pressure either.
    I tell a lie...I have three large Slicker Brushes as it doesn't take much to fill them.

    Rex being old... can't stand for very long and has a thick double coat...I lay him on the floor and brush him several times till not much undercoat comes out then flip him over and repeat...mine are brushed once a week and have never had any problems with hair on the back of their ears.


    I have tried many different types of brushes years ago...undercoat rake...pin brush and others but the Slicker Brush works very well especially on the back legs and tail and not too expensive.
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