View Poll Results: Do you groom your own dogs?

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  1. #11
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    Don't groom mine either. If muddy it just seems to fall off when they are dry. I do have a mitt I run over them now and then for loose hair.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Yes but it's quite easy with a short haired breed!

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    Ok seems we need a long haired example in here and my Golden Retriever is the perfect example! I try to brush him with a shedding comb and normal brush every night or every second night. He isn't a fan though and trys to bite the brush when I do it so it makes it pretty difficult. I usually give him a treat to chew on which occupies him for about half a minute!
    He normally gets a bath once a month or so but sometimes after a walk he comes back looking more like a brown retriever than golden, mostly we can just let him wade through a damn and he rinses off then we just towel off the rest.

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    I groom my own dogs, but then again I am a dog groomer, haha!!!!!

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    I work in dog rescue, so learning to clip was no easy feat, especially with some of the wrigglers! I didn't start until I adopted my staffy/norfolk terrier mix, though; he has a double coat and overheats easily.

    I did a brief stint in a grooming salon. It helped me to learn about different breed cuts, and I walked away from it with new understanding.

    We also have a Bichon Frise. The one before him was groomed professionally probably 3 or 4 times a year in a non-traditional cut--short.

    When I got Carl I paid for him to be professionally groomed once, and it was a nightmare (he's extremely fear-aggressive). So, I bought my own Wahl clippers and had to self-teach! It was far less stressful on both of us and a ton cheaper. I keep him on a number 10 clip between August and April; I let him have a marginally longer coat between May and July. This means I clip him maybe once every 3-4 weeks, just to take the excess fluff off. His head and tail are kept fluffy. It's also great because he's a water baby and something of a grub, so he's almost never dirty. We had a tick scare in Jan 09 so I refuse to take chances with the long hair.

    The Bichon we adopted recently I clip about every month. He's kept on a number 7 clip, as well as fluffy head and tail. He's a dirty creature, too, so cleaning is kept to a minimum!

    I do rounds of everyone's nails every month or so. The Min Pins have nails that grow super quick so I always stay on top of that. They get a bath maybe once every 2 months; their coats are short and shed minimally. Carl and Jag get a bath once a month, usually less.


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    I have long coated dogs and show them. So I do them myself. It's very minimal really, but I'm very particular about them and wouldn't trust anyone else to do it anyway. It might sound narky but that's just how it is. Most show people wouldn't let anyone else groom their dogs.

    There's lots of little things I do and don't do that have a big impact on their coats. Like - they are not to be brushed dry and dirty - BIG no-no. Silky textured coats damage so easily with dry brushing, and slicker brushes... eeek!!! Wet only!!

    If they're knotty they have to be washed with knots in. Then filled with conditioner and brushed out wet. Same as with an afghan or a maltese. But if you did that on a heavy double coat breed like a malamute or a border collie you would mat up and wreck the undercoat completely and have to clip the lot off.

    I also like only certain products to be used, etc etc... That doesn't mean expensive or super flash, just suitable. I actually use horse ones!

    Too many dog groomers don't really know more than the average, very basic stuff. Most don't even know what less common dogs like mine are let alone what their coat texture and requirements are, yet they'd jump in and wash or groom them happily - recipe for disaster...

    Sorry to rant...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I have long coated dogs and show them. So I do them myself. It's very minimal really, but I'm very particular about them and wouldn't trust anyone else to do it anyway. It might sound narky but that's just how it is. Most show people wouldn't let anyone else groom their dogs.

    There's lots of little things I do and don't do that have a big impact on their coats. Like - they are not to be brushed dry and dirty - BIG no-no. Silky textured coats damage so easily with dry brushing, and slicker brushes... eeek!!! Wet only!!

    If they're knotty they have to be washed with knots in. Then filled with conditioner and brushed out wet. Same as with an afghan or a maltese. But if you did that on a heavy double coat breed like a malamute or a border collie you would mat up and wreck the undercoat completely and have to clip the lot off.

    I also like only certain products to be used, etc etc... That doesn't mean expensive or super flash, just suitable. I actually use horse ones!

    Too many dog groomers don't really know more than the average, very basic stuff. Most don't even know what less common dogs like mine are let alone what their coat texture and requirements are, yet they'd jump in and wash or groom them happily - recipe for disaster...

    Sorry to rant...
    I thought knots have to be untangled or clipped before wash...do you think i can apply your way to minis? My minis has rough coat (as minis), but gets knots here and there, and hates the detangler.
    BTW Natt you have Borzoi, don't you?
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Yep I have borzoi.

    If your boy really hates the detangler - it does pull after all - you can try putting some conditioner in his dry coat, just into the knots, and then teasing or combing the knot apart.

    On double or harsh coats washing can mat up any knots making a horrible mess. But if you use a little straight conditioner just on the trouble spots it won't.

    You can even get leave in conditioners like Aloveen which you can use like this and you won't have to wash them out afterwards. And he will smell sweet.

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    Thanks Natt.

    I met only one borzoi at a dpg park!!! Such a placid creature!!!
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    Natt has a Borzoi and a Saluki(or 2?).
    They are honestly the most beautiful dogs. She really doesn't share enough!
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