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    Default Hot summer dog

    WE just had a hot day ( just first warm day of spring) and Maggie really felt it with her winter coat on.
    It occurred to me some breeds get clipped in summer and some don't. I have never seen a clipped border collie. Why not?

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    Firstly, I am no expert but when I did my dog grooming course 10 years (yes, one decade) ago it was suggested dogs such as collies and cavs should not be clipped as they have a double coat. At that time it was believed that not only would the coat grow back differently (as an example - maybe more curly) but also thicker meaning once you start grooming you have to keep it up (keep in mind this line of thought may have changed in the past decade). In saying that how may cavs do we see in summer who have had a full clip - a zillion!

    I have seen the odd collie and retriever who have been clipped - they just don't look quite right to me!

    What I would suggest you could try if you feel she is suffering unbearably is have her trousers tidied up (done using scissors) (long hair on her rump and legs) and have her belly shaved (from groin up to the rib cage). Just by removing this hair it will help her cool down. Also try a brush which looks like a razor sharp rake (can't think of the name - will get back to you when brain block subsides). This tool has been specifically designed to remove a dogs undercoat which helps in thinning out the coat hence cooling them down. I can remove a plastic bags worth of undercoat from my cav in five minutes.

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    At the moment (6months) she isn't shedding a discernible amount. May well change shortly I am told

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    My parents have a golden retriever and her first summer she was very very miserable and lethargic and you could tell she wasn't happy, they tried the clipping her stomach etc but that didn't do much and they couldn't wet her down as she would develop hot spots every time she got wet (unless mum spent 2hrs with the hairdryer- but not much point in wetting her to cool her down when she would have to be blow dried) so her second summer they got her clipped and she was sooooo much happier and energetic! My parents did, and still do get quite a few people at the park and beach tell them that it's bad to clip her and they shouldn't do it etc, but really, it makes her so much happier when she is clipped so who really cares if her coat grows back a little curly etc. She's 9 now and has been clipped at the start of every summer and still runs around like a crazy little puppy after her clip

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    I would be loath to clip a young BC, do a good strip though as it often grows back coarse and wirey after clipping. I've seen BC's work in the most terrible heat and manage it so maybe the sudden onset of warmth just took her body by surprise.

    We have quite a few oldies that come into boarding that are clipped, and I think it makes them very comfortable for a number of reasons..

    My Gordon is clippered on top with a #7 blade, with the feathering left, but then apart from cheating with the clippers instead of doing a hand strip it's the same look as when she was shown so doesn't look odd. A BC can look a bit odd clipped.

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    Google the Mars stainless steel coat king pet stripper. It is my all time favourite grooming tool and it has withstood a decade of use by myself, my clients and friends.

    Glad I finally remembered the name - had this awful feeling it was going to be one of those moments when you wake up at 3 in the morning remembering that thing you couldn't recall earlier in the day.

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    I would never ever clip a dog that has an undercoat!!!
    I have seen quite a few dogs that have been clipped and their fur didn't grow back the same! One of them was a Cattle dog and his fur grew back in short tufts all over his body... it never grew back properly!
    Another was an Aussie who's fur grew back really rough, wiry and extremely thick!
    Being a border collie i am sure she should cope just fine in the heat... she just needs to adjust to it after winter!
    And the thing with double coated breeds is that their fur actually insulates them from the heat as well as the cold!
    Unless it was for a medical reason... or there was ABSOLUTELY no other option and the dog was miserable i wouldn't clip her!

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    The coat protects from heat as much as from cold. My dog is shedding carpetloads at the moment...

    You could look up something called "the furminator" and comparable things - it's a brand of rake that helps get the undercoat out. I have a friend who uses a zoom groom and I use a regular rubber horse curry comb ($5 to $10) to thin the coat out. furminators or similar work great on Golden Retrievers. Don't know about Border Collies. I've only known one to be clipped - and that's because he got dredlocks. Owners really didn't have much idea of what to do with him. They'd bring him down the park for exercise and then they'd all stand around doing nothing - ie no exercise for anybody, and he got quite fat too - so I imagine he was pretty much a garden ornament. Sad.

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    I wasn't planning on clipping her, she has a gorgeous coat and i wouldn't want to mess with it. We have a zoom groom but as I said she isn't shedding....yet
    Thanks for the good ideas. Paddle pool, sprinkler

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    Try a paddling pool. Dog gets it legs/paws wet, helps them cool, as venous blood supply is close to surface on forelegs.

    Furminators are dog world equiv. of sheering. Believe me, you'll take a good 30% of that coat right out in one go at this time of year! lol

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