Dog grooming - Swimming
Duel question here but they are related, kinda
Does any one here groom there dogs hair?
Does it grow back differently?
Any particular time of year you recommend to do it?
Has any one noticed a dogs long hair affecting how it swims?
My dog is a retriever mix and crazy for swimming but the other day I noticed him nearly drowning and I had to drag him out of the water by the scruff of this head.
He has a very heavy coat on his neck and shoulders and I'm wondering can this actually weight him down when submerged in water. When he gets out of the water he shakes and there is liters of water that comes off him so his coat does absorb a lot and this would produce some drag under water.
I know retrievers are water dogs but I recall hearing that in Canada where the Labs and retrievers originate(st johns dog), the short coated dogs with waxy hair were preferred for taking in fishing nets rather than the long hair varieties. The long haired ones were exported to the uk to start the wavy coated retrievers.
Anyone any thoughts ideas or answers,