|09-22-2013 01:37 PM|
You have electric shears? Don't even try it, it will be a waste of time. The electric shears for humans or the pet kind you get at Wal-Mart won't even cut the hair.
If your dogs hair is very thick and heavy, and he swims a lot, he's probably got a lot of matted hair next to his skin. See if you can run a comb through his hair from the roots to the tips. If the comb gets stuck, you have a matted coat. The mats are what absorb and hold water, and take forever to dry. The more the dog goes through the wet/dry cycle, the tighter the mats will become, and at that point it's a problem that needs to be dealt with by a professional groomer. Trust me, you do not want to try this at home--it will be really hard on you, your clippers will stop working within a few minutes, and the only length you will be able to leave is skin. A groomer may be able to salvage some of the coat so that you don't have to shave him bald, but if the matting is very severe and extensive, he might have to be taken down pretty short.
|09-22-2013 08:50 AM|
All my dogs have been / are water rats, EXCEPT, my very show coated aussie She ends up being vertical and goes into panic mode, whether it's because she just has never figured out how to swim, or all that coat I don't know..
So, she wears a doggie life preserver, and a long line,,altho she isn't thrilled with getting all wet, but does wade around.
I 'thin' her coat out, with electric shears, or get thinning shears which tend to take alot longer...I just kind of comb her coat with the electric ones, it doesn't look real pretty at times, but it grows back just fine, as I have done it more over the years, I've gotten better at it )
In the hot summer, I shave her down pretty close, she feels loads better with all that hair load gone
|09-22-2013 06:43 AM|
My friends newfie nearly died too when out surfing but that was massive waves. Check my point in original post. The fishermen using the st johns dog for retrieving nets preferred the shorthaired waxy coat variety. They probably swam better and carried less water in their coats.
|09-21-2013 10:58 PM|
Does dog hair soak water? I guess I just always thought it was somewhat impermeable.?.?... I guess I could Google it but maybe somebody knows lol
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Oliver Kahn der Fasan Suchenden
|09-21-2013 10:43 PM|
a Newfie can swim. they have lots of hair and weight. maybe
your dog was in the water to long, not a good swimmer, became
|09-21-2013 10:40 PM|
i've never had my GDS's clipped, given a haircut, trimmed, etc. i think a dog's
hair works in 2 ways. their hair keeps them warm and cool.
|09-21-2013 10:30 PM|
Are you talking about giving your dog a haircut? Yes, you can, but please take him to a professional groomer to get the job done.
Some people believe that it's "wrong" to clip double-coated breeds like Golden Retrievers, but I'm not one of them. I do it all the time in my grooming salon. If a dog is swimming a lot, I find it's better for the dog if the hair is short. That way the dog doesn't get so waterlogged, and he dries faster. If a dog with a very heavy coat stays wet all the time, it can create skin problems due to yeast, bacteria, and even mildew.
Yes, it should grow back just fine. All my Retriever clients that I clip grow back to their former glory within 3-4 months, if not sooner, depending on how long the hair is left.
|09-21-2013 08:25 PM|
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,