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New to coaties...new pup coming soon!

Well, its official, I am getting a LH GSD pup very soon. Since I have never had a coatie before, what grooming tools do you guys recommend...shampoo/conditioner.....anything else that is really helpful or not neccessary? Brushing....daily vs. weekly? I am so excited! TIA

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I just wanted to sayyyyyy...

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LOL thanks Patti! I really am super excited! She is going to be a handful according to Chris, but I am soooo looking forward to the challange.

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Re: New to coaties...new pup coming soon!

A fluffy, floofy whirlwind.. of warm, happy baby puppy kisses, wagging baby-butt, round paws pawing you, and bright eyes expectant and full of hope, mischief, fun, and LOVE. This is going to be a baby who will one day be a dog that you will DANCE with, her drives and your training will click. She will enjoy fulfillment with you, and you will be delighted as she fits right into your plans and your family.

I have no good "coatie" advice-- I am hoping CassidysMom, Jack, Camerafodder and others will join in!

I am just so excited for you!!

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I just use a wire dog brush, thats it. They are easy to maintain and you might be surprized how much less they shed. Mine blows his coat once a year and thats it. Congrats

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Re: New to coaties...new pup coming soon!

I use grooming combs on mine. Same results as Myoung. Coaties are WONDERFUL.

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Re: New to coaties...new pup coming soon!

any brands you find work better or feel better in your hands than others?

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Re: New to coaties...new pup coming soon!

Yay! Congrats on the new baby. I'm interested to see what people say as I would really, really, REALLY LOVE a LH-GSD eventually.

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Re: New to coaties...new pup coming soon!

here i am
hmm, coatie? chris? this must mean that you're getting the precious little Gianna (she was my pic from the beginning, finding out she's a coat is a cherry on top)
honestly, there is not that much of a difference in having a LC as oppose to a stock coat, as i have both and didnt need to make many additional purchases once i got Tilden.

i will say that in my experience, the furminator is no good on a coatie. it doesnt penetrate Tildens coat at all (just skips over it in an odd fashion) and cuts too many of his guard hairs - the only place i find it effective is right in the flank area. other grooming tools that i use is an undercoat rake, a boar bristle brush for finishing, and a grooming comb (my only LC specific purchase) for the little tangles in the feathered areas. for shampoo i don't use anything special, and although i've thought about using a conditioner - my cat spends alot of time grooming the dogs, so it is not recommended.

brushing can vary from every day to a couple times a week to once a month even (okay Debbie, i finally admit it) just depending on the amount of undercoat, the weather, shedding, and what activities he's into. i bathe with shampoo only twice a year, and rinse as needed after beach trips and what not.

i pay special attention to grooming and debris removal behind the ears, under his belly, the back of this legs, and his tail. i also make sure to check his nails more frequently because he has really fluffy feet and they can disguise the need for a nail trim.

last but not least, get ready for all the extra attention a coatie (especially a coatie puppy) will bring and a lifetime of explaining what breed of dog she is

enjoy the ride - its SO worth it!

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Re: New to coaties...new pup coming soon!

i missed my edit time, but here is a previous post on ear fluff...

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