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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Trimming long coat

Just wondering if anyone with a long hair here trims their coat? My girl suffers a lot in the heat, even now that it's like 10-15C and she hasn't shed her winter yet, she's dying out there. I'm thinking about getting her a bit trimmed to help her out
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 12:54 PM
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Although frowned on by many people, I have my two coated girl partially shaved every year-the one I had done yesterday has been miserable since late winter-now no heavy panting, no restlessness-one very happy comfortable girl.
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We've done trims, a deep "comb out" not a shave but fairly short at times and it always comes back fine. I've read on here it can ruin their coats but it hasn't happened to our girls.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 02:50 PM
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We have always trimmed our long coated dogs in summer. They are much more comfortable and we have never had any bad results from doing so. We use horse clippers and it makes quick work of the hair, and we don't clip to the skin. It's amazing how quickly it grows back. We usually clip only once, normally in May. It easily grows back before cold weather hits.

I'm sure you will get different opinions, since this is usually not the way most people think here, but it has always worked well for us. And our dogs are much happier without all that hair.
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I don't. My girl doesn't like the heat, but she does fine. She has a baby pool.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 03:07 PM
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my older guy got trimmed by me. I work at a vets office, and I would just use the clippers to basically rake over the coat to thin it a bit, trim the pantaloons, and between his pads, and then I would shave him naked ( surgery clippers) all under neath. From inside his thighs , to between his front legs, going a little up his sides, but not much. His coat would look normal until he layed down. Kept him cool on the tile for sure!
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