Any Grooming Questions?

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My Casper is shedding really bad right now. My hubby and I know that we are suppose to brush him a few times a week but that sort of got put on the back burner while I was pregnant with my daughter. But I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how to get him groomed. He is a Miniature American Eskimo!
 

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Hi Casper,
You may want to take her to the groomer and get them to use a Coat King or a Clipper Vac. They are WONDERFUL deshedders.
If you don't have the time for a grooming trip, you should get the Zoom Groom gloves and just get as much hair out as possible. Then brush her with a regular doggy brush.
The best thing though will be to get her a Clipper Vac treatment. The brushing should do ok for awhile though!
Hope this helps :)
 

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Thanks! I'll have to see if any place here has a Clipper Vac. I just have to get his bordatella shot again. Lost a previous dog due to Kennel Cough after I took him to get groomed. Don't want the same thing to happen to Casper. My son would be lost with him around to play with.
 

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hi!
i'd like to ask what you think about this...
My dog has lots of long hair and because she loses often some,my dad asked me to take her to a groomer to get her hair cut really short or completely shaved.
I find it crazy because i haven't seen a dog like her with short hair or shaved... :confused: she's look like a rat :(

Anyway,let me know what you think.I wanted to ask before i take her to a groomer.

thanks
here's a pic of her.
http://www.chazhound.com/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=3475&cat=500&page=1
 

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josephine,
If the hair is a really big problem, but you want to keep some hair, you could ask them to shave the body with a 4 or 5 blade. Then use a guard blade on the head and just lightly trim the tail. I will look for some pics and see if you like them.
 

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I'm a dog and cat lover and have always wondered how dog groomers got into the business. Is there a school you attend, or do you learn while working for another groomer?

I'd love to be a groomer, although I'm sure it's not without it's challenges, and I was just curious.

Thanks!
 

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What is a puppy coat?

I read a few posts up about "losing the puppy coat". What IS the "puppy coat"?
Murphie is 4 month old, border collie mix with probably some kind of northern breed in her too because she does have a double layer coat. I LOVE her fluffy and glossy fur, but apparently it is going to change? In what way?
Thanks!
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LisaMarie,
There are several options as how to get into grooming. You could be an apprentice if you could find someone to allow you to follow them around. Or, you could Google "grooming schools" and see what is nearest you. Also, you could go to www.learntogroom.com Just take your pick! Grooming is about more than just being a dog or cat lover, though I don't doubt that you are one! It's just that it requires TONS and TONS of patience. You literally must have the patience of a saint. LOL Dealing with the people hasn't been as bad for me as dealing with the animals who don't understand what's going on. They aren't people and can't be told that everything is going to be ok. So you just have to take your time, talk slowly and in a whisper until they decide you may touch them again. A vet's office is the best place to groom, because if you ever accidentally cut an animal, which happens to everyone, then you are right there with the doctor, and the animal won't suffer too much.
But, these few cons could never ever measure up to the pros of animal grooming. You are creating a masterpiece on a creature you love, the animal. Once it is finished, you see that it is a job well done and the animal is smiling and kissing you and looks lots better and more comfortable. It also makes you feel great when the owner tells what a great job you have done and that they will continue using you as their groomer. I could go on and on. I will always groom, as long as God and my health allow me.
I think if you want to get into grooming, you are making a wise choice.
Ashleigh ;)
 

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MonaD,
The puppy coat is a good model of what the coat will most likely look like once they lose it. Have you ever noticed how the fur is kind of fuzzy or has a different feeling texture than "normal" dog hair? That's what it is. All that will happen is that the adult hair will slowly grow and push the baby hair out. You may see a lot of shedding during this time, but with him being Border Collie, you will most likely see shedding his entire life. Anyway, hope this helps!
Ashleigh
 

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Thanks Ashleigh!
She is rather fuzzy. In fact I while grooming her I sing her a goofy little song called "Fuzzy Bum" sung to the tune of "Puppy Love", har har. (I would only EVER admit that here,where I know all these dog lovers will understand! hee hee)
Mona
 

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MonaD
There is a thread on here somewhere where everyone is talking about singing to their dogs. LOL Don't think your crazy, we all do it.
 

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Ozzy is an Aussie/JRT mix, and he has a rather weird coat. Most of it is really soft short fur, and he appears to have an undercoat, but it isnt a double coat. Im not sure if Im making sense... Anyway, he has this thin strip of fur running down his back that is a lot coarser than the rest of his fur.

Plus, is there anyway to get rid of that ring around the neck where the collar sits and messes the fur up? I dont want to shave around his neck just to get the fur to go in straight. Someone told me to just put his collar on during the day and take it off at night... Suggestions?
 

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Ello. :) I was just wondering... how often should my dog's nails be clipped? And do most people do this themselves or have a professional do it? Or do they just wear down themselves by walking on the hard ground, so stay the right length?
 

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:yikes: this is an OOOOOLD thread...

For the collar ring, yes, take the collars off at night and only put them on when you need to take them outside.

For nails, there are many other threads on here that can teach you how to clip your dogs nails, or you can just take him to a groomer and have them done for you. People go either way. I clip nails myself because I know how to and and it saves me $30. I also run them on concrete and stuff fairly often to keep them down a little bit, but it's not a substitute for clipping. Mostly keeps the edges rounded after clipping.
 
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:yikes: this is an OOOOOLD thread...

For the collar ring, yes, take the collars off at night and only put them on when you need to take them outside.

For nails, there are many other threads on here that can teach you how to clip your dogs nails, or you can just take him to a groomer and have them done for you. People go either way. I clip nails myself because I know how to and and it saves me $30. I also run them on concrete and stuff fairly often to keep them down a little bit, but it's not a substitute for clipping. Mostly keeps the edges rounded after clipping.

Thirty dollars, Zoom??? The shop I used to work at did it for $4 for a small dog and $6 for a large dog! Holy cow! And I do it for free for anyone who wants it now. O.O
 

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