in long coat through extreme weather like snow, sleet and
ice? Thanks to everyones suggestions for brushes, grooming
tools and the line grooming technique, we are doing
well with the grooming.
Where it falls apart is in Feb/Mar when the weather is
extreme. Getting soaked time after time going out,
seems to start the downhill spiral . Especially the belly
and chest areas with matting.
Just bought Ice and Ice and a C.C. brush.
Any other suggestions??????
( A puppy cut is where we are heading soon )
|If misery loves company - we are in the same boat.
The weather makes everything so much more difficult.
|I find taking them to the groomers to get out the matts helps me. Then if I go through them every other day just to check for matted areas or just combing areas that get matted often... I have no problem! I've been matt-free for over 6 months, and it wasn't until very recently she got chopped a little at the groomers (which I didn't ask for). Now my motivation has gone completely away! Good luck!
I love ice on ice. Maybe getting an outfit for your dog would help.
|Yes, it's a little rough when your dog is getting constantly wet.
if you didn't want to go through the expense of buying Ice on Ice all of the time, I would recommend diluting some doggie conditioner in a spray bottle and spray while grooming. Smart move on buying the ice on ice, that and conditioners, help loosen everything up a little...
|Oh, Chewie is back wearing his long sleeve t-shirts!
I dilute conditioner too - it definitely helps. He is kinda bummed - back to solitary pottying.....
|I'm sure you know this, but always blot and squeeze when towel drying. I never rub. I usually just let the mud dry and then brush it out with the assistance of a little conditioner. I am also of the thinking that conditioner in the coat before going outside also serves as preventative maintenance, too. As in the next time it gets wet, it already has conditioner working to loosen potential tangles.|
|BTW, POST SOME NEW PICS PLEASE!|
|I was just about to say that we can't help you unless we see some new examples of these so called problems. We'll make it an even trade, pictures for advice. Muh hah hah!|
|I am in the same spot and can't wait for nicer weather. I was wondering if the chamois towels that aborb more water help. I was wondering if they really work before I buy. I need to put in an order soon and was thinking about adding to the list. The list gets longer and longer (at least I won't have to worry about minimum order size ) I have been rubbing and recently figured out that may be causing of my problems.
|Send him downunder on vacation, hot dry and dusty. No wet coats to worry about, what's snow? heck what is rain & mud too? , just the dust that gets up your nose after brushing. Ahchoo.|
|I squeeze Chewie out with just my hands 1st while still in the tub. Then I squeeze with a towel, while standing on a towel - outside the tub. Then we go to the grooming table (on another towel) and start the dryer. I do a blotting squeeze with the chamois towel on the table. I think it does help - he feels quite dry after the last towel. Then dry and brush, using conditioner on the legs and belly to preserve coat.
Chewie has the whole routine down. He actually is upset when I give one of the other dogs a bath!!!
|The microfiber towels work well too. I use them on Bear because he's a heck of a lot harder to keep clean and dry than Clyde. Clyde doesn't much care for dirt so that makes it that much easier!|
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