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Shaving a dog...

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by PDogSniper, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. PDogSniper

    PDogSniper

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    I've got a Rott/Chow and she's got one thick coat of hair... Constantly sheading and we can never get it all out of her... It's also hot...!

    I've seen people do this with Newfies in the heat of summer so I'm thinking of taking it down to about a #6 1 inch cut... Her hair isn't long, med length but it's thicker than roots in a mangrove swamp...

    If I did it now would it grow back in time for winter...? Also, would my Walls be able to handle it or do I need a heavy duty type of trimmer for it...?

    What do you think...?
     
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    You have to watch out when you shave a dog. First of all, they are then open to sunburn if it is cut too short. Also, dogs don't sweat, they have to pant to get rid of heat. If you cut their fur, it messes with their system. I have always had dogs that are meant to live in winter areas ( Husky, Norwegian Elkhound and Great Pyrenees) and we have never shaved them in the summer. Just my $ .02.
     

  3. PDogSniper

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    I didn't think of the sunburn issue but I don't want to take her down to bare skin anways... Just about an inch so I can get a brush through her coat...

    It's not matted or anything like that it's just so darn thick I can't get a comb through it or a brush deep enough to get the shedding out...

    Her hair is maybe two inchs now...

    I know dogs regulate their body temp by panting but how is this going to affect her and how do poodle owners get away with it...?
     
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    I have a Golden that has a very thick coat. I get him, I gave up on doing it my self, shaved every summer. He looks like a Lab after he gets clipped. No ill effects noted & the hair on the floor is way down,
     
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    Will a Walls human shaver do the job...?
     
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    Pdog
    Your Walls will mostly likely crap out.
    Try one of these first, its called a shedding blade.
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    Available at all pet stores and if you use it for about a week it will pull all of the thick undercoat out. (So don't go overboard with it :))
    If this doesn't take enough hair off, go ahead clip away.

    Are you sure this isn't just a jealousy thing? :supergrin:
     
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    :laughabove: :laughabove: :laughabove:

    one of the old regs over in coptalk used to recommend buying a wahl's pet shaver (for yourself) since it was the same price, and very similar, but MUCH more durable for cutting hair.

    he hasn't posted in a while, but he was one of the more respected and cool posted ;)
     
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    Lone Wolff Tire World...

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    +1

    We had a husky/chow mix when I was younger. Those worked great. We used it about 3x per week in the summer. We always wondered how we could salvage all the fur and make clothing out of it. Almost as soft as sheep wool and we had tons of it.
     
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    My Golden Retreiver gets a summer cut every year. If you let her fur stay long in summer, come the hot times she'll go 3-4 days at a time without eating. With the cut she's a lot better off and won't stop eating.
     
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    I've got something similiar. It's a curry comb used by horse people, has two courseness from on side to the other... It still has a hard time getting through the top coat too the inner coat and that's the coat that sheds...


     
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    Pdog,
    The shedding blade is designed to get to the undercoat and leave most of the top coat in place. It's blade resembles a hack saw blade.
    But like I said, if you want to shave it, go for it. It's PIA though.:)
     
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    Duh...! I guess I should have posted this sooner...

    Well, it's done... Not to the bare skin mind you... The groomer, after much discussion and deciding on my needs and wants, she only took the outer coat off. Shaved her haunchs a bit closer and shaved the feathering on her hind thighs...

    The undercoat is still thick but I think I can get to it now...

    She looks really good and can tell she know's it....

    G20, I'm pretty sure that the shedding blade is pretty much the same as a curry comb. Hacksaw type blades, fine on one side, courser on the other... I'll post a pic tomorrow...
     
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    PDog,
    I'm just glad she is strutting her stuff and feeling better. :thumbsup: :dog:
     
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    Thanks dude... I never intended to take her to bare skin... Un-like my head... I just wanted to relieve her of much un-wanted hair....

    I figured this way, she'd be happy and we'd be happy...

    I'll get that pic of the comb I'm I using soon...
     
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    G20, here's the comb that I mentioned...

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    Yep, that should work too! :)
     
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    Dang, you're faster than a flea...:clown:
     
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    LOL
    Broadband is wonderful! :supergrin: