(Closed) Big, Furry dog owners!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you clip your dogs for the summer months?
    Yes, shaved : (7 votes)
    22 %
    Yes, heavy trim : (3 votes)
    9 %
    No : (20 votes)
    63 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    No, I don’t. I brush my girl to try and help her out but she still hangs out outside if she has the option. I never shut her out though so if she gets too hot she just comes inside. We are getting a kiddie pool this year though for our three dogs to lay in when it’s really hot.

    Post # 4
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    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Goldens are double coated.  In general, it’s not a good idea to shave double coated breeds.  Dogs don’t sweat the way we do…they cool themselves through their paws and through panting.  Shaving a double-coated breed CAN (but doesn’t always) do damage to the coat.  Also, that double coat is intended to keep them warmer in the colder months and also serves to keep them cooler during the heat of the summer.  So shaving can actually have an adverse effect.  

    There are pros and cons to shaving, like you said…I personally don’t do it with my dog (lab/golden mix), because I believe it best to leave the coat natural so it serves the purpose it was intended for.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My dogs are wooly beasts who need to be shaved, but they have completely different fur types than a Golden or something similar (they are Bouviers). I wouldn’t shave a double coated dog, I don’t think it is good for their fur.

    When in doubt though, call a certified groomer! I’m sure they would be happy to answer your questions 🙂

    Post # 6
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    409 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’ve only got a little dog, but I had him clipped this year for summer! I didn’t really notice it before, but now I look back on photos he looked like a neglected tramp dog haha. 

    I can upload pics if youre interested in the before and after!

    Post # 7
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    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have a golden, and we do not shave her down in the summer. We give her a nice “trim” to keep her looking pretty and not too shaggy from time to time, but thats it.

    We do use a “furminator” on her.  Really help alot with the shedding!

    http://www.furminator.com/

     

     

    Post # 8
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    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I have a long coated GSD and we definitely don’t shave her. We live in Los Angeles so it does get hot, but I also wouldn’t want her to sunburn. We brush her regularly to help thin out her coat and if it’s really warm, let her play in the water. She has a kiddie pool but she really loves the sprinklers, she’ll run through playing and get nice and wet, then find a cool place to nap in the shade.

    Post # 10
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    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    we have shelties who have long hair but double coats and they never get their hair cut. the older one definitely gets hot in the summer, but we always make sure he has water when he’s going to be outside for long periods and we’ll pour water on him when he seems too hot as well

    Post # 11
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    A lot of dogs that are very hairy actually can’t be shaved, as it messes up their undercoat. We had German Shepherds, huskies, etc growing up – you can’t shave them!

    Post # 12
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    409 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Laurengrapes:  I should add, hes a small but VERY hairy dog! haha

    Post # 13
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    721 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We have a golden and don’t trim/shave him…we just shape his paw fur here and there 🙂

    Post # 14
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    8692 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have corgis which have thick double coats, but you’re never supposed to shave them. As others said it can mess up their coat pretty bad, plus it actually helps keep them cool and protected from sunburn.

    Post # 15
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We have a golden retriever.  She is a lazy bum.  We do not clip her in the summer at all, though I always keep her well groomed (I usually do it myself).  In the spring/summer she sheds a lot of her undercoat and I help get it out with the Furminator.  That helps keep her cool. 

    She also loves her kiddie pool.  Like, LOVES HER POOL.  As soon as I turn it over she jumps in and gives me sad eyes for the hose.  She lays in it, flops around, runs through it, goes and lays in the shade, etc, etc.  On those days I give her a towel to lay on in the kitchen to dry off and brush her later. 

    She is also prone to hot spots, but more in the fall when her environmental allergies flare up.  When they get bad I do shave a little spot so they can heal, but that’s it (and they have gotten better with her food).

    Post # 16
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    1096 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My little dog gets “shaved” but they still leave enough on that he’s a bit furry and his skin is completely covered so sunburn isn’t an issue. He’s a Havanese so his hair is actually silky so he doesn’t get hot even when we don’t shave him, it just keeps him neater because he’s a little boy that loves to play in the mud and wrestle with his much larger sister, roll around in leaves and sticks and all kinds of other stuff. He’s meant to be an indoor lap dog but he loves to play outside so I have no desire to keep him inside just for my sake.

    He’s not double coated though, we have a shepherd mix who is double coated and despite the fact that she sheds like mad and isn’t built for the hot summers here we leave it alone. 

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