(Closed) Ladies with dogs that have 2 coats?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I finally just went ahead and shaved her down. I have a shepherd/chow mix and I just felt awful for her in the summer AND the shedding was just out of control. We bought our own shaver and put on the longest guard available so she’s still got a good coat on her. We’ve (and by we, I mean I make my husband do it!) done that for two summers now and it always grows back perfectly fine. 

If you don’t want to do that though, I cannot recommend the Furminator brush enough. That thing is AMAZING for dogs with thick undercoats. Twenty minutes with that thing and I have enough fur on the ground to create an entirely new dog. 

Post # 6
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We just make sure our double-coated dog is brushed out well to remove any dead hair.

It is NOT advisable to shave double-coated breeds. The hair that keeps the heat in also keeps the heat out.




Post # 7
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

There are pros and cons to shaving dogs.  My parents used to shave our Samoyed every summer, and her hair always grew back just fine.  However, it CAN cause the hair to grow in improperly, especially in double-coated breeds.  Plus, dogs actually sweat through their paws, so shaving the fur may or may not even keep them any cooler, (also, a coat also provides insulation, to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer).  And they pant to cool themselves…obviously shaving does not affect the panting.  You may also need to use sun protection on her if you shave her, if you do a close shave, (shorter than an inch).  

If you do a google search on shaving your dog, you will get a lot of mixed information.  People who are against it, people who swear by it….I personally wouldn’t do it, but it’s up to you to decide what is best for you and your dog.

Post # 10
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would think walking in the early mornings and later in the evenings as you’re doing would be best.  Also, keep in mind that the pavement can get hot and can burn your dog’s paws.  Walking on grass is best if possible, but if it’s not, I would assume it would be less likely to be so hot in the mornings and evenings.  My dog is a little older and low-energy, so on the hottest days, we don’t do much besides veg in the A/C…for a younger or higher energy dog this probably wouldn’t go over well.  LOL!

Post # 11
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have a St. Bernard and she has been shaved for the past 3 summers now. We shave her twice each summer. Her hair seems to grow back just fine. She gets excited after each shave. I think she loves it! 🙂 I find her even mroe adorable when I can see her underneath all her hair. Haha

Post # 12
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I just keep my golden retriever brushed really well.  FURminator is your best friend – you can get them on Amazon cheap.  We let her out in the yard and to swim in her pool when it’s really hot – that keeps her cool. 

Post # 13
4 posts
  • Wedding: February 2014

Does the Furminator help with the shedding inside my house?! im at my breaking point! This is my first summer with my Boxador, and my babygirl sheds enough to make my wood floors look like carpet!


Post # 14
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have an American Eskimo (also a spitz) and I would never shave him.  I don’t like the way they look shaved anyway.  We just make sure he’s brushed and furminated well.  Take water with you when you walk just in case your dog gets thirsty.  Our’s gets really hot even late in the evening.  

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