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Old 07-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
 
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Default Another dog thread: how often and how do you groom your dog?

Do you take your dog to a groomer or do you do it yourself?

Does your dog have any special care needs?

I have a basset hound, so I spend my time cleaning ears and paws, brushing his coat, and trying to make him smell as little like whatever he recently rolled in as possible. I'm having trouble with his long ears (outer edges), though. Tomorrow we're going to the vet for some recs. If that doesn't work, to the cute groomer at the local pet store we go.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
 
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I have a Lhasa-poo who has very fluffy and lightweight hairlike fur which is like Velcro. Everything sticks to it. When I groom him I need almost a full day to devote to combing, bathing, drying, and "shearing" with clippers. His fur is difficult to clean and is hard to clip evenly and bathing alone takes usually 20 minutes as it does not absorb water quickly at first and requires lots of rinsing. Did I mention he is only like eight pounds? All this for a tiny dog. I tend to avoid grooming often for this reason and try to keep it short so it is less maintenance. Nail clipping is required when they get too long but he is pretty compliant. He hates the process but likes all the the attention.

We just got a pit and she is so easy to clean (although she gets stinky pretty quick too). A good wash and maybe some ear cleaning and she is good to go. Her nails were easy too seeing as I did them when she was sleeping
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
 
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I've started taking mind to the groomers once a month. They do such a great job that there's no way I can replicate it. My dogs are pretty lazy and don't get too dirty.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
 
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I have 2 medium-large-ish dogs (about 50-60 pounds) who require serious grooming. One is a Portuguese Water Dog, and the other is a Poodle/Golden mix. Their hair is similar to each other...the curly non-shedding kind that grows and grows and grows, indefinitely, without an undercoat...so they both need shaving/clipping about 4 times a year. At about $100 each for a professional groomer, it's just too expensive. So, I do it myself. I have professional clippers, and a grooming table with an arm and noose. Having the right equipment really makes all the difference. It takes me about 1-2 hours to completely shave down each dog. I don't do anything fancy...just a one-length shave down. They are very used to it and are cooperative. I think they even enjoy it. My PWD regularly falls asleep while on the table (I don't need the arm and noose for her anymore...she's so old, I just let her lie down and flip her over when I need to do the other side).

I clip their nails on a non-shave day, because they really don't like that part, and I don't want to ruin the shaving process for them.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
 
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We have two dogs--a mini aussie and an aussie mix. The mini aussie is fairly easy to keep clean. She doesn't tend to smell and her hair doesn't grow longer. I can get by with bathing her myself whenever she needs it (every month or two). The aussie mix is bigger and her feet tend to look ratty if they're not kept trimmed so I take her to the groomer when it's time. I admit that I tend to let her go a little longer than I should. About half the time, I get both dogs groomed together.

I don't trim their nails. Even though I know it doesn't hurt them, they act like it's torture. Therefore, I get their nails trimmed when we walk by the groomer and she has the nail trim sign outside.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:49 PM   #6
 
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I have a male Yorkie. I groom him myself. I keep his hair in the Yorkie "puppie cut". It's just easier to maintain that way. So I trim him about every 2 months. I've seriously been thinking about going to a groomer though just for cuts. One thing I'm glad about though is Yorkies don't shed very much at all. I barely notice any shedding at all from mine.

I bathe him and clean his ears out once a week (more if he gets muddy, or super dirty from running around in our yard). I wipe his paws and eye corners out pretty much every day. I brush his hair 4-5 times a week and 2x per week with that wet spritz stuff. I brush his teeth only once a week. I clip his nails once a month. Recently, I purchased this rotating dog nail file device..he seemed to like that better than nail clipping.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #7
 
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Casey (spaniel) can be smelly due to ears and his oily undercoat. In the summer we do bathe him ourselves but he still goes to the groomer about every 6 weeks. I have been keeping his coat pretty short. No pretty flowing cocker cut for him lately.

He used to let B cut his nails but he cut one too short once and now he will not let him near his toes. I take him to a local place in between grooms for his nails.
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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We have two Whippets... They're pretty low maintenance! So, their grooming basically consists of occasionally* brushing their coats with a rubber brush, trimming their nails, cleaning their ears (they're usually pretty grime-free), and bathing then every once in a while. We try not to bathe them too often, because their skin tends to dry out very easily if they're washed too often! We take them to a groomer every once in a while... Especially the white dog, because they get her coat nice and bright, which we can't always do!

*By occasionally I mean, literally, like two or three times a year. They rarely need it because their fur is so short. It just helps to take off some of the excess in the spring/summer.
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We have 2 miniature schnauzers. We take them to a grooming place every 7-8 weeks.
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I have 2 dogs a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and a ****-A-Poo. I take them to the groomers about every 6 weeks. They get hair cuts every other appt. (12 weeks).
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I've had bloodhounds and a coonhound. You can use a snood to keep his ears back when eating. Otherwise just buy some baby wipes and clean 'em off nightly. I cleaned outer ears nightly and inside the ears, flushed and wiped out weekly.
Hounds smell so there may not be a lot to do. The folds of skin, long ears, etc really trap the scent.

I only have short hair dogs so I do all my own grooming.
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Regarding ears...

My younger dog has chronic ear infection issues. Hundreds of dollars and multiple trips to the vet couldn't clear it up. Finally, I decided to use on the dog what I use on myself after swimming...a dropperful of vinegar/alcohol in her ear each day. That cured her. Now I just put it in her ears a couple times a week as maintenance. It keeps her infection free, but if I slack off, it comes right back. She hates it and takes off and hides whenever she hears the bottle opening.

I mix half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol in a little dropper bottle. Cheap. I learned about it online, after struggling with chronic pool ear infections in myself. Works great. The vinegar lowers the pH to an acidic level that nothing can live in, and the alcohol helps keep it dry.

I also pluck her ear hair while grooming. I use an ear powder to get a good grip and forceps to gently pull it out. She doesn't mind that. You would think it would hurt, but she barely notices, and having less hair to trap gunk really helps keep her healthier.
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When I had my sweet girl, I took her to the groomers every 6-8 weeks. She was a cockapoo, and since she didn't shed she needed to be regularly clipped. My groomer also did her nails, expressed her anal glands, and plucked her ears. In between, I had no trouble bathing her if necessary, and I cleaned her ears almost daily as she had LOTS of ear infections. For the last year and a half of her life, she was blind, hard of hearing, would routinely get staph infections on her skin, and other issues that I'm sure no one wants to hear about. My groomer was sooo good with her. I'll always be grateful for the kindness and care she showed her.
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SCG ~ if you have a tack shop near you, look for a shampoo there. Lots of specialty (not expensive by any means) ones for grey horses they will get your dog really white
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RCW, I'm glad you mentioned homemade solutions. Whatever I don't have to go to a pet store to get, the better. I already spend a crapload there now.

Crimsonhedemon, thanks for the snood tip. That may work.
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I have a 14 lb havanese with wavy silky hair. His breath smells some, but not his fur. I trim his nails when they start clacking (every 1-2 weeks), wash him when he's itching a lot (every 1-2 months), and I shave all his fur off when it starts matting (2-3 times a year).

When I give him a bath, I'll rub in salt where fleas tend to be, shampoo where he's dirty, and condition him all over really well to prevent matts. I use my own products on him. I leave his ears and tail long haired, which doesn't require much de-matting, but I don't want the hassle of having him long haired all over. That would require de-matting every day!

I took him to a groomer once, but they didn't do that good of a job for the money they charged! Shaving day is an all day affair, but I don't do it very often so I don't mind that much.

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Regarding ears...

My younger dog has chronic ear infection issues. Hundreds of dollars and multiple trips to the vet couldn't clear it up. Finally, I decided to use on the dog what I use on myself after swimming...a dropperful of vinegar/alcohol in her ear each day. That cured her. Now I just put it in her ears a couple times a week as maintenance. It keeps her infection free, but if I slack off, it comes right back. She hates it and takes off and hides whenever she hears the bottle opening.

I mix half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol in a little dropper bottle. Cheap. I learned about it online, after struggling with chronic pool ear infections in myself. Works great. The vinegar lowers the pH to an acidic level that nothing can live in, and the alcohol helps keep it dry.

I also pluck her ear hair while grooming. I use an ear powder to get a good grip and forceps to gently pull it out. She doesn't mind that. You would think it would hurt, but she barely notices, and having less hair to trap gunk really helps keep her healthier.
I need to try this but I am concerned the alcohol will irritate any sores he may have from scratching at his ears. What to do (rhetorical question for myself-lol)!!!

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When I had my sweet girl, I took her to the groomers every 6-8 weeks. She was a cockapoo, and since she didn't shed she needed to be regularly clipped. My groomer also did her nails, expressed her anal glands, and plucked her ears. In between, I had no trouble bathing her if necessary, and I cleaned her ears almost daily as she had LOTS of ear infections. For the last year and a half of her life, she was blind, hard of hearing, would routinely get staph infections on her skin, and other issues that I'm sure no one wants to hear about. My groomer was sooo good with her. I'll always be grateful for the kindness and care she showed her.
My groomer is also great with all of Casey's issues too and I so appreciate that.

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Here's what the bloodhound people recommend for cleaning the inside of the ear. This can clear up an infection and prevent.. Good stuff and much cheaper than the vet.
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My dog has a long slick coat, so has always been pretty easy. However, she's 13 now and as typical with age has developed a much thicker undercoat which sheds constantly. I've been trying to brush her as close to daily as possible to keep the hair down. We have a mobile groomer who will come here, which is great as my dog can get aggressive toward dogs she doesn't know so I won't let her go to a groomer elsewhere unless I can be there to make sure she stays under control. She's only been shaved short once and was miserable. I was on vacation and my mom had it done while I was gone - the poor dog shivered for weeks and couldn't get comfortable anywhere. I ended up giving her a long-sleeved shirt to wear tied up so she wouldn't step on it with her back legs, and she would just curl herself up inside it.

My mom's poodle mix is another with ear infections. Poor guy lasted almost a year in between this last time but typically his whole life has gotten them every few months - so expensive!
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