Any Grooming Questions?

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  1. Ash47

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    Hey Everyone! I am a groomer along with my fiance, and I am here to answer any questions about grooming any of you may have! Thanks all, can't wait to talk to you! Ashleigh
     
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    Hi, Ashleigh! Now, lol, where were you a couple of months ago when we needed you! Glad you're here now, anyway. You might want to go back through some of the older threads and see if you can clear up some of our grooming questions from the past . . .
     
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    I am sure your offer will be a great help. :)

    I, for one, will definitely take you up on it if I ever get the nerve to attempt to groom my 2 standard poodles myself! :eek:
     
  4. Ash47

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    Just wanted to bump this up so people can find it easier!
     
  5. NewYorker

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    I have a 5 1/2 month old Lhasa and need to know what to do with his hair that is full of static ;) When you pet him his hair stands up straight. Is there a special shampoo I should use? I've been using puppy shampoo. Thanks in advance...
    Christine
     
  6. Ash47

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    Hey Christine
    Just wash as you normally do. Condition heavily, then rinse. Once she is dry, get a fabric softener and rub it with the lay of the hair. If this doesn't work, just let me know. I have a few other tricks up my sleeve! ;)
     
  7. bonster

    bonster Disappointed :(

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    I'm happy with general coat grooming of my GSD-X, but the other day had a vet's assistant clip her claws down as they needed doing. On sight of the clippers she went absolutely beserk (woofing/growling and backing away) - we got it done but it was a hard job! Maybe she's seen them before and had the job badly done. This isn't a job I'd like to do myself, but how would you deal with the dog in these circumstances? The vet's assistance got spooked and ended up muzzling ( :eek: !! - for the first time ever) my dog.... (I wish she'd left it) how does a pro deal with a situation like that? (It was really weird, the assistant said she'd been bitten by another dog just the week before.)
    She's never bitten anyone, she just got scared. I've never seen her like that before, and the vet that knows her was pretty surprised too.
    Maybe you've got a tip or two you can share?
     
  8. Ash47

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    Hiya Bonster
    Try this: Your dog will be most comfortable having you do anything for her. Put her up on a table, washing machine, anything tall so that you don't have to bend. With Bonnie facing your right, put your left arm under her so that you are "cradling" her in a sense. With your left hand, pick up one paw, clip those claws with the clipper in your right hand. Proceed to the next one. Now, with Bonnie facing your left, cradle with left arm again. Pick up a paw with left hand, and clip with right. If you simply can't get her to do it, she may have to be sedated before getting them clipped.
    As I'm sure you probably know, letting the claws grow too much will cause them to curl around and grow into the paw pads. So, she must get them clipped occassionally. I hope this all helps, I know how a scared dog can be when getting groomed.
     
  9. bonster

    bonster Disappointed :(

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    Thanks for that - I'm going to be brave and learn to do it myself :) - I was pretty much decided anyway, and appreciate your comments.
    We only got though that escapade I'm sure because I was there - and we do have good trust, so that's the way forward.
    I think a lot of it was to do with the particular girl who was doing it -- she only told me afterwards that she'd got bitten last week, and she didn't seem very confident!
    Thanks for the advice!
     
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    Thank you Ashleigh, I will try that. I didnt mention my puppy is Ashley too :D
    Christine
     
  11. Renee750il

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    Ashleigh, what type of nail clippers do you recommend for very, very big dogs with EXTREMELY hard nails. Charley cut Shiva's with his wirecutters and they worked well, but were awfully ragged. One of her nails has split now and I can't help but believe that the ragged cutting probably contributed to or caused it.

    I'm wondering if I'm going to end up having to file her nails! :rolleyes: No, there's no way she'll let anyone near her with a Dremel. The big goofy girl is even afraid of the hairdryer, so any nail filing will have to be done by hand.
     
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    hi i have a question my dog hates brushes she will chew them up untill they crack and break she hates it when i brush her how can i get her to let me brush her i tried tying her to somethingbut not tightly and she tosses and turnes and bites me but not really hard just trying to tell me to stop and i know i have to because she has been dropping alot of hair lately she went to the groomer andout a week and a half ago and she wasnt letting out alot of hair but now its everywhere .i need help is there something i can do i would really appreciate the help
     
  13. Ash47

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    Renee,
    You should get either the guillotine or plier type nail cutters. I personally think pliers for big thick nails. Yea, they are ragged and split because of what they were cut with. No problem! You can fix that with a regular nail file. Only thing to remember is to go in an upward motion only when filing. Never down or side to side. This is so the nail stays angled to the floor. Hope this helps! Oh yea, you can go to www.petedge.com to get grooming supplies really cheap.
     
  14. Ash47

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    Hovo,
    You will just have to wait until your dog is laying asleep, or just relaxing. Let him smell the brush, if he starts to snap, take it away. Wait until he calms down then begin brushing very softly on the nape of the neck. Repeat this for a few days, until he starts getting more used to it. Then, start brushing more and more sections of the body until he completely used to it.
     
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    what kind of brush should i use the hair is about 1 to 2 inches long and thin it floats in the air
     
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    Puppy Dandruff

    Hello,

    I'm new to these forums.. I was seeking some grooming advice for my 10 week old Puppy.. He's a Pomeranian/Yorkie Mix.


    He has some dandruff... I've tried Oatmeal Shampoo.. My vet says it could be the sudden shift from cold and dry weather to hot and windy weather.. but i was wondering if there was something I could use for his dry skin.. cause i feel awful when he scratches.. cause his nails are so long he's getting scabs behind his ears/neck ... The vet said it might not be his flea collar... so i'm not sure if he has allergies or if its just dandruff and weather related.

    I also wanted to ask about trimming his nails.. I know that if you trim a cats nails too short and cut the nerve they bleed... do i have to worry about that with doggies too? cause his nails are black i can't see the vein/nerve.

    Thank you for any advice you may have to offer!

    - Khristine
     
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    I would absolutely love to have a primer for trimming nails. I've trained dogs twice my size that were itching to take a bite out of me and not batted an eye, but when I go to trim my sweetie's nails I get soooo nervous. I've "quicked" him more than once, and although it doesn't bother him much, I get all huffy about it! I know I'm just ridiculous, but I'd really like to have a good, solid rule for cutting those black nails. Thanks!
     
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    A few people here use a Dremel tool to file. The theory is that it's easier to do, there's no loud "snap" to startle the dog or an uncomfortable pulling. I don't know. I can only imagine Shiva's reaction. Or Kharma's. Bimmer, thankfully, manages to keep his nails nice and tidily worn down to the perfect length. Just one more thing the little feller does right . . . :D
     
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    What a good boy that bimmer is! I had a horse like that. All solid black hooves (stronger) that she wore down perfectly and the farrier would trim every once in awhile and always commented on how great her feet were. Do you think she passed that on to her baby? Nooo... of course not. she got her daddy's feet. :rolleyes:
     
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