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Title: Blowing the coat
Post by: Joji on March 20, 2005, 01:26:16 pm
Does anyone have any sure-fire tips for the "blowing the coat" time of year? I've read that baths help (and it does for our shiba inu) as well as good, regular brushings. Any other tips? Special "wonder" brushes or grooming tools?
Thanks - Teresa
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: Lorrie on March 20, 2005, 07:26:56 pm
Any other tips? Special "wonder" brushes or grooming tools?
Thanks - Teresa
Bathing does help, and we also use a shedding blade.  That helps a lot, but suggest using it outside as the fur flies when used.
Lorrie
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: mgcsold on March 22, 2005, 09:12:06 pm
I agree with the already stated suggestions..
here are some more...I use these with my samoyed who is a double coated dog and about this time of year starts dropping what looks like pups all over the furniture and carpet ;D lol

anyway an undercoat rake, a pin brush and a dematting rake all work wonders as well.

Good Luck

Christi
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: Joji on March 23, 2005, 12:56:31 pm
Thanks for the suggestions.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a miracle cream ... one bath and -tah dah- the undercoat is off.
Teresa ... daydreaming
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: coolsocks on April 08, 2005, 05:20:30 pm
I highly recommend using a blower along with the bathing and other grooming tools. I have an Alaskan Malamute and a Siberian Husky. I will never be without a blower while I own a northern breed. Infact, I have several neighbors and friends who also have northern breed dogs that borrow mine. It's a really great investment.

Jennifer T. in MI
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: kildeskennel on April 25, 2005, 11:02:51 am
Hi I bounced over from the Kuvasz section, My Kuv's blow coat once a year and with the long white thick double coat it is truly a mess.  We have not found anything except brushing numerous times daily almost everytime we sit down to watch TV or read with the kids that will decrease the ammount white hair around the house.  It is just oneof those things I think.  The first year Beauty blew her coat I was like "WOW"  I told my husband I was sure she was going to be bald!  I buy my pet food at a specialty store and she recommended trying her on Solid Gold SeaMeal, which i did and have used ever since, it helps tremendously with shedding in general and her coat looks and feels healthier, but once again that yearly blowing out just happens.  I don't use anything but a wire brush or metal combs on my dogs.  A shedding blade it hard on their coat and if you show them its not recommended. We mist the dogs down good with water leave in hair conditioner and use a meaal comb with the teeth pretty close together, it helps to keep the hair from flying around and is beter on their coat than dry brushing which can cause the hair to break off and gives them a fuzzy look in spots.  I considered making a HUGE pillow out of last years blown coat but my husband thought I was insane!  I may do it yet and give it to him for a birthday present, I bet he would love it!

Does anyone have any sure-fire tips for the "blowing the coat" time of year? I've read that baths help (and it does for our shiba inu) as well as good, regular brushings. Any other tips? Special "wonder" brushes or grooming tools?
Thanks - Teresa
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: kildeskennel on April 25, 2005, 11:05:02 am
I should clarify about the shedding blade, its not recommended for Kuvasz, I did not mean Akita's or other breeds. ;D
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: mastiffmommy on April 25, 2005, 11:49:31 am
When working as groomer I did way more "de-shedding" than I ever wished for lol..... I was coughing up fur balls lol....
Sometimes I got in dogs with sooooo much coat and that were so little cared for by the owner, so I had to spend several hours de-shedding. Usually if they were not matted, I started with a regular slicker brush, just to go through the coat, then started from the back and worked my way to the front, lifting a little bit at the time, with a undercoat/underwool rake or comb. That usually gives you a trashbag full of hair. Then a warm bath, with at least two shampoos, towel dry and then while blow drying use the slicker brush and undercoat rake again. When dry they are ready to enter the coach, and mommy does not have to have a fit lol...

Hope you can get some use of this.

Marit
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: new2saints on April 25, 2005, 02:16:21 pm
Has anyone tried the Mars Coat King?  I have heard it works really well when they are blowing their coat?  I have not tried it, but was recommended it for my saint.  She still has the puppy fur, but I was thinking of trying it when she gets older.

new2saints
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: new2saints on May 15, 2005, 04:41:41 pm
What does the shedding rake look like?  Thanks,

new2saints
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: new2saints on May 15, 2005, 09:09:17 pm
Oh, yeah I have a shedding rake and it works really well.  I get handfuls of hair everytime I brush her.  I went to the Mars King websiite, and they do make wider blades.  Do you think that would make it easier to use or not?  Thanks,

new2saints
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: PrettySurvivor on September 22, 2005, 03:56:46 pm
I know Im horribly late w/ this reply, but I just had to tell ya, don't make the same mistake I did, lol.  I came home from vacation about two weeks ago & decided it was time for Giz to see a professional groomer as he was just reaking from the kennel smell.  Now mind you I had no idea what I was getting into, being as this was his 1st time w/ a groomer (he refuses to let me give him baths these days) & it never occurred to me that he was going into the seasonal blow-the-coat.   Well the groomers as wonderful as they are & as good smelling as he was... they blow dryed him (possibly w/o a good rake brush down).  Good for him, bad for me... for the last two weeks (its worse then usual during the shedding period) his hair has been everywhere.   I dont know why, but the blow dry part seems to have loosened every single hair on his precious body, I feel like I have been wearing a new fur coat & my vacuum has never seem such a work out,lol.   Stick w/ brush-outs & baths til you get thru the blow-the-coat season, expect it every 6 months or so.  Good luck.  lol.
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: thimbles4me on September 28, 2005, 01:22:29 am
I am new to this list but have to add a comment.  I have a Akita mix (with belgian shepard and chow) when she blows she gets combed out about six or seven times a day and she loves it. 
Hubby gets up at 4 and does it then my son does it before and after school and my daghter does it when she takes her turn an hour later before she goes to school and comes home. During the day if I am bored I comb her  out and hit all the spots the kids miss and again in the evening after everyone is in bed I will comb her.
She is so passive and just lays on one side then when she thinks that side is done she turns over for the other side.
I aslo try to run the vacume hose over her when I vacume she doesn't care much for that but she will hold still for me.  If she sees me get it out she runs and hides in her room (her crate) ;D
Diane
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: BabsT on September 28, 2005, 02:17:00 am
What a stunning animal!  Beautiful
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: tinks on May 02, 2006, 12:59:34 am
Find yourself a good strong blow dryer...and blow all that coat out. You will be brushing forever if you try to get it all out with a brush!! The blower gets in there and it seperates all that undercoat that is just sitting in there and get rid of all of it. It may take you a good hour or so to really get it all good and blown out...but it is so worth it in the end because it last!
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: bhender254 on May 02, 2006, 03:03:38 am
I just got a furminator comb and I love if for blowing coat. I thought I had gotten all of the hair with the undercoat rake,but there was a lot more to come out. After I finished with both dogs, they aren't leaving the hair bunnies around the house that we normally have.
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: Binky on May 02, 2006, 04:15:34 am
I am glad this post came back up- great suggestions.  Can anyone tewll me when I can expect Binky to blow her coat?  SHe's a Great Pyr, 10 months old.  Every time I see a chunk of hair, I wonder if it's starting, but from what I've read, I guess I'll know for sure when it does!  Also, I am thinking of having her clipped for the summer- would this be a bad idea if she hasn't blown her coat yet?  I don't want her to have holes in her fur!  Thanks.
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: DixieSugarBear on May 02, 2006, 08:40:01 am
Dixie is having her first full blow now she is 16 months.  I bet Binky will not have a full blow until next spring.

Lisa
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: Gypsy Jazmine on May 02, 2006, 11:42:09 am
Dixie is having her first full blow now she is 16 months.  I bet Binky will not have a full blow until next spring.

Lisa
I 2nd that...At 1 yr. Samson had a partial blow...This spring he is blowing coat like a big boy!...He will be 2 July 23...Pippin is also blowing big boy coat at 14 & 1/2 months...It's a good thing Sammy's breeder spins & knits the hair...otherwi se I'd feel all the brushing was a pain!...lol! :D
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: BabsT on May 02, 2006, 05:12:45 pm
Zero is in full blow this year at 18mths and well there are little zeros everywhere LOL... Chara is 11mths and well she might do a partial blow but I think she is waiting for next year to show mom what a CO can do during a fur storm LOl
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: DixieSugarBear on May 02, 2006, 08:07:57 pm
Will Sammy's breeder take in fur to spin from dogs not of her lines?  I have been saving some of Dixie and Sugar Bears (mixed). I would love to have a 5x5 square made for a photo box.

Lisa

Dixie is having her first full blow now she is 16 months.  I bet Binky will not have a full blow until next spring.

Lisa
I 2nd that...At 1 yr. Samson had a partial blow...This spring he is blowing coat like a big boy!...He will be 2 July 23...Pippin is also blowing big boy coat at 14 & 1/2 months...It's a good thing Sammy's breeder spins & knits the hair...otherwi se I'd feel all the brushing was a pain!...lol! :D

Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: cricket36580 on May 02, 2006, 08:10:21 pm
On the spinning note...  I was wondering if you quit sweeping or vacuuming, would you eventually have a felt carpet???   ;D  I have concrete floors and I was wondering if I could save myself several thousand dollars if I just let it all felt up.  I would have to figure something out about the smell though...  hmmmm...
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: longshadowfarms on May 02, 2006, 09:07:30 pm
Every time I see a chunk of hair, I wonder if it's starting, but from what I've read, I guess I'll know for sure when it does!  Also, I am thinking of having her clipped for the summer- would this be a bad idea if she hasn't blown her coat yet?  I don't want her to have holes in her fur!  Thanks.

Yup, you'll know when it happens!  LOL!!  There was a thread not long ago about clipping that had a lot of good pros and cons in it.  I just bumped it - it was in the Newfoundland discussion forum.

I thought a shedding blade had two handles, looks like a metal ribbon with teeth on one side????  I've used those on a horse but never a dog.  The undercoat rake is the one in the pic???  That's what I have and use - it works pretty well but some dogs don't like the pull on their fur. Maybe I'm mixed up - wouldn't be the first time! ;)  I end up using the slicker most of the time because my dogs don't like the pull of the rake or the matting comb.  I just cut out matts.  Mine aren't show dogs and their comfort is more important to me than their looks.  Mostly they have so much hair that even if I cut some out, the rest covers :o
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: Gypsy Jazmine on May 03, 2006, 04:56:24 am
Will Sammy's breeder take in fur to spin from dogs not of her lines?  I have been saving some of Dixie and Sugar Bears (mixed). I would love to have a 5x5 square made for a photo box.

Lisa

Dixie is having her first full blow now she is 16 months.  I bet Binky will not have a full blow until next spring.

Lisa
I 2nd that...At 1 yr. Samson had a partial blow...This spring he is blowing coat like a big boy!...He will be 2 July 23...Pippin is also blowing big boy coat at 14 & 1/2 months...It's a good thing Sammy's breeder spins & knits the hair...otherwi se I'd feel all the brushing was a pain!...lol! :D

I don't know Lisa but I will ask her sometime this week if I can get ahold of her...I'll let you know. :)
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: DixieSugarBear on May 03, 2006, 08:27:46 am
Cool, thanks.
Title: Re: Blowing the coat
Post by: seaherons on July 06, 2006, 12:58:06 pm
Cirra is currently blowing her coat.  She has always had a beautiful coat and now I need reassurance that she won't go bald.  I am using an undercoat rake, pin brush and comb.  She doesn't like the sound of a slicker brush???  Is the goal to brush out all of the undercoat and to keep  brushing until no more hair comes out???  I have read yes and no for a bath.  Suggestions?  Blowers?  I trust that what would be needed is more than a hand held dryer.  I enjoy brushing Cirra however it seems that she is getting tired of it.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  I will be brushing...