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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Grooming older Havanese

Django will be 12 in January. Although he looks like he's 3 and sometimes acts like a puppy, he's getting up there in age and I am finding that grooming is becoming a bit more difficult for him.

He doesn't have the stamina he use to have, standing in the sink for his bath and standing for an hour to get his hair cut is a little taxing on him. The groomer is aware of his "lack of energy" and does what she can to move the process along however he's got such thick coat that it just takes time to groom. Anyone have any tips on grooming a senior dog or how to make it easier on him?
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I have no advice, but will be following for ideas to help in the future.

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The year before our Dani Girl died I had to adjust how she lived her every day life, including getting a bath. I'd bathe Dani and Bella once a week--which had a benefit since neither could get very dirty in the time between baths. I was able to keep Dani's hair shorter and could quickly shampoo her. She was tried immediately dried to not get chilled--even in summer.

But now Bella is 8 and I found giving her a weekly bath in the shower has helped. We have a Rainshower filter on the shower head so she rinses quickly. It was a strain on my back at first but I've learned how to handle the stretching into the shower stall. The shower filter has helped Bella's skin too.

I will trim her nails when her feet are wet since they're easier to see but I can do this any day--not just the day she gets a bath. Same with her ears--I don't know if spreading out the grooming ordeal is easier on Bella or me! Every night she gets her teeth brushed and I'll brush her coat 5-6 times a week--which is easier on Bella since the coat is shorter (not short, just shorter).

I know what you mean about them getting older but not showing it. These Havanese are perpetual puppies.
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