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Debris in coat prevention?

Lola had a wild romp at the park the other day and a ton of grass and leaves stuck to her coat. She was so covered in dry grass that all the other dog owners were laughing & commenting on how she was going to need a bath! I figured her coat was more "velcro" than usual because she was dirty. But, even after a bath with IOD 12 & 51, she seems to be getting more and more debris stuck to her coat lately -- leaves, grass, burrs....you name it, it sticks! She's always been prone to the occasional leaf or twig, but lately its like she's a magnet for anything loose on the ground. Is there any sort of grooming spray, or something you can use to prevent this? Maybe a stronger conditioner? I wonder if its a sign of her coat texture changing?

Here's a picture of her at the park just to spice up this thread The little yorkie was in looooove with her!
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I had a similar problem today when dear Julio visited the farm and walked through a pile of lawn clippings. In the next few days I will bath him and use my horse grooming product to see if it makes a difference...will report back later to see how it works.


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My recommendation make sure you are rinsing out all of the conditioner. Dora has a long full coat and when I tried that leave in conditioner rinse on her, it was a nightmare. She has a coat but she is outside everyday and the dirt and debris was all over her. That being said, a lot more stuff sticks to her coat than Dasher's naturally as well. The good thing is, she will even stop and pick it out when she is outside

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Kodi picks out the big stuff by himself too. He's also got a long coat, and spends lots of time out doors. He does pick up lots of stuff, but a quick brush usually removes anything that's not sticky with no trouble. If it's sticky stuff.. either burrs or pine pitch, it's going to take more work to get off, no matter what your basic grooming process is.

I will tell you a trick I learned one day when he came home absolutely caked with dried mud and woods debris. I filled the sink with warm water and a ton of conditioner, and stood him in it. I combed the stuff out of his coat while he was standing in it. The conditioner in the water made everything slippery enough that it came loose very quickly. Then I emptied the sink, took all the junk out, (there wax a pile big enough for a bon fire!) and bathed him as usual.

I think if he hadn't needed a bath anyway, I could have just rinsed him and dried him at that point, and he would have been fine. The key was to have enough conditioner in the water that the debris just slid out of his coat with the comb.

Fortunately, he's only come home THAT dirty once!

Oh, and for burrs, I've found that picking them out by hand seems to work best. Pine pitch comes out easily with a little vegetable oil, followed by washing that spot. (so the oil doesn't get all over your house)


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The longer the coat is the more it picks up. I accept this as a fact with the Havanese when you live in the woods. Smarty’s cotton coat picks up more than Galen’s silk coat. We sweep the floor several times a day and they are brushed out every night to get the hidden grass and twigs.

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Our previous dog was a whippet (everything shed off of him, including mud!), so when we got these guys, we found it amazing and hilarious how much stuff they got in their coats. Now that we've made the decision to keep them in shorter coats it makes a huge difference. Autumn is the worst, though!

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I like that conditioner trick Karen! Sometimes its impossible to get everything out with the brush/comb. I'll try rinsing out the conditioner longer too. I take more time rinsing out the shampoo than the conditioner, probably b/c that's what I do with my own hair.

Lola picks stuff out too. Its so funny....she'll stop short wherever she is and start frantically trying to get the stuck leaf or twig out. But after her romps at the park she looks like she took a roll in the hay, dried grass stuck everywhere! She tries to shake it off, but it doesn't all come out with a good shake. I think summer is the worst in So Cal. We don't have autumn leaves in the fall, but a lot of dried grass & burrs in the summer. And foxtails too, which I have to watch out for.

Maybe her sudden "velcro-ness" a sign her coat has grown longer! Its tough to tell b/c I see her everyday.
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Maybe her sudden "velcro-ness" a sign her coat has grown longer! Its tough to tell b/c I see her everyday.
It could be that she's gown longer, it could also be she is changing the coat some. How old is she? I think we all start out a bit decieved by those wonderful puppy coats. They are shiny and healthy and rich and they never tangle or pick up much of anything! Then the dog matures and the coat becomes thicker and longer and slightly different texture and the dogs begin to track everything into the house!
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She turned 1 on June 7th. Her coat seems pretty silky still, but it seems to be getting thicker. We haven't had a bad coat blowing yet, I'm still waiting....secretly hoping I escaped it!

We had another "debris" incident at the park yesterday. But this was no leaf or twig. A BEE got caught in her beard. I FREAKED out! Lola was stung by a bee once and had a bad reaction. So I'm always on the look-out for bees on the sidewalk/grass. She shook her head a little like she had a burr or something stuck on her. I looked to see what it was and there was a bee crawling in her fur near her mouth. I screamed [I'm a wuss and totally afraid of bees]...took an unused poop bag and put it over my hand so I wouldn't get stung and tried to swat it away. Lola was little freaked out by this and started moving around and the bee crawled into her mouth!! I was able to hold her mouth open & swat it off her tongue. HOLY *&%$, I was so scared that she was going to swallow it or it would sting her in the mouth. But, I was able to swat it away and she didn't get stung. I saw it was alive on the ground and Lola wasn't shaking her head or making any indications she'd been stung. Phew!

Glad it happened on my watch, b/c my DH wouldn't have noticed the bee crawling on her. I told him if she ever starts biting/scratching in a certain spot or shaking her head, to assume she's been stung and take her to the vet for a steroid shot [benadryl wasn't strong enough for her first sting incident].

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She turned 1 on June 7th. Her coat seems pretty silky still, but it seems to be getting thicker. We haven't had a bad coat blowing yet, I'm still waiting....secretly hoping I escaped it!
Sorry about the bee sting incident. That sounds scary! Geez right into her mouth too.

It was right about 1 years old when I noticed the coat being thicker and them dragging in more "stuff" too. I don't think anyone escapes the coat blowing but some are much less drastic than others. Marley's seem to come in sections..he would tagle some behind the ears and then things were cool for awhile and then I would get some fanny tangles and then nothing.. like he was changing out his coat in stages. t never become overwhelming and I didn't go through weeks of pure hell...but there was matting and he surely changed his coat.
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