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Bath and paw trim

Hey. I've done some undercarriage bathing of Lucky which he seems to enjoy, but we're working our way up to a real bath. Two questions thank you:

1. We ordered a stand up hair dryer for after the bath, but I'm not sure how to coordinate that. I turn it on and hold the dog in front of it or brush and dry as I do with my own hair?

2. We have all wood floors and it's pretty funny watching the puppy slide around but I realize it's a lot because the hair on his feet has grown and sort of covers his treads. Do I just trim around the paw pads? Seems dangerous (and I've ordered a blunt ended scissor).

Looking forward with a bit of trepidation.
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Hey. I've done some undercarriage bathing of Lucky which he seems to enjoy, but we're working our way up to a real bath. Two questions thank you:

1. We ordered a stand up hair dryer for after the bath, but I'm not sure how to coordinate that. I turn it on and hold the dog in front of it or brush and dry as I do with my own hair?

2. We have all wood floors and it's pretty funny watching the puppy slide around but I realize it's a lot because the hair on his feet has grown and sort of covers his treads. Do I just trim around the paw pads? Seems dangerous (and I've ordered a blunt ended scissor).

Looking forward with a bit of trepidation.
The dryer depending on what setting you put it on can be dangerous. Start with a very low speed. Some high speed dryers can hurt their little bones. Don't face it so it goes in his face. I am still after over a year not very coordinated at drying. The dryer is good to get the hair dried from the skin out . I start with my comb and do more brushing when the brush slides threw easy.
I was taught with a bikini trimmer for the paw pads it seems scary at first but is really easy just slow and steady I don't put very much pressure. You can see the hair that needs to be cut. I have used scissors mine are short ones. Did anyone tell you about ear hair? You pinch out the fuzz out of their ears. That has also taken me over a year to feel comfortable . Some where their is a really good grooming video called grooming 101. I posted it a while back I'll see if I can find it.
Its a really good idea to spend a lot of time touching his paws and looking at his teeth. Get him used to all that so nail clipping and teeth brushing will feel comfortable for him.

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I buzz the bottom paw hair off with a little clipper. Be touching your pup while the dryer is on, so he is not over heated. I found when the boys were little....I got wet by holding the boys so close because they were afraid of the blowing. I always aim the dryer at the under carriage while I am combing out....combing small flicking motions until I am through the tangles.



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I'm trying to get the video link to work . Maybe someone else knows where to find it Grooming 101
Talemaker site.

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Thanks so much Suzi. I ordered this dryer http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=14124
which got good reviews. I'll be careful. Guess you sort of hold the puppy and approach the heat. Is it essential to put cotton balls in his ears which I really don't want to do? At what age do their ears start needing to be plucked?And at what age do they start blowing coat?? Thanks so much for this.

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As for drying, typically you would want the puppy on a safe surface, your lap or a grooming table, or even a counter that is safe and then blow dry the pup, using one hand on the dryer, one hand on the pup... as the pup gets older and less wiggly you can actually use one hand to comb/brush and the other to blow dry. UNLESS you get a dryer 'arm' which holds the dryer OR if you are lucky enough to have HELP bathing! LOL

Blowing coat varies, but typically will start between 7-10 months and could last a few months... we are here for you!!

As for the cotton balls... LOL that seems like a cruel joke or something, I could NEVER, NEVER get those stupid things to stay IN her ears!! I am somewhat careful and actually use a hand to kind of 'close down' her ears when I am cleaning that area. I also use an after the bath "liquid" that I squirt in her ears and massage it around. She shakes out an excess, it dries up any water that may have gotten in the ears!
As for the ear hair, some people never have a problem with it, others do. Tillie ended up getting a HORRID ear infection from baths at the groomers (and them not taking care of her ears!). It was BAD, black, nastiness in both ears and SO painful she would cry when we touched them. The vet tech had to hold her while the vet cleaned out some of the gunk so that the ear drops could actually get IN her ears!! Since then I check them everyday when I brush her out do the drops after every bath (every week or 2) and then every few months actually trim out some of the hair that grows IN the ear and some on the very front (you can't SEE any difference, just gives the ears some breathing room!). Once we got that first ear infection under control we started cleaning the 'dead' hair out of her ear canals with a gripper tool thing... we do NOT 'pluck' the ear hair, only taking out what is naturally shed!! Now adays (she's nearly 2!!) When I trim the hair every few months I actually just use my fingers and go in as 'deep' as my stubby fingers can go and grip and pull out any dead hair, I do this several times until nothing it coming out. It does NOT hurt the pup AT ALL, you just have to be firm and just do it, making sure you don't get any hair that is still rooted to thier skin!!
As a puppy you just want to flip her ears back and check them for now, you'll see when they are getting really hairy and you can DECIDE if you want to trim the hair back a bit or not. Like I said, not all havs have issues with ear infections...
btw, she hasn't had another ear infection, since I took over ALL of her groomin!

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For paw pads only use clippers. You can buy a pair of trimmers (small clipper) for not too much. I just scissored my dog's pads last night but I've trimmed several hundred paw pads and am comfortable with scissors and I know she won't kick her feet out, which is the most common way a nick happens, and puppies are constantly wiggling. Puppies are super sensitive to everything, so as long as the experiences are tolerable (air isn't too hot, water's not too cold or hot, you're not clipping nails too short, etc) puppies should be allowed to have their "moment" of protest, but I don't back off with any cries to let them know that it needs to be done and it's not that bad. When we finish, puppy gets a lot of praise and a a treat. Make sure you're not rewarding behavior you don't want. If you back off of a crying puppy while brushing gently, clipping nails, etc, that puppy will get the message that he just needs to cry, growl or show teeth and he gets what he wants. My dog used to growl when I brushed her face, but I taught her that it's not acceptable (saying "no" firmly) and making sure I was being gentle. She is now great for brushing and my MIL was shocked that she was behaving so well while I brushed her. She used to have a Shih Tzu who apparantly would scream for the entire time while she brushed her, but she was probably just tugging on mats which would have been painful.
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At what age do their ears start needing to be plucked?
I've never plucked Timmy's ears, both my breeder and vet said it's not necessary. I do keep an eye on them however and make sure they are dried very well after bathtime.

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And at what age do they start blowing coat??
I have no idea and I'm not looking forward to it. I think I'm in denial.

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We have all wood floors and it's pretty funny watching the puppy slide around but I realize it's a lot because the hair on his feet has grown and sort of covers his treads. Do I just trim around the paw pads? Seems dangerous (and I've ordered a blunt ended scissor).
I've been trimming Timmy's hair from his pads with blunt ended scissors quite a few times. I wait until he's sleeping and it works like a charm. I don't go in between his pads though.

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OMG! I thought i had read everything. What is blowing coat??
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"Blowing Coat" will make all your gray hair come in, it will test every nerve in your body, and you will................learn patience or your hav will be in a short groom.



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