Giving your Lab a bath
Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:16 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:45 AM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:22 AM
I get my two bathed once a year - not really good for a dogs fur, but necessary for my nose. As for the nails, I would clip the dew claws every few weeks, but the nails that be on the ground never need clipped as they wear down naturally.
Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:00 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 04:20 PM
As we have only had Brodie a little over a month and he had a bath before being shipped up to us, we haven't had the need to bath him yet. But I'm curious, If labs should only be washed @ 3 times a year, how do you control the "dog" smell to them? Brodie is pretty clean and you can't walk into our house and say "oh, you can tell they have a dog from the smell" but when we're playing with him and up close, you can definately start to notice a dog smell to him. Not bad yet but just curious if there is a dry bath or something you can use between normal bathing to keep the dog smell down?
Posted 24 February 2009 - 03:20 PM
Posted 24 February 2009 - 08:48 PM
Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:34 AM
We clip their nails monthly. We don't use those small silver nail clippers that you often see vets using. Those tend to break the nails. They are ok for little dogs with thin little nails but not for labs. We use a larger set of clippers that look more like pliers or wire cutters. They trim the nail very neatly and the dogs don't seem to mind them much at all.
Posted 06 March 2009 - 04:32 AM
As for nails, fortunately our two are desensitized and line up for their pedicure when the Dremel comes out.
Started using the Dremel when we were breeding large Parrots, (Beaks and Claws) its ideal because of the heat generated by the friction, it seals as it sands down.
Doug & Mary
Posted 06 March 2009 - 08:25 PM
The Pedi-Cure nail trimmer, does it make a lot of noise? I would have to get a Dremel tool, so I don't know how loud it is. Pluto goes bananas when there are loud noise. He hides if I try to run the vacuum when he is in.
Posted 08 March 2009 - 09:18 AM
As for nails, i pretty much have to take him to the vet to to Petsmart and have them do it. That way i can hold his wiggly butt down and they can do the trimming.
The ear wipes black_knight mentioned are interesting because Sawyer's ears are gross.
Posted 09 March 2009 - 06:54 PM
Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:58 PM
The Pedi-Cure nail trimmer, does it make a lot of noise?
The Pet-i-cure is not particularly loud but it does make a humm sound. No where near as loud as a vaccuum cleaner. It is sold either electric model, around $75 or battery model around $20. On the website you can order just the nail grooming head if you have a Dremel.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 03:24 PM
Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:23 PM
A lot of times the doggy smell you may have on your dog can come from dead hair in their coat. We brush our dogs every other day with a wide tooth grooming comb. I find brushes don't work very well on labs. We brush their coat the "right way" (with the grain) to get everything settled then we do a total reverse (against the grain) comb to loosen all the dead hair. Finally a finishing brush in the right direction(with the grain) makes them all pretty again.
No more doggy smell.
The food you feed them could also make them smell. I have heard people who feed the RAW diet say that their dog no longer has any smell once established on that diet.
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