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#1 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

I have three dogs, a Labrador, and two Norwegian Elkhounds. Today was designated bath day.

I washed the Labradog first. She seemed to enjoy it after the first soulful look - probably because all of that washing feels a bit like a full body pat. A fair bit of hair came out, as expected. However, once the conditioner went on, the loose hair started to come out in handfuls. I know she hasn't been groomed as often as I should do it, but fair dinkum - she started shaking the water off, and more loose hair went flying in all directions.

I did junior Elkhound next. She resorted to licking my face whenever I got close enough. Her day was made, even though the 'cuddles' involved lots of soap and water. Luckily she's a big fan of being groomed, so there was less fur than I was expecting when we got to the conditioner bit. Mind you 'less' is somewhat relative - I swear there was enough fur for a chihuahua there.

I left madam difficult "I hate grooming" Elkhound for last.  She tried to resist, but unfortunately for her, I can lift her relatively easily. She gave me the big sad brown eyes and attempted to evade the hose at every opportunity. Yeah, that's why the lead is attached to a fence pole. After significant effort, I had a cleaner dog, who had managed to shed a cat - and that was before the conditioner. huh.gif  I swear she had a whole Elk hidden in that fur, it slid out when the conditioner went on.

Although I'd shaved my legs this morning, they were decidedly forest-like by the end of the dog washing. Fur sticks like nobody's business. I think that was my third shower for the day, getting it off - I certainly got plenty of shower while washing the dogs, they like to share the joy. biggrin.gif

Of course, given that DD has developed chicken pox, I did briefly consider postponing the fun. But you see, the dogs have all been raiding the apple trees. And eating green, unripe apples. Which give dogs a grumbly tummy. Which exploded all over Buttercup's crate. Which meant cleaning crates at 5:30am this morning. Payback is a b**ch, ain't it? wink.gif

(DH cleaned and dried all of the dog bedding and crate covers - very sweet of him to do it for me - the cat is still sniggering at the dogs)

#2 Stellajoy

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

So are you telling me if I condition my lab it gets more hair out? I only ever shampoo.


Please tell me this is true.

#3 beaglebaby

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

Well done.  Miss Kelpie is in desperate need for a bath - especially since she has decided that the comfy bed in the lounge isn't as good as sleeping beside my bed.  We started with dogs outside, then dogs inside but not on carpet - it's a steady decline!

#4 FeralBee

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

I'm amazed at the amount of fur we get off our kelpie/lab cross. We recently bought furminator brushes for our animals (best things ever!), and we got a pile of fur off her that was the size of our cat. The other pup is short-haired, so her grooming is a lot more manageable thank goodness. Will need to get some conditioner for their next bath!

#5 Charli73

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Our big tough German shepherd cries like a baby at bath time and tries to eat the hose... I hate it as the neighbors think I'm torturing her and I end up just as wet and covered in fur as she is, sheesh!!

#6 ~Nic~

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:11 PM

This is my girl after I spent about 3hours with her and her furminator...



Thankfully, she only throws her coat like this a few times a year.

I hadn't heard about conditioner helping get rid of excess hair... going to try that on Saturday when she gets washed again...

(edited to resize pic)

Edited by ~Nic~, 27 December 2012 - 09:15 PM.


#7 FiveAus

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

Mine are all vying for title of the most hair shed in a day. Older black tri b**ch is winning by a country mile.They are getting helped along by regular hydro baths. I did two yesterday and decided to pop the lab who was visiting from next door in as well. She was fine until I turned the water on then I didn't see her for dust. Strange Labrador!

#8 midstudentcatie

Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

Those Elkies can hide a surprising amount of fluff! Mooch was groomed daycare a couple of months ago, and it took so long to get all of the loose hair out that they had to charge us the large dog rate...oops! Apparently there was more elkhound on the floor than there was on the grooming table biggrin.gif

#9 FiveAus

Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:33 AM

I always thought Norwegian Elkhounds were large dogs....at least the size of a husky. But a few weeks ago I was at a dog show and my friend and I were watching a class of neutered dogs in the ring and there was this little fluffy grey dog on the end.
We were both trying to work out what breed it was and drew a blank, so grabbed a catalogue to have a look, and it was an Elkhound, much to our surprise. It would not have come up to the handlers knee. And it wasn't a pup.

#10 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:36 AM

Yes, conditioner really does help get the fur out. Excellent stuff - sort of detangles the fur so it slides out more easily. And they smell great too. biggrin.gif

My lounge room looks like a blizzard after a visit from the Norwegians last night. As for outside - Wow. DH did some extensive grooming and it seriously looks like it snowed. But spread around a lot. The local birds are going nuts trying to collect it.

Nic, ours don't blow all at once, which is a shame - I think I'd prefer to have a second dog's worth of coat stripped from them at one time.

How big is Mooch now Catie? Anja is a whopping great 24kg, and nearly as tall as Buttercup (who is tall by Labrador girl standards, although within the breed standards). Ursa is about 22kg, but she has a much heavier coat - the fully adult coat is something to be seen.

5A, Elkies are shorter than most huskies, but much stronger across the chest. So a stockier dog.  Mine are both taller than my knee though. The girls can be much smaller.

Today's job is more grooming - to complete the job started yesterday. And to clean up the dog run. The fur is just amazing...

#11 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:02 PM

I washed Elly last weekend and ended up with arms that looked like a gorillas!

Ellys fur comes out in CHUNKS! Because of her having so many ops this year she hadn't had a bath for 12 months! So she got washed and now she still smells so I think she needs another bath and another shear to get the bulk of the fur off!

You can't brush her, her fur is so thick. I have to pluck it out because brushes just get stuck in her fur.

#12 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

QUOTE (~Nic~ @ 27/12/2012, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is my girl after I spent about 3hours with her and her furminator...



Thankfully, she only throws her coat like this a few times a year.

I hadn't heard about conditioner helping get rid of excess hair... going to try that on Saturday when she gets washed again...

(edited to resize pic)


Have you thought of getting a spinning wheel and spinning the hair? We had a Newfie who shed hair constantly and our dog-washer told us she had once owned a Newfie and would collect the washed hair, spin it into yarn and knit jumpers with it, much to the embarrasment of her children.

#13 ~Nic~

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

QUOTE (Old Grey Mare @ 28/12/2012, 07:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you thought of getting a spinning wheel and spinning the hair? We had a Newfie who shed hair constantly and our dog-washer told us she had once owned a Newfie and would collect the washed hair, spin it into yarn and knit jumpers with it, much to the embarrasment of her children.



LOL... I was just talking about this with my inlaws! I know someone that works as a foster carer for Hunter Animal Rescue.. might find out if they know of anyone that could make little doggy jumpers for pups in rescue.. would that work, or would the scent of another dog be too confusing for them?

#14 midstudentcatie

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:27 PM

She's a whole 19.5kg! Can't quite crack the 20 mark, although I reckon she's put on a bit in the last week thanks to all of those Christmas pigs ears Tounge1.gif It's a beautiful day today, will try and get some new photos!

5A, Mooch is on the smaller end of breed standard - she comes to just below my knee. They're not big dogs by any means, although very stocky and ridiculously strong! Are you in SA by chance? There's a new Elkie boy that's just started showing here, he's a gorgeous thing although probably a similar size to Mooch already and he's only 8 months old!

#15 FiveAus

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

QUOTE (midstudentcatie @ 29/12/2012, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She's a whole 19.5kg! Can't quite crack the 20 mark, although I reckon she's put on a bit in the last week thanks to all of those Christmas pigs ears Tounge1.gif It's a beautiful day today, will try and get some new photos!

5A, Mooch is on the smaller end of breed standard - she comes to just below my knee. They're not big dogs by any means, although very stocky and ridiculously strong! Are you in SA by chance? There's a new Elkie boy that's just started showing here, he's a gorgeous thing although probably a similar size to Mooch already and he's only 8 months old!



No, I'm in Vic which is where I usually show, although I sometimes venture up to southern NSW and meet a friend there for a weekend of showing. Normally I don't notice the breeds outside of my own group (working dogs), but for some reason, we were watching a group of neutered utility dogs and couldn't work out what the small grey one was. It would have been Kelpie sized or maybe the size of a Shiba Inu. And at a guess, maybe 10-12 kgs in weight.

#16 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:10 PM

Seems a strange weight for an Elkie boy, they're quite um, stocky - and around the height of a labrador. How strange for one to be so small. Do you know who was the breeder 5A?

Catie, your Mooch must be quite like our Ursa, I think. Smaller and daintier. Actually, I think they are related through Graabine lines. Gabor produced a lot of very pretty dogs - lovely shaped heads and some of the girls tended towards the smaller end of the standard.

Our local breeder (Norvaan) has imported a USA Champion pup - a boy. Most delightful dog, and a real credit to his breeder. Gorgeous boy - I suspect he will go on to win quite a few things over time, if he deigns to behave himself in the ring. I got to have a good pat and cuddle with him - after he'd refused to allow the judge to examine him. Bugger, because he was definitely a class above the rest of the competitors (and at least twice the height of a Shiba!).

#17 Lim Lam

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

QUOTE (~Nic~ @ 27/12/2012, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is my girl after I spent about 3hours with her and her furminator...



Thankfully, she only throws her coat like this a few times a year.

I hadn't heard about conditioner helping get rid of excess hair... going to try that on Saturday when she gets washed again...

(edited to resize pic)


W.O.W Im not from this section but I had no idea dogs could shed so much!!!

#18 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 29/12/2012, 02:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No, I'm in Vic which is where I usually show, although I sometimes venture up to southern NSW and meet a friend there for a weekend of showing.


Where abouts in Southern NSW?


#19 FiveAus

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:18 PM

QUOTE (PussyDids @ 29/12/2012, 03:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Where abouts in Southern NSW?



That would have been in Canberra, actually so not technically NSW at all. Although most of the dogs in the show would have been NSW. Other areas I've shown are Albury and the Cootamundra-Temora area. 2013 will hopefully see me expand that area a bit. Hoping to do some on the south coast.

#20 FiveAus

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:22 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 29/12/2012, 03:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Seems a strange weight for an Elkie boy, they're quite um, stocky - and around the height of a labrador. How strange for one to be so small. Do you know who was the breeder 5A?



No idea who the breeder was and even if I'd read the name, it wouldn't have meant anything to me. Not sure if it was a dog or a b**ch, I used the term "dog" as a general term, and in the dog show world, neuter is anything that's been desexed, it's not a gender-specific term.
We were watching the group and wondering what the grey dog was, finally curiosity got the better of my friend and she went and found a catalogue and matched the dogs number with the catalogue number and it was a Norwegian Elkhound. Never in a million years would I have picked it for that breed.




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