Jump to content

Today I washed the dog...
*Fluff* literally....


  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#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 FeralSqueakyBee

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 Alpha_Chook

Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:21 AM

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)


Thats not fur, thats another dog ohmy.gif WOW!!


#11 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...

#12 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.

#13 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.

#14 ~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?

#15 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!

#16 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.

#17 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!).

#18 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!!!

#19 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?


#20 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.

#21 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.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

We face financial ruin, but most of us don?t realise it. If we don?t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls? Financial Crisis.

'I'm happy to know I'm changing lives': surrogate mum of two

I know that once the baby is born, I will focus on the gift I have given, and watch the parents with their new child. I can't wait for that day.

Birth trauma and the issue of informed consent

There is a perception that women should just be happy they have a healthy baby in their arms. But for women who experienced birth trauma, there's a lot more to it.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever

They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Ada Nicodemou shares tribute to her stillborn baby

Just over one month since Ada Nicodemou and her husband lost their second son, the Home and Away star has shared a touching poem for her baby.

Mum causes stir breastfeeding on train

?To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.

10 things they don?t tell you about being pregnant

As I slowly waddle my ever-changing pregnant body towards the finishing line of my due date, it?s becoming increasingly clear there are a lot of things they just don?t tell you about pregnancy.

Overcoming a fear of the dark

A toddler's fear of the dark is very normal, but there are ways parents can help children through this stage in their development.

Kids, TV and movies: how young is too young?

It seems you don't have to throw the TV and iPad out the window - it all boils down to moderation, supervision and interaction.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

?A baby?s first birthday is also mum?s first birthday.?

The day Supernanny came to tea

Prince William's favourite celebrity child trainer Jo Frost puts Bryony Gordon and her toddler through their paces.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I?m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children?s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

Dying mum saves baby with last breath

Dying from a gunshot wound, Jessica Arrendale used the last of her energy to hide her baby from her killer.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Reader offer

2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

For Shopping, For Advice, For Baby & You. Enjoy a special day out with fabulous shopping from over 200 brands, leading parenting experts offering advice on a range of topics, and amazing children?s entertainment

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.