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I've been hand stripping any fluffy bits...takes ages! I recently bought a Moult Stoppa and a Porcupine brush from a firm called Rosewood, which leave the coat with a nice shine. They both do a great job but It's a bit tricky over the legs though, hence the stripping. You've just got to keep on top of it and regular baths help to dislodge the dead hair. A good conditioning shampoo and conditioner is a must. I use the Groomers vet grade EPO range but other ES members have said that they use other products, including pantenne. Whatever you choose, it needs to be a good conditioning shampoo and conditioner. Watch his weight but it would be useful to give him a supplement in his food. He needs oil to keep his skin from getting too dry. I bath Benson once a fortnight and his coat is beginning to look as it should.
I hope that helps.
Just before we leave the site, we've had enough, we use wet hands only. The dogs love it and it is brilliant for getting out the dead hair, it also helps with just checking them over for bumps and lumps. Wet rubber gloves are good too but be careful because they can get snared amongst the hairs and pull it which hurts. We find wet hands are the best. Good luck and give Reuben a little hug.
Thank you, wet hands is a good idea. Like you said, you can assess their all over condition.
Your grooming bag sounds like mine Dianne. Have used Powder Puff for harsh coats (Hush Puppy) to help with hand stripping. It makes the dead coat much easier to grip. Not showing now so the boys get the full treatment a little less often.
Louise, I use a Coat King on Ruby & Ben, they are like sheep otherwise. Have to be very gentle and careful with this tool, but found the only thing that gets rid of the dense undercoat and really thins it out, works for mine.
I use Yumega Show Coat for Rigsby (entire) and in the past, I've used Salmon Oil for Benson as it is cheaper, but I've recently changed him onto Evening Primrose Oil. Yet to know if it works as well but he's on a diet and I thought this would be less calorific. It's the omega 3 & 6 in the oil that you need to look for. Pilchards (I get them in tomato), or fresh oily fish are also good. If you get it in cans, avoid the ones in brine.
My pleasure. It is an up hill task and I spend more time grooming Benson than I do Rigsby, but it's worth it in the end. A little everyday works wonders!
I get my EPO from the Groomers website as it's the only place I've found that stock it. It would be easier if I could pop down to Holland & Barrett but the human stuff isn't safe for dogs!