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thlewis
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PostSubject: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:58 am

Howdy Ya'll,

So my 10 mo. old pup (Yukon) is blowing his coat for the first time, and when I go into brush it away, even after a ferminator bath, he crys bloody murder. Our childhood husky loved being brushed, but Is it possible for his skin to be sensitive from the brushing (once a day) or is he just whining? I've started feeding him breakfast after brushing so he'll be more keen to it.

Thanks Alot
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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:23 am

Did you only just start brushing for the first time when he started blowing coat? If so then he may just be protesting since he's not used to it. That's one reason I recommend brushing when they are puppies even if they are not shedding just to get them used to it. And a lot of sibes behave like that when brushing, I'd give it more time and keep it up. My boy is like that with brushes he doesn't like or when he's just had enough. I'd keep brushing time limited for now and keep up with the positive association. Have you tried a different brush to see if that might be the cause of the reaction? My boy is great with most brushes but he HATES the slicker and he also gets irritated with the Furminator after a while.

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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:15 pm

My dog isn't a huge fan of being brushed, but he'll stick it out as long as we give him something high value while we're doing it. Generally, my husband holds him and brushes and I distract him and feed pieces of cooked chicken, cheese, or steak. ;-) We work fast and we're typically done in about 20 minutes.
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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:20 pm

yeah, mine not huge fans of brushing either, but they don't cry or whine. I normally just tie them up to the gate and brush away ,but they don't stop moving and every time I go to brush the top of their hind legs (where most of the shedding comes from) they sit so that I can't do it and refuse to stand up Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:30 pm

Thanks alot ya'll,

I started daily brushing around May when we moved back down to Texas from winter in Iowa , figuring the coat blowing was on its way. Before that it was basically once or twice a week. He doesn't mind if we pull tuffs (cotton candy dog haha) when they're hanging off of him, so Im thinking he just doesn't like the brush. Just wanted to make sure there wasn't some skin condition I had missed in my reading.

Btw, ya'lls website has definately been a life saver the last few months Laughing

Gracias
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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:42 pm

My 2 don't mind brushing, and in fact, sometimes when I'm brushing them, they'll show me their belly so I can brush it. However, what I like the best, even better than the Furminator brush, is a double row rake with rotating pins. This really gets their under coat and since it has rotating pins, it causes less friction while raking their undercoat.

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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:50 pm

You might also want to reconsider what kind of brush/tool you're using. Nikolai likes the Oster Undercoat Rake and shedding blade loop much more than either the furminator or slicker brush.
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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:37 pm

The breeder from where I got my husky told me to take him to a groomer when he started blowing his coat. It has made all the difference in the amount of fur in my house. With brushing every couple of days, we have minimal dust balls. It was completely worth it. I'll do it again in the fall when he starts to blow out again.

The groomer must have thought I was completely obsessive. I asked her, "You are not going to cut any fur off him? Right? You are just going to do a brush out? I DON"T WANT HIM SHAVED! And no bubble gum smelling shampoo."

Actually she used oatmeal shampoo. He smelled and looked great when I picked him up.
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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:02 pm

I read about coat blowing before, so when Meka started shedding real bad a few days ago I was ready lol. I just take her out on the porch, tie her to a post, and brush away. She doesn't seem to mind the brush but she won't stay still. I guess it's good exercise for me!
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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:17 pm

This (double row undercoat rake with rotating pins):


Did this on 1 Sibe and 1 Malamute:




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PostSubject: Re: First Coat Blow Question   Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:35 pm

...and we wonder why the park ranger got grumpy at us. *grin* That was a spectacular fur tornado we had going there.
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