When I'm grooming even short haired dogs, I would brush them out, bath them, then blow dry(Backwards) with a high powered dryer and at the same time brush backwards. Your home dryer will have to do. Use some duct tape over the coat to get any excess hair.
My shortcoat sheds like crazy as well. I have heard that sometimes it can be because of the food. Someone mentioned Canidae (sp?) one time. I guess that is suppose to be a good food. And I don't know if this has to do with her shedding, but since she is indoor, you probably don't need to bath her once a week. Bathing them too much can dry out their coat because it washes away all their natural oils. I only bath Ella once a month. But I'm not really sure on all that. She just doesn't seem to get all that dirty to have to have them more than that.
Yes i agree I think your bathing your chi too much. If she doesnt go outside even once a month would be a lot. Try DreamCoat, you'll find it in an all natural store. How short is her coat? I shaved my dog down some. He had a med coat, unlike my other two short coats. He hasnt shed or scratched since.Now my Bella is a long coat and I use DreamCoat and it cut her shedding down by half.
you can just wash your dogs face feet and backside if you must but i would not bathe so much.
Definiately bathe less, there is also an additive on the market called "shed stop" it is added to the food. I have never used it myself, but keep in mind not to use year round to allow their natural shed cycles to kick in also.
lol.. not going to give her up, just want to help her loose her coat... She is my baby.
I am not bathing her too much.. I wash her more like every 10-14 days and I have already been advised by my vet that she can be washed daily if I used the proper products such as ph balanced for dogs shampoo and conditioner. I loose important oils when I shower daily but I still do it anyway. twice a month in the summer is not unheard of.
She does get dirty often from litter box exposure, outdoor walks and licking.
I tried candidae dog food as suggested by my trainer but she didn't like the taste. She loves INNOV dog food.
I have only short hair chi's - at some point I do want to get some long hairs. Well I bath them 1 time a month. They are only indoor dogs they are litter trained also. I also condition the hair. So I shampoo and cond. Then I blow dry and comb. I feed them eagle pack holistic chicken and rice. I do have one chi that I got from a friend and she has very stiff hard hair. When my husband gave her a bath I had him use dry coat shampoo on her then after a conditioner. The tub was FULL of hair! It was crazy! I purchased some nurti coat stuff and hopefully it will help get a nicer coat. I think some chi's maybe like that. She is the only one I have that is like that. She is not sick or anything. I guess I am trying the nutri coat and leaving cond on her for a little while to help with the hair. The hair has gotten shiny, but not to soft. I never really had her loosing a lot of hair - only when bathing. I can let you know how the nutri stuff works. I am just staring to use it.
I have started to add oil to their feed (just 1 feeding so far) and I am using a masking roller to remove the hair and they seem to enjoy the roller.
Each dog is filling about 2-3 masking sheets per session.
Thanks for the advise. I do want to add that in the winter I only bathe monthly. In the summer we walk outside a lot and the grass seems to be half their size so I want to make sure I wash off harmful chemicals as well as their litterbox odors. I clean their litter pan 2 times per day and I have 2 chis.
I just wanted to be able to pick them out without filling the whole front of my shirt with fur, although I don't mind because I love them but I felt I was missing an important grooming chore or supplement that will help them along with their process.