OK, I know this sounds silly but I really am serious. When my yorkie-poo puppy poops she sometimes gets these little cling-ons stuck in the hairs around her butt. I'll wipe her bottom with those doggie bath wipes but I can't always get it out so I end up putting her in the sink with some warm water and loosening it up with a washcloth to get it off. She really doesn't enjoy that at all.
Does anyone else out there have this problem too? I've only had her two weeks and I plan to get her groomed in about two more weeks. Is it just that her hair needs trimmed around there or am I going to have to clean her butt every time she poops? It's getting annoying to say the least.
Thanks lpn. I think it must be that her hair is too long that it can't drop off completely cause she really doesn't get that close to the ground. I would trim it myself, but I'm afriad she'll squirm around too much and I'll end up hurting her. Maybe I'll move her grooming up a week.
do most of you guys do your own trimming? I guess I will see once I get her groomed how fast it grows in that area. They said I should get her groomed every 4-6 weeks, so I'm thinking maybe I'll get her groomed every 6 weeks and get my husband to hold her still while I trim her problem hairs in between groomings...
One more thing, she doesn't like to be brushed, she just wants to chew on the brush while I'm trying to brush her. Will she outgrow that?
I do some of my own trimming, but I've found that most groomers do a much better job than I do. PetSmart has a puppy package, for $15 they wash, brush, dry and trim the face, paws, nails, and sanitary areas. PetCo does the same for $20, but when I took Merphy there as a baby, they sent him home with conditioner residue on his skin, which formed a crust making it painful for him to walk (but Petsmart fixed it).
Are you correcting her when she is chewing on the brush? My puppy was like that, but I would tell her "no bite" and squirt her with a water bottle if she doesn't listen to the command. She got the point quickly lol
Now she falls asleep on the couch, lying on her back while I'm brushing out her stomach and her legs....
To be honest, I use my husband's mustache trimmer in that area way more frequently than the 6 weeks in between groomings!
Shhh he hasn't figured it out yet! (I do run an alcohol swipe over the blade when I'm done) -------------------------------------- OMG yorkiemalt, lmao....as I wipe the coffee off my keyboard I just spit out reading that! We'll never tell.
Not so with my poodle. I've been trimming him with scissors since a few months old. It's more time consuming but I know my dog, he would have a heart attack if I tried to push him into the clippers.
Since then, I've only taken my miniature schnauzer to the groomer 1 time. I bought clippers for 15 dollars on ebay. Hair trimming scissors at the dollar store and a few cheap grooming tools here and there. Didn't even have to buy a book...all the info you need can be found on the internet somewhere. I go by the info I gather, memory, and what I think makes my dog look best.
I would say they got use to it pretty quickly since I've been doing it since they were so little. Just be patient by talking in low tones and giving treats will reward them and give them the patience to stand still.
I've learned that if you freak out on those off days, it only makes it harder for them to listen when you start getting excited. You can cuss them out when they are misbehaving all you want to if you do it in a happy voice lmao
It's a learning process, but it's worth it. Good luck!
I shave my dogs rearends with small clippers, or I use shears on them otherwise they would get dingleberries all the time. I start at the base of the tail and go down. Since you have a dog that has lots of hair, to make it look decent, trim the area with clippers then use thinners to blend it with the other hair so it doesn't look like a landing strip. :)
Also, instead of using those expensive doggie wipes, purchase cheapo baby wipes at the grocery store..