Is there any benefit to grooming a black lab. He is slmost 7 months old and shedding terribly. I was going to take hime to get a bath and groomed at the "beauty shop"...Is it a waste of money? He also has dry skin....I thought a bath at the groomers would help?
I wouldn't suggest shaving a lab as many dogs use their hair to regulate their body temperature. If you brush your dog regularly, then this will help with the shedding. Ask a groomer which brush would be best with a lab's coat. Also, food sometimes can play a role so maybe look into a good quality dog food (there are other threads on this forum that discuss good dog food. They also have aa product called the Furminator which is a comb that will take out the excess hair. Furminator also carries shampoo that purports to reduce shedding. I'm not sure these products would work but just to make you aware of them.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
A perfessional grooming is a great Idea for any dog. Spring is esp. bad for any shedding breed. Most groomers have a high powered blow dryer, and if the dog can handle the noise, it blows almost all the coat out. We also have some great sheding tools, nothing like the stupid infermanator or whatever. We usually see labs twice a year in our shop unless they get into something icky.
I bought a "zoom groom" a few weeks ago and I love it. It works great on my Rottie and my cat. If you mist the coat with a little bit of water, the loose hair sticks together and is easier to clean up.
The furminator is a great tool, espec for breeds that are not in need generally of a profesional groomer. A good food, regular baths and daily brushing should reduce shedding and eliminate the need for paying a groomer.
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Thanks everyone. I had a shepard lab Buddy, he was at the groomers a lot due to the shepard mix...I just didn't want to look silly getting an appointment for my lab. I am NOT going to shave him...I agree, he has his coat for a reason. I just wanted a head start on getting the majority of his loose fur off..I love that his is 50 pounds and thinks he is a lap dog...however, I don't enjoy looking like a dog when he gets off...Thanks for the advice. I will make his appointment today.
We get labs in all the time at the groom shop. They love coming in for their bath and you wouldnt believe all the hair that comes off them. Definatly suggest either a zoom groom or a rake. I like the paws brothers rake the best.
If you want to wash him at home get a good shampoo and conditioner and be sure to rinse well. Buddy Wash is my favorite line of shampoos.
Well, we just got home from the groomers. I just took him to Petsmart. He looks wonderful...He is so shiny and his coat is unbelievable...it thinned out wonderfully. They didn't trim his nails very well, but he goes tomorrow the be neutered, so the vet can trim them tomorrow...I plan on taking him maybe 4 times a year...I see the difference. I will see how his coat comes in now. I feel silly I didn't realize I am supposed to brush a lab...I will keep up with it now...the only bad thing, he was afraid of the hair dryer...He had to have it circulate in his crate? He wouldn't let them use the industrial one...Thanks for the advice..
The furminator would work great on a lab, it is expensive, but it pulls alot of extra hair up out of their fur :) I used one on my aunts lab/golden retriever mix and it worked great, I pulled up a humungouse glob of hair, and it made his fur look smoother and cleaner. IT helps them to shed less.
The hair is going to come out one way or another. It is much nicer to have it come out mostly in one place at one time every couple of weeks at the groomer's than to be eternally picking it off yourself (a vain and hopeless task if ever there was one) and vaccuuming up what we used to call "the daily puppy". Ours used to shed enough to sweep up a dog-sized tumbleweed of hair in the house every day if we didn't keep them brushed.