31 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Keep Your Small Dog Cool with a Haircut

A good grooming can help your fur baby beat the heat this summer. Follow Me on Pinterest

A good grooming can help your fur baby beat the heat this summer.

“I feel much cooler mom and dad. Woof!”

If your fur baby has long or dense fur then they might be experiencing more discomfort from the heat than dogs with a short coat. Here are some great tips on how to keep your small dog cool with a haircut. You will both be celebrating!

 

 

 

Keep Your Small Dog Cool with a Haircut

Around his first birthday, my dog endured his first Los Angeles summer. It was hot. Surface-of-the-sun hot. Riggins is a German Shorthair PointerSamoyed mix, which means he has luscious, thick locks. His Samoyed undercoat, inherited from his dad, is never ending. His mom’s Pointer contribution is an almost entirely black coat with fur that lies down flat. Many people mistake him for a Lab mix.

 

To help Riggins get through the horrific heat, and for me to get through a shedding season with light carpet, I took him to the groomers for a shave. The groomer was “horrified” by my request. “You don’t shave this kind of dog,” he smugly informed me.” I let him know that Riggins wasn’t a show dog or anything. He doesn’t have to look good. I just wanted him to be happy. With that, I handed over my pup and told the know-it-all groomer to do his best.

 

When I picked up Riggins, he was annoyed but clean. The only part of him that was shaved, though, was the little white tip of his tail. What kind of monster would do that? Needless to say, we never saw that groomer again. In fact, that groomer ruled my thinking for the next nine years of Riggins’ life. Riggins and I would look longingly at pups in the park with their cute summer cuts, jumping and frolicking around with no cares in the world, a literal weight lifted from their shoulders. Read more about Dog Grooming in 5 Reasons Why I Love the Summer Haircut for Dogs here.

Have a better summer with these tips on how to keep your small dog cool with a haircut. By keeping their coat short you are helping them beat the heat, and also reduce the risk of getting fleas and ticks.

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