Henry is a 10 year old well loved Golden Retriever.
His dad chooses to get him clipped in the summer months rather than an undercoat strip. He does this to help keep Henry cooler during these months.
Living in the tropics we tend to have a lot of growth in the various grasses where we walk our dogs and one of the big problems that I have been seeing are spear grass seeds.
These tiny little things burrow into the skin and can abscess. But we also have problems with parasites such as ticks and fleas. Having a busy family it makes it easier to care for his coat not to mention lessening the amount of dog hair around the house.
Henry is one of those fortunate dogs that clipping him doesn’t affect the regrowth of his glossy outer coat. (With some double coated breeds it does; they can have patchy, dull or even inhibited regrowth). As with all my full grooms he gets a brush and comb through. I try to remove as much loose, dead hair as possible without aggravating his skin too much.
Then his delicates/sanitary areas are done. Nails trimmed and ears cleaned. Because Henry takes a long time to dry I clip him and blend his coat to get a nice transition to the head, tail and legs giving him a nice smooth look before washing him. After his wash and blowdry I then quickly go over him with the clippers again to tidy the now clean coat (this gives a much nicer finish).
Then his feet, tail and leg feathers are trimmed. When or if you choose to clip a dog with a coat like this make sure you still keep a regular brushing routine for them.
They will still shed hair and their coat and skin will respond well to the stimulation of brushing and your dog will love the attention. Henry is now ready to go home smelling great, looking handsome and feeling alot cooler.