So you have a lovely fluffy dog and you are wondering if the little one gets too hot in summer or how do I deal with fleas ?
The first thing you need to ask yourself is whither your dog is a single coated breed or a double coated breed
Now I know you are saying what difference does that make
Well I can tell you it makes a big difference
Single coated dogs can have their coats clipped and cut short to help keep them cool in summer .
Here are some Breeds with the Double coats just incase you arent sure .
Spitz-type dog breeds :
The rare Chinook
The gentle and clever Icelandic Sheep Dog
The tiny Pomeranian from the toy group
Australian Cattle Dog
Both the Rough and Smooth Collie
Both rough and smooth coat Border Collies
Bouvier des Flanders
Both the Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgi
German Shepherd Dog
Old English sheepdog
Polish Lowland Sheep Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Black Russian Terrier
The rare Entlebucher Mountain Dog
American Water Spaniel
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Labrador Retriever (not so puffy, but still double coated)
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
The Hound group.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Parson Russell Terriers
Wirehaired Fox Terrier
West Highland White Terrier.
The Toy Group offers a nice variety of fluffy and silky double coated lap dogs:
Though the Shih tzu is a double coated toy breed they can be trimmed in summer along with their common partner the Bichion Frise and you often see them sporting a lovely little hairdo in summer.
Here at Kauri Nest our lovely little Jarl is a Tibetan Spaniel and one of our staff owns two lovely little Pomeranians names Dallas and Willow
Double coated dogs PLEASE DO NOT CLIP THEIR COATS … This is because the double coated layers not only work to keep your darling little one warm in winter but they also assist them in helping them control their temperature in summer ,
The best thing you can do for your little one is to make sure you keep their coat well brushed , I use a double toothed comb , every second tooth is longer then the first one , This brushes the undercoat as well as the top coat.
Keep your little one free from fleas make sure you do a good bath and use a good Neem based shampoo , The one I use is TheraNeem pet shampoo or Neem Protect Shampoo and it will kill all the fleas on the dog currently , I make sure I dry them really well afterwards. If you don’t have the shampoo a really good neem soap also works wonders my dogs love the massaging action when I use the soap.
Once your little one is nice and dry I leave mine in the bathroom for a little while with a nice towel and some nice food In the food I have added some Diatomaceous earth , This works wonders on both internal and external parasites and also helps improve their coat.
While my little ones are enjoying their treats in the bathroom I go and collect all their bedding and put it through the wash , I get out my diatomaceous earth and give my carpeted areas a good hard vacuum and then a light dusting of the earth( Make sure its only a light dusting ) and for my hard wood areas I give them a good vacuum and then a good steam mop , Once the house is all sorted and I am sure that I have removed all my little ones bedding and that they are in the washing machine having a nice hot wash ( hot washes get rid of fleas ) , I let my little darlings out of the bathroom . At this point I know they are nice and dry I then put a topical flea treatment on their coat if they are due for it. You can do this for both your double coated and single coated dogs as it helps keep those nasty little biting pests away
Now if I notice my little ones in summer are being effected more by fleas or other biting insects I give them a nice spritzing of the Neem Protect Spray , I do this when I do the brushing of my dogs and after they have gotten wet.
In summer I do worry about my dogs getting hot so I get some nice Ice packs and I have a lovely pillow case that I have that I slip this into one of their dog beds , Mine know when I have done that and they know that when they are hot and they love laying on it.
Hope this helps your little ones with the Double Coat , Please don’t Clip them unless you absolutely need to for medical reasons. They may look cute to you but its not good for them or their coat. Keep in mind that all animals do shed their coats twice a year , Once in spring / summer to get rid of their winter coat and another light shedding in mid autumn to winter to get rid of their summer thinner coat and prepare for their winter coat that is coming through but a good routine in brushing will help with this and will help with bonding with your animal too.
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