It’s “Let’s Blow Our Coat Month” here at the My Brown Newfies household.
Actually it started at the end of last month but we’ll dedicate April as the month to blow coat because it’s the “real” first full month of Spring.
Since not everyone may have a dog that blows coat we’ll start with some of the basics of blowing coat.
All dogs shed but those with a thick undercoat such as the Newfoundland can shed heavily about 1-3 times a year based on the climate that they live in, what type of coat they have and the dog in general. When a dog blows coat they are shedding their undercoat and it usually happens over a few weeks to up to a months time. Some may blow longer than that though.
My dogs blow coat usually in the Spring and the Fall. The Spring blow, or fur explosion as I like to call it, is usually a bit heavier than the Fall blow because they are blowing all of their thick Winter undercoat.
I can normally tell the dogs are going to have a fur explosion when I start to see tufts of hair that are just waiting to be plucked sticking out of their fur and when I give them a hug my clothes are covered in a thin layer of Newfie hair.
What can I say? Jeans covered in Newfie hair is a fashion statement just waiting to happen.
Neither one of the boys truly blew their coat until they were 2 years old and Leroy has always blown coat in a much bigger volume than Sherman.
So what do I do when they blow coat?
I make sure my vacuum is in proper working order, I make sure I have a ton of dry swifters and I brush, brush, brush!
Right now they go up on the grooming table 1-2 times a week and before brushing I will blow as much loose hair out as I can with the dog dyer and then I’ll spritz their coats with grooming spray and brush, brush and brush some more.
In between trips up on the grooming table I will brush them on the floor daily for about 1/2 hour each or until they have decided they have had enough of me.
My favorite brush to use is a pin brush from Chris Christensen (20mm oblong), and when I really get in to it I will bring out the combs and the rake.
So do you have a dog with a fur explosion going on right now? How do you handle it? What’s your favorite grooming tool to use? Any tips you would like to share?