Did I mess up her coat for good?
So, I have always owned short hared dogs and have always wanted a GR. So I found an AKC breeder who was wonderful. The place was clean, I met both parents, the dad is BEAUTIFUL. The moms temperament was so sweet and calm. He had 4 puppies I could choose from which was important to me as well. I didn't want to get a pup just from a picture I wanted to be able to match one with our personalities. So, I brought home Ava. At 12 weeks I started her with a groomer that was well known in our small town for being amazing. They had a large following and Ava seemed to love it there. I followed her advice and did a TON of de shed baths where they raked out tons of hair... I also got a collar she recommended to me. The collar slipped over her head and didnt have a buckle to it so it was not easy to take off so I left it on. Well, 2 months ago some very sad things came out about this groomer. The owner of the business ( a retired groomer) checked her cameras on the employee groomer and she was caught severely abusing a Yorkie puppy to the point that the pup actually died and was thankfully brought back. The girl is now being charged with Felony animal abuse. When that came out I started questioning things she was telling me. I also about that time went to a trainer who asked if my dog was purebred. I know she is but she questioned it because of her fur, how short it was. Then she noticed the collar and said it was NOT the collar to use. I took it off and immediately noticed a raw place just under it. Please dont think poorly of me as I didnt realize that it was rubbing. I take my pup to work with me every day and in my defense no one at work noticed either until the collar was removed. I also felt like the groomer would of noticed as well and would of told me... or so I thought. So there were also some questions as to if it was groomer created in light of the recent events that came out about her. I also was using a furminator brush on her as well. I now have done my research and have done training to reverse the advice from the girl grooming my precious Ava. I have also started giving her cooked duck eggs ( we dont have chicken eggs at my home only duck) Her neck is MUCH improved and I brush her every day with now a slicker brush. I have stopped doing the de shed appointments as well, and changed collars. I am doing weekly training sessions and daily well checks on her now. I know I have made some horrible grooming mistakes with her and trust me I feel in the pits about it. I have had so many people mistake her for a lab, a mix breed and not even a golden at all. She will be a year on 10/23/19. My question is, is there any chance that her fur will recover from what I did? Will she ever resemble a GR with the beautiful neck and body fur?
Last edited by LynnC; 10-08-2019 at 02:43 PM.
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