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A Golden haircut how-to?

Does anyone know where I can find some information on how to cut Marleys hair. It's really hot here and he is shedding like crazy the white coloured hair on his bum looks a bit straggly so thought about giving him a trim all over. I have never cut a dogs hair before and wondered how easy it would be, or should I just send him to the groomers?
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Oh no... unlike poodles you generally don't give goldens haircuts. Although we do trim their feet. And of course, there is grooming and trimming done on show dogs. But that is to enhance the coat... not to keep the dog cooler.

We live in Florida. It gets very hot and humid here. We believe that the coat helps protect the dogs from the sun. Frequent brushings should help with the shedding and thin the coat naturally. Luckily we have a swimming pool and the dogs take frequent dips into the pool to keep cool.

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I was just asking this last week. There is no tutorial on trimming the feathers but Joanne Lastoka has one here somewhere. http://morningsagegoldens.freeservers.com/Grooming.html


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please,don't cut the hair.You can trim his bum a little,around ears and feet-but this all.

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Here is a website that will show you grooming techniques for your Golden. www.pvgrc.org and click on gooming on the left side of the web page.
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That is Joanne's grooming tutorial also. : )


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Dogs do not release heat through their skin, but through their feet and by panting. Clipping or shaving them does nothing to keep them cooler, and in fact risks them getting sunburn and heatstroke, as the double coat insulates and protects them against the elements. Additionally, shaving them exposes the undercoat, which is going to shed.

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here's what a groomer called "summer cut"!!!! this happened to a friend's Chow, too.

met a goldie that had a really nice "scissor cut" in the summer, he lives where it's hot/on a lake.
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***! that borders on abuse and just general stupidity!!!! Some people should be allowed near humans and pets with scissors and clippers.
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Does anyone know where I can find some information on how to cut Marleys hair. It's really hot here...
May I ask where you live? We live currently in Brazil and it is summer here, but we would never cut our dog's hair. Goldens do not perspire through their bodies. Trimming yes, it helps them keep their paws and ears clean and healthy. Please, please leave your dog's coat intact!
One tip though... you can finely spray some water over his body and face, it will not make him wet but cool him down.
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