Have just been out with the mutt in the snow. It's really his first time in proper snow and it would appear that whilst he loves it the snow really likes to stick to his fur.
Was thinking this must be a common enough thing. So wondering does anyone out there have a solution to other than just leave him accumulate the snow. For the record he's a Schnauser Poodle cross so Poodle type fur and he looks like a little black Labradoodle.
In reply to Frank4short: Our schnauzers really get it caught up in their leg hair and under their bellies - really clogs up like tough little snowballs. No way of avoiding it that I know of, but rather than trying to pick them out afterwards (they compress further) just lob them in the shower for a moment.
In reply to Frank4short: They make suits to put onto dogs to stop snow accumulating on their fur. My girlfried has a minature poodle and she puts one of these on him wien it snows, it is balck and a lycra type of material..... looks kind of like a gimp suit.
In reply to Frank4short:
I've got a spaniel who actively rummages about in the undergrowth, and we have alread lost one coat.
The most effective thing to do is get a tub of really cheap nasty marg, and very lightly (ie, rub grease into your hands then rub them over the pooch) grease the dogs' paws (especially between the pads) and their under carriage- tummy, feathers, armpits JUST before you go out; any earlier and the dog will simply sit and proceed to lick it all off!
when you get in from your walk, the dog will happily sit and clean itself up, if there's any grease left.
the problem with allowing the snow to accumulte is that it tends to mat up, twist, and then get ripped out by the weight of the snow and the dangly movement of the balls- painful. when the snow really compacts, it's hard to get it off, and a couple of years ago I had to literally cut the stuff off, losing some of the dog's feathers as I went. After that I deliberately trimmed back some of her fur and then took to greasing her up.
PS same trick works with preventing snow from balling up under the hooves of horses- whack a load of grease into the hoof.
In reply to Frank4short: Excessive fur in between the pads doesnt help, but not many dogs get this, I have been told of shooty folk to put vasaline or baby oil on his pads .............
Anyhow, i stick to doing nothing, Ill be suprised if anyting can stick to his pads, hes never still and always face first in a bush somewhere so im sure it will keep clear :D
Why out of interest do you not want snow on the dog? I know that sounds daft, but he wont get as cold as we do if we where covered in snow, Mylo has had his full underside frozen and stuck with snow balls and still panting like mad!
In reply to happy_c:
The snow balls up, and the balls get bigger and bigger and harder- until they get to be impossible to remove! Cookie got so balled up a couple of winters ago that her gait actually changed- she had to swing her legs out. Then the balls got so heavy that they ripped the fur out of the skin. Nasty. None of this stopped her from gamoolling about in the snow per se, but it was horrible to see the damage the snow did.
In reply to Frank4short: I have a shnauzer that lines to roll in the snow, we tend to keep the fur between his pads cut short which helps keep the snow off his feet then leave him to sort out the rest, I did try to get it off him but that just seemed to make it worse !
In reply to Frank4short: on friday me and andi t walked to the skyline with our dogs,it was utterly freezing and the snow was going sideways along with the drifting snow.
it was the first time i remember icicles forming on the dogs whiskers and face.