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 Post subject: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:35 pm 
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This is my first season hunting a long haired dog. I recently aquired a Llewllin Setter. Previous dogs were all Labs.

What is the best way to remove burrs (in particular ears and tail)?



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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:43 am 
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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:41 am 
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I thought about that for the summer. I would like to leave some insulation on her for the hunting season. This dog is a lot "softer" than my labs.

Someone (on another forum) just suggested baby oil then comb right out. I will give it a shot.

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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:54 am 
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I live in ND, so we've got winter here. I always clip my English Setter just prior to the start of the hunting season in September. By the time her hair grows out enough to snag burrs, most of the burs are gone, or softened up by fall rains, etc. so as not to present much problem. At the same time, by the time it gets cold, she's got enough hair to protect her.

Beyond that...dog show folks use "Show Sheen" or similar products that add a glossy coat to a dog's hair. This same product will (sometimes) make it easier to pull the burs out. Also, get a good pick/comb to help untangle matted hair/burrs. I generally find a whole selection to be necessary if my dog gets into burs before I've trimmed her.

Good luck...the long-haired dogs are good looking, but they do require more maintenance.

(BTW, my ES is pretty thin-skinned and takes a beating in brushy habitat, so I usually put a chest protector on her.)

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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:55 am 
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You can spray down with a horse product called....shosheen, its a sorta oily spray they use on horses to shine them, the burrs might get in fur lil, but wont stick, comes out very easily. And the trimming also works, very well. Cya Jonesy


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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:58 am 
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Thanx for the advice all.

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 Post subject: Re: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:57 pm 
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tailcrackin wrote:
You can spray down with a horse product called....shosheen, its a sorta oily spray they use on horses to shine them, the burrs might get in fur lil, but wont stick, comes out very easily. And the trimming also works, very well. Cya Jonesy


I would second the sho sheen. It is a very slick spray on dressing for getting horses to shine in the show ring. I used it a long time ago on an irish setter that I had. THe burs should just comb right out.

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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:17 pm 
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I am assuming that this product is applied before the dog goes into the field?

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gumbidammit wrote:
I am assuming that this product is applied before the dog goes into the field?


Yeup.

Just spray on and brush in

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A good metal comb works well to actually remove the burrs. This is why I prefer the Wirehairs over the longhaired breeds. I had a Boykin and as much as I liked that dog I hated the grooming. I also would shave him in summer and early fall letting him grow out all season.

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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:16 pm 
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Along with a good stiff pick or comb, thoroughly wet the burr down with plain water. Work the water in with your fingers until the burr softens. This will loosen the hooks on the burr and allow it to be combed out easier.


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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:43 pm 
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baby oil. you can mix it in a bottle with water and spray it on if you want, then comb the burr out with a metal comb. i have never had a long haired hunting dog, but had a long haired mut housedog that used to follow the hunting dogs arround sometimes when we lived in the country. the burrs really stunk. this was a while ago so i don't know if the other products were available then, but this is what i found got them out the best.


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 Post subject: re: removing burrs from long haired dogs
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:08 pm 
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Metal comb, a bit of water,and lots of.....Time.




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