Last week I told the woeful tale of Honey the Hippie, the ungroomed Golden Retriever. Despite Honey’s reluctance to be featured not looking her best, I knew I needed the accountability to make grooming a priority.
Honey had many fans who commented that they didn’t mind the ungroomed appearance one bit and thought she was still very cute (which Honey was very gratified to know).
What I failed to share in my previous post was that this isn’t just about looks. A Golden coat can actually get mats that will become uncomfortable and could lead to licking or scratching that will cause hot spots in the summer. And the muppet toes? The extra fur between her toes makes it slippery for her to scramble up and down our wooden steps.
So it’s not just about vanity. Honest.
Alright. Are you ready for the big reveal?
I can’t say that any of the local groomers have to worry about me taking their business away. Close up, you’ll see an occasional stray hair I missed on her tail. And I really understand now why groomers recommend using a thinning scissors to make a natural looking cut. But I’m pleased.
But what pleases me most was how well Honey did with the grooming.
Honey’s breeders did a great job socializing her and her litter mates from the very beginning. We kept up with constantly handling her feet and tail and trying to make every grooming experience calm and not too scary.
Last night, Honey was so good I was able to clip her nails using only the brushing as a reward. No treats!
I had heard that you can teach a dog to accept nail clipping calmly but I’ve never seen it live before last night. Yay Honey!
Tried to get a nice tail shot but this was the best I could do.
So I’m pleased. And convinced that with a little practice, I’ll keep her in fine shape.