There are many wonderful things to be said about having a long-haired dog like Cody. He looks beautiful when his coat is nice and clean. For the most part, he manages to stay relatively clean and only needs a bath every three months or so. That is, all except his bum, which he can't wipe for himself. So when it gets dirty, guess whose job it is to clean up the mess? One way to keep the hair around his bum from getting dirty every time Cody poops is to keep the hair around his anus trimmed back.
Cody really doesn't care whether his bum has poop on it or not, unless the buildup is making him itch. In which case, you'll probably see him doing the "Butt Scootin' Boogie" on your carpets. However, if you don't keep the area clean, not only will it look unseemly, it can also lead to medical issues.
No one really enjoys wiping their pets bum after he goes poop, but this is the first step in keeping the area nice and clean. The rest is all about catching the problem before it gets too big. Take your time, be gentle, and it will all be over in less than fifteen minutes. When you are all done, be sure to give your pup a treat and let him know he is a good boy.
We rescued Teddy 2-3wks ago. We took him to get groomed but he wouldn’t let the groomer clean his teeth or cut his face. He has a piece of poop attached to his bum but he wont let us clean it without him getting mildly aggressive. Is there anyway to get it off without harming him by restraining him.
Congratulations on your new dog and I am sure cute Teddy knows he is a lucky pup! Will Teddy let you trim the area carefully? Try having someone hold him and give him treats (or you could stand him on a table, with someone holding him and slowly giving him a treat). Then the person on the other end does a quick snip of the fur. The other option is to try and soften it with a dog-safe wipe over the day, and then pop him in the tub. Or, you can try a waterless shampoo that might work to soften and remove the poop (available at pet stores). As for his visits to the groomer, try to find a groomer who will start with mini visits and even visits to say hello (where just a treat is involved). This will allow Teddy to get used the groomer slowly. You can also seek out a groomer used to working with nervous and mildly aggressive dogs - they usually have tricks for keeping the dog calm and making the visit go quickly. Ask the vet for a recommendation. Good luck and enjoy your new dog!
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