Grooming is an essential part of looking after your puppy. Puppies with naturally longer coats require a greater frequency of care, but it is important that all breeds receive the basics.
As well as the health benefits, and keeping your puppy looking neat and tidy, grooming is also a great opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and your puppy. Below are three top tips for keeping your puppy healthy and well-groomed.
1. Create a routine
Puppies need time to get used to being handled. If your puppy isn’t accustomed to being groomed, start with short sessions and give plenty of praise and treats. It may be easier to groom on a sturdy table or workbench. Begin with a soft brush and introduce other types of comb as your puppy becomes more tolerant.
2. Be vigilant
Look for lumps, bumps, cuts and grazes, and signs of parasites, such as flea dirt. If you have any concerns, contact your vet. Check the ears for wax, which could be a sign of ear mites. Gently remove any dirt from the ear flap and the eyes with damp cotton wool. If the eyes are sticky or sore, see your vet.
3. Be regular
Long-haired breeds need a daily going-over with a metal brush or comb. Medium-haired breeds need a weekly brush. Short-haired breeds require a monthly groom with a rubber grooming mitt and a bristle brush. As your puppy gets older, they may need the tips of their claws clipped – your vet can show you how.
Finally, make sure you have the following important equipment to hand:
- Bristle brush
- Metal brush (for long-haired breeds) or rubber grooming mitt (for short-haired breeds)
- Wide-toothed comb
- Fine-toothed comb
- Dog shampoo
- Cotton wool pads
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