Pet Care

Grooming

  • Grooming

  • Training

Grooming

  • Start brushing your puppy twice a week - to the skin. A ten inch metal comb works nicely. You can work in sections and brush from back to front on back, sides and tail, on legs brush up. You don’t have to do this all at once.

  • This gets them ready for a longer brushing as they get older. At around six to seven months (every puppy is different) the adult coat starts coming in and the baby coat does not shed. This is when brushing is vital to keep the coat from matting. The worse that can happen is it will get very matted, like a sheet, and the coat will need to be shaved off. The coat will grow back in nicely, but it will take a couple of months. 

  • Bathing does not need to be done often - A full groom is recommended every five to six weeks.  Females should have their personal areas cleansed every couple of weeks to avoid bacterial build up and urinary tract infections. Males should have the hair around their genital's clipped as needed. 

  • For swimming if you want the puppy to keep the longer coat, put a cream conditioner on it before it goes into the water - pool, lake, river, ocean. When it comes out of the water, rinse it, and it will brush out well.

Face Trimming - Wavy and Curly

  • Ears - Keep coat short, hair on ears should be trimmed to ear leather or no longer than two inches below the ear leather and complimentary to the beard and mustache.  Inside the ear - to pluck or not, if plucking use a good ear wash for several days after to soothe and heal or moisten a cotton ball and wipe inside ear canal just after grooming.  Many choose not to pluck but trim hair short inside ear. If you only trim, cleanse ear canal weekly to rid it of gathering bacteria. Wash and clean - Need good ear wash for when puppy has been bathed or in water swimming.

  • Eyes - Keep coat trimmed out of the eyes. Cut coat between eyes at top of nose. Wash eyes with soft cloth and water or eye wash. 

  • https://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/Pet-Health-Topics/categories/cat-and-dog-anatomy/ special-senses-of-the-dog

     

  • Legs - look like tree trunks with coat going over the toes.

 

  •    Nails - Cautiously cut them. Having a flash light under the nail shows the vein - avoid the vein.

  • Recommended Fleas and Tick Prevention:

Advantage - monthly - topical
Frontline Plus - monthly - topical
Revolution - monthly - topical

If you want to go a la natural for flea and tick control, you will need to bathe often and manual pick fleas and ticks off. There are flea combs to help with this.

Newer medications can be effectively used but each dog will have their own response to the stronger, multi-purpose meds.  Therefore, we cannot recommend any one product.  Consult with your veterinarian.

Underside of puppy - Shave their tummy and areas that get the fine coat that gets little knots.

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