Puppy Grooming

Grooming Your Puppy

Grooming, though not everyone’s favorite pastime, is a very important part of puppy ownership.

Bathing

The frequency of baths will vary according to the coat texture and length. Lukewarm water should be used, along with a shampoo that’s clearly labeled as safe for puppies. Use care to keep water and shampoo out of your puppy’s eyes and ears. After each bath, towel-dry thoroughly and keep the puppy in a warm room until the coat has dried.

Nail trimming

Puppies need proper nail care early in life to ensure a lifetime of stress-free nail trimming. Follow these tips for success:

Use a specially designed dog nail-clipper.
Hold your puppy’s paw and gently push down with your thumb at the base of each nail.
Beginning at the tip of the nail, cut back just a little at a time until you get close to the quick, the pink part.
 Be very careful. If you cut too far, you’ll cut the quick, resulting in pain and bleeding. Keep styptic powder handy to help stop any bleeding.
Brushing and combing

No matter what type of coat a puppy has, his hair will naturally die and shed and new hair will grow in its place. Regular brushing and bathing will help remove dead hair. The frequency and the type of equipment used will vary depending on the nature of the coat.

Short-haired: Although a short coat might not require intensive grooming, brushing once or twice a week helps to maintain a healthy, shiny coat.
Medium-haired: Because of the coat density (both undercoat and topcoat), this puppy should be brushed every other day.
Long-haired: The long-haired puppy requires daily brushing. Proceed delicately to avoid injuring his sensitive skin.

Shedding season

Some dogs shed their coat twice a year (spring and fall), corresponding to seasonal changes in daylight. Other dogs residing primarily indoors are not as affected by changes in light, so they shed hair throughout the year, with periods of increased shedding in spring and fall.