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Keeping your puppy groomed and well maintained is an integral part of owning a dog. It isn’t just about making sure your dog looks good but helps to preserve the condition of their coat and ensure their skin is healthy. Regular grooming is also a great way of reducing a dog’s stress levels. Taking the time to regularly groom your puppy also gives you the opportunity to check the rest of their general health and spot for any concerning irregularities. If you are a first-time puppy owner, or simply in need of a refresh, here is a guide to puppy grooming.

How to Begin Your Puppy Grooming

The way in which your puppy will need to be groomed will largely depend on their type of coat. It is essential to identify this before you start. There are a number of different kinds of dog coats, and certain ones should be groomed in a specific way. Some dogs will need to be brushed every day, or else their coat can become matted and cause severe discomfort for them. Other dogs will require less grooming. Here is a list of the types of dog coats and how often they will need to be groomed.

puppy being groomed

Smooth Coat

Breeds with a smooth coat will require the least amount of grooming. We suggest once a fortnight, or more often if you enjoy pampering your dog. Because of their smooth coat, they frequently moult, so it is important to remove their dead coat through brushing. Use a grooming mitt or rubber brush to loosen the dead hair and dirt and follow up with a bristle brush to remove the remainings. You will, however, need to regularly clean their ears, clip their nails and remember to bathe them. Smooth coated dogs include Pointers, Boxers and Dalmations.

Double Coat

Dogs that have a double coat include Labradors, Newfoundlands, German Shepards, Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies. Puppies with a double coat will have a longer top coat and a denser undercoat. In order to keep these dogs matt-free, they need to be regularly brushed. This is to remove their dead undercoat and maintain a good condition.

Silky Coat

If you have either a Yorkie, Cocker Spaniel, Gordon Setter or Afghan Hound puppy, your dog will have a silky coat. This type of coat is similar to the texture of human hair and requires a lot of attention. The most effective way of keeping their coat in good condition is to use a pinhead brush or comb to tease out the tangles. You can then use a bristle brush to enhance the hair’s natural shine. To further improve the appearance of their coat, you can trim the unruly hairs.

Wire Coat

Dogs and puppies with a more wiry coat have a soft undercoat and a harsh topcoat. Examples of dogs with a wire coat include Fox Terriers, Irish Terriers, Border Terriers Schnauzers and Pointer Griffons. Many owners of wire coat dogs choose to have their dog hand stripped. This is the process of removing dead hair from the coat by hand rather than using the traditional clipping method. It is recommended this is completed twice a year, in the Spring and then the Autumn, and helps to speed up the natural growth and shedding process.

dog being bathed

Brushing Tips

Whatever coat your puppy has, all dogs need to be brushed once in a while. There is a multitude of brushes that are available for all different coat textures. When grooming a new puppy, it is advised to use a soft bristle brush. It is a good idea to introduce grooming to your new puppy early enough so that they get used to the feel and can enjoy the experience.

Have the puppy sit on your lap and while you brush them remember to praise them in a quiet and soothing tone verbally. This will reassure them and enable he or she to relax. Repeat this process several times a day to get the puppy used to the experience. After a few weeks, the puppy will be used to the routine, and you can gradually reduce the number of times you groom them down to once a week.

Regularly handling and brushing your new puppy will give you the opportunity to look for signs of parasites or infections. Young puppies are susceptible to demodectic mange mites and puppy pyoderma. The mites can cause the hair to become thin and patchy, especially on their face and limbs.

Bathing Tips

Getting your new puppy used to being bathed is a task you have to tackle. Make sure to run a bath no hotter than the temperature you could handle and not too deep. If your puppy fits in the sink, it is safer to bathe him there. Start off by just washing his paws first to get him used to the water experience. In a few days, you could then attempt at cleaning his back and maybe his neck. Do not bathe their entire body first time as this can be overwhelming and frighten them.

Use a specific shampoo that is designed for their type of coat. Some shampoos require initial dilution so always make sure to read the instructions prior to use. Reward your puppy with treats to reinforce the idea that bathing is a positive experience and should be thoroughly enjoyed.

Once the bath is over, make sure not to let your puppy get too cold. Immediately wrap them in a towel and start to rub them dry. If you wish to use the hairdryer on them, then they need to get used to this experience too. Start by using the hairdryer on them on a low setting and aim it at their legs and feet from a distance. Once your puppy is used to the noise and the feeling, then you can start to use the hairdryer all over their body. Once again, use treats to help improve your puppy’s experience of the hairdryer.

Summary

Overall, it is imperative to regularly groom your new puppy and get them used to the feeling of the brushes, the bath and the hairdryer. Make sure to research into the type of coat your dog has so that you can effectively fulfil their needs. If you are considering purchasing a new puppy, then Desirabullz provides dogs and puppies for sale in Bedford.

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