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Grooming Puppies

Grooming Puppies

Grooming a puppy can be quite the experience but also quite the chore. If you are not well prepared your puppy may not be relaxed and you may end up in a wet and stressful situation. Our vets in White Hall share some tips for bathing and grooming a puppy and how to make it a normal part of your routine.

Grooming Your Puppy At-Home

You've made it through your puppy's first few weeks in your home, now it's time to start thinking about their other needs such as dog grooming. You are going to want to start introducing your puppy to grooming time at around 10-12 weeks old. To get your puppy for this, you are going to want to gently get them used to touch. Lift your puppy's paws, massaging its pads and the tips of its toes.

Using rewards during grooming sessions can also help keep your puppy's interest in the event. Your puppy should start to associate this attention with delicious rewards, he’s more likely to enjoy the procedure when it’s time for the actual grooming ritual.

When it comes time to groom your puppy, it is always best to do it right after playtime. If your puppy is tired it will settle down quickly and will be a lot easier to handle. This playtime can also be an extra treat for them as they get used to the grooming routine.

Supplies to Have on Hand When Grooming Your Dog

While the tools you need may vary depending on your puppy's specific needs, there are a few basic tools and supplies that you should keep close by during the process. Puppies have so many different kinds of coats so, it will depend on their coat, and what type of brush you will need.

For example, if your puppy has a thin coat, they generally require a fine-toothed comb. If your puppy has a thick coat, you should invest in a wide-toothed version.

If you’re not sure which category your puppy falls into, choose a slicker brush. It’s a good multi-purpose brush that works well on most types of dog hair.

A brush is the only thing you will need when grooming your puppy at home, you should have a starter supply of:

  • Dog shampoo
  • Dog toothpaste
  • Dog toothbrush
  • Toenail clippers
  • Towels for drying
  • Electric clippers
  • Cotton balls (for cleaning out its ears)

What should you do when grooming your dog?

Here are some of the things that you should cover when grooming your puppy:

Dental Care: Your puppy probably is not going to like you sticking your hands into their mouths so this might not be easy at first. Your puppy will try to nibble on the toothbrush and possibly your hands as you do this. But brushing is very important to your dog's oral health and daily brushing can prevent cavities and gingivitis.

Bathing: You want to make sure to bathe your dog when needed, like when they smell terrible but not to over-bathe them because that removes oils that are needed in your puppy's coat. When bathing your puppy treat them like an infant and make sure to test the water. If it is too warm for you, then it's too warm for your puppy. 

Nail Care: You must make your dog comfortable during this process. It might be easy to let them lick peanut butter as a treat the first few times to get them excited about grooming. When trimming their nails you want to be very careful not to cut too close to the quick. This can be very painful for your puppy. If your puppy has brown or black nails it back be hard to locate them quickly, so try just taking off little bits at a time.

Trimming the Coat: It is best to cut your puppy's coat when it is damp, so after a bath. Puppies do not always need frequent trimmings but as they grow older they may need more, especially if your puppy has a thick coat. When trimming your puppy's coat you want to start from the back of the neck and work your way down to the legs. Just take a little bit off at a time because you do not want to over-trim your puppy's coat.

Make Pet Grooming a Normal Part of Your Routine

It's important to add grooming into your puppy's schedule as early as possible to make sure they get used to it. If you wait too long this can be a stressful experience for your puppy. If you remember that your dog is a creature of habit, and when you're doing the grooming bring your dog to the same spot each time so they know how to react. For example, if you clean your dog in the kitchen make sure it continues to do so.

Getting your puppy to sit still and allow you to brush their fur and teeth more than once a week can be difficult but as long as you keep up with it, there shouldn't be any issues.

Luckily, if the task is too much for you to handle there are options! You can look into scheduling an appointment for professional dog grooming in White Hall.

When should your puppy see a professional groomer?

Your puppy will need professional grooming when they are old enough to leave their mother, so around 8 weeks you can contact our vets and book your puppy's first pet grooming in White Hall, AR.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your little furball in need of some routine grooming? Contact our vets to schedule a visit for professional dog or cat grooming in White Hall.

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