Our bouncing puppies come in all shapes, sizes and coats! Starting their regular grooming from a young age will get them used to all the different pamper experiences meaning (hopefully) they eventually come to enjoy it! It’s a great idea to research your specific breed grooming requirements before you welcome your dog home, depending on their breed it can be quite time intensive.

COAT

  • Brushing your dog’s coat for certain breeds should be done daily – especially those with all the curls or long hair. Research your breed for guidance on frequency and recommended tools to keep on top of this. If combing is neglected it could result in painful matting and knots for your four-legged friend.
  • You can also take your puppy to the groomers for a ‘puppy groom’ once they have had their second vaccinations. This involves a bath and an essential trim. This is a great introduction to their new pamper spot and gets them to used to the new sounds.
  • It’s recommended every 6 weeks from the age of 6 months to take your dog for a bubbly bath and good coat and nail trim. It’s different for each breed so be sure to take this into consideration as the average cost is £40 per groom.

Teeth

Paying attention to your puppy’s pearly whites early on makes a lot of sense as dental disease affects up to 80% of dogs over the age of three. The sooner you start brushing their teeth the more they’ll get used to the idea! If you couple good dental care with a healthy diet, you’re on the right track to a dazzling smile!

How to manage doggy teeth?

  • Start brushing your dog’s teeth early on at the puppy stage so they learn to expect it, and may even grow to love it! You can buy a special puppy toothbrush and toothpaste in your local pet store.
  • Like with us hoomans, it’s best to clean a dog’s teeth every day. There is an incentive, instead of a minty freshness their toothpaste is meat or fish flavoured!
  • It’s good to check with your vet if you have any specific queries about your dog’s teeth.

We love this page on the RSPC website explaining more about how to clean your dog’s teeth

Eyes

Looking deep into your dog’s eyes is something we highly recommend. You can tell a lot about a dog’s health through their eyes! By inspecting your dog’s eyes regularly you can pick up on any tearing, redness or cloudiness. Watch out for discharge, tear-stained fur, cloudiness or pupils that are different sizes.

How to clean your puppy’s eyes

  • Sometimes bits of dirt and grit get into the eye. You can carefully wipe your dog’s eyes with a clean, damp cotton wool ball. Wipe from the inside – outwards and don’t touch the eyeball itself as you don’t want to scratch its delicate surface.
  • If your dog keeps getting runny eyes or discharge it’s best to see your vet. Some breeds of dog are more prone to eye problems than others so check out if yours is one of them.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SIGNS OF A HEALTHY DOG

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