Useful Tips For Puppy Grooming
Anyone with a new canine has to deal with the situation of puppy grooming. Many first time pet owners are completely unaware of how to groom their new family member and face the situation with a bit of anxiety. These people are likely to think that their puppy will get soap in his or her eyes or the nails will be clipped too much. Others rush into the situation full of confidence but may be doing their animal harm if they are not aware of proper puppy grooming methods. Therefore, this article aims at equipping you will all you need to know about grooming your new little one.
As with most things involving puppies, it is always recommended that you start grooming a puppy while it is still young. Being submersed in water is not a very natural habitat for your puppy and is likely to evoke fear and concern from your canine. However, by slowly but surely getting your puppy comfortable with the bathing, clipping, and overall grooming process they will be in the habit within no time.
The first thing involved in the grooming process is determining how frequently your particular breed needs to be groomed. You can purchase books on your breed that will examine this information in detail or you can look online. Some breeds need to be brushed daily or every other day, such as Maltese puppies. However, dogs with short hair, such as shorthaired Daschund Hounds may not have to be brushed at all. Therefore, we will focus on the bathing and nail clipping process that all dogs need throughout the remainder of this article.
When administering puppy grooming on your new pup be sure to make it a pleasurable experience for them. Make sure you are completely patient and understanding of their initial fear. It is essential to be relatively stern, but being overbearing will make the bathing process likely to fail at all future attempts. Therefore, it is important to understand that the first bathing experience sets the tone for the subsequent ones.
Now let’s move on to the actual bathing process. When washing any dog it is recommended that you bathe the head last. Anytime a dog’s head gets wet it is instantly cold and more likely to shake. Also be aware that your dog experiences heat easier than you do; therefore, what you view as hot is scalding to them. Test their water like you test milk from a bottle before feeding a baby. Gently restrain the dog and use a cup to wet the body (aside from the head). Gently add dog shampoo (it is not acceptable to use human shampoo) to your pet by massaging it into the scalp. When rinsing it is recommended that you use a cup. Then it is time to move on to the head. When washing your pet’s head make sure you use little puppy shampoo and avoid the area surrounding the eyes. Be sure to verbally reaffirm your puppy and tell them how great they are doing; believe it or not your voice is often soothing for them.
After the bathing process comes trimming of the nails. This process is essential to keep your pet’s nails from scratching you, other family members, visitors, and even your furniture. There are multiple tools you can use for puppy nail trimming that can be found at your local pet store. Not only will you find your traditional nail trimmers designed specifically for animals, but you will also find new tools that grind your puppy’s nails down without harming them or risking cutting too deep. Regardless of which you choose make sure to introduce the new equipment to your puppy (especially if you get the noisy nail sander) before use. If using clippers make sure you do not cut as far down as the vein; you can typically identify this area by looking closely at your canine’s nails.
In conclusion, puppy grooming can be done with ease if you are equipped with the proper knowledge. Be gentle with your pet and make sure to use dog-specific shampoo. You should not bathe any puppies that are under eight weeks old. When trimming the nails make sure you avoid the vein area and introduce your pet to the equipment before you start. Again, make sure you research your specific breed to determine how frequently your animal should be groomed.