What exactly does puppy grooming involve? Puppy grooming is the process of bathing, brushing, and blow-drying. Just like people, dogs need regular bathing. But unlike people, dogs don’t need frequent bathing. Your dog’s breed and the environment in which it lives and plays will largely determine the optimum frequency of bathing. Once a month is a good rule-of-thumb and experts recommend that you do not bathe your dog more than once a week.
Don’t use shampoo for humans on your dog when you give it a bath; use a shampoo that is formulated specifically for dogs.
The Step By Step Bathing Process
- Brush your puppy to remove any tangles or debris from the coat.
- Get your pet wet, avoiding the head.
- Apply a quarter size amount of shampoo, lathering up all over.
- Massage your puppy’s fur to distribute the shampoo.
- Leave on for the recommended length of time.
- Meanwhile use a face washer or sponge to wipe down the face (no need for shampoo).
- Rinse, making sure all the shampoo is out.
- Stand back and allow your pet to shake.
- Towel dry.
- Use a hairdryer on a low heat with a brush or take your pet for a walk in the sun to dry.
Brush, Brush and More Brushing
Most dogs love a good brush. Brushing also helps to prevent skin irritation by removing dead hair from your dog’s coat before it mats. It also gives you control over where hair is shed – in the brush instead of all over your house!
You’ll need a comb and a slicker brush.
You can brush your dog as frequently as you feel is needed, but the longer your dog’s hair, the more frequently you’ll need to brush. Very longhaired dogs may need it daily, while shorthaired dogs may need it only monthly.
We hope you enjoy the time spent learning the essentials of puppy grooming. Puppies and dogs alike love the extra TLC they get during this time together. This quality time can become very important to your pet and doing the job yourself can save you a great deal of money over the lifetime of your dog.
This information is based off the basics of Puppy Grooming and may vary according to the breed you just adopted at Awesome Paws of Missouri. If you need specific breed puppy grooming information, please feel free to Contact us and we’ll be glad to send some information and videos your way!
Puppy grooming is a very important part of raising puppies, because they spend the first few months of their lives in your home. Their coats can be very different when they come home. They may have thick, long coats, or a short, fluffy coat. They may have an undercoat or an overcoat. Their coats change as they grow and mature, so it is important to groom them at certain times for the best results.