How to Groom Purebred Puppies

How to Groom Purebred Puppies Grand Rapids, MI

Just because you’re in between dog grooming appointments, doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to keep your dog’s coat healthy in the meantime. If you already use a dog grooming service, these tips will help your dog’s coat look shiny and healthy in between appointments. While our puppies for sale receive basic training in our store, it’ll be your responsibility to get them accustomed to regular grooming.

Tips For Grooming Purebred Puppies

Brush Coat

Does an unpleasant odor waft into the room whenever your puppy runs to greet you? Brushing your dog’s fur helps remove dirt, dead hair, and other debris that could be giving them this unpleasant odor. Brushing your purebred puppy also distributes natural oils that keep your dog’s coat looking healthy and shiny.

If your new puppy has long hair, you’ll need to brush more often to prevent matted fur. Use a metal comb after the initial brushing so you can get down to the skin. Brush gently with the metal comb to avoid irritating or hurting your dog’s sensitive skin. Brushing your dog regularly will help their next dog grooming appointment go smoothly.

Trim Nails

Trimming your dog’s nails not only saves your hardwood floors, but keeps your dog healthy. Nails that grow too long can make it difficult for your dog to walk and run properly. Once their nails grow long enough to curl under, your dog could snag or even break off a nail.Dog nail trimming prevents these types of injuries so your dog can run with joy, not pain.

Dog nails grow at different speeds, similar to humans. Depending on your dog, they may need their nails trimmed every 2 to 6 weeks. Their dog groomer can trim their nails during their next appointment.

Clean Ears

You should clean your dog’s ears at least once a month and more frequently if they have long floppy ears. While floppy puppy ears are adorable, they also increase your pet’s risk of ear infection. Purebred puppies may also have a higher risk for ear infections if they swim often. However, a healthy amount of wax in your dog’s ears actually helps lubricate and protect the dog’s ears from infection. Keeping your dog’s ears clean and dry will prevent ear infections by reducing bacteria and wax.

Wash Face

Some dog breeds (like bulldogs) have skin folds on their face that need to be kept clean and dry. Otherwise, you could be increasing your dog’s risk for dermatitis or infection caused by bacteria. Cleaning your dog’s face is as simple as using a baby wipe or warm washcloth. If you notice redness or bumps in between the skin folds, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Clean Around Eyes

Does your dog get goop around their eyes? While certain purebred puppies are more prone to eye goop, too much can be a sign of conjunctivitis. Call your vet immediately if your dog suddenly has more discharge than usual. Use a warm washcloth to soften hardened goop, before gently removing it with a flea comb.

Give Baths

You should bathe your new puppy at least once a month. Washing your dog too frequently can dry out their skin. If your purebred puppy loves playing outside, use dry shampoos or doggie towelettes in between baths. That way, you can keep your dog’s coat clean of allergens, dirt, and other debris. Dog cleaning will also help your pet smell better.

Thinking of scheduling a dog haircut? Your pet may benefit from a dog haircutif they have matted fur that can’t be brushed out. A dog grooming service should also include haircuts for show dogs so they fit the coat standards for their breed. Before bringing home a new puppy be sure to ask our staff what local groomers they recommend.

Our purebred puppies for sale are looking for loving homes. To learn more about what dog grooming your puppy will need, call The Barking Boutique at (616) 446-6766.

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