Grooming for your puppy

Bringing in your puppy before its completed its vaccinations may not a good idea and most reputable salons wouldn’t allow it due to the safety of the puppy. Parvo can kill a puppy in one week if not detected and other viruses can be just as deadly. However frequent home grooming practice is better than a one time visit at a groom shop every 4-8 weeks.

Combing and brushing two times a week is important. Root to tip, head, ears, face, tail, legs, all over. Most puppies will try to nip or scream, try to make them comfortable but also be focused. Make it rewarding with treats or with praise with what the puppy will allow. Give breaks if necessary.

Getting your puppy used to having its feet and nails touched. One helpful tip is to tap the nail with a pencil or pen, one by one just to get it used to the act of being handled in the future. If you are not able to trim the nails for whatever reason then when the groomer does it for the first time, it will be routine for your dog’s feet to be handled and not as traumatic.

For long haired dogs, trimming near the eyes may be apart of its future. One of the scariest tasks to trim near the eyes of a wiggly puppy with scissors or thinners hoping that no accidents happen. A helpful tip is use your fingers to piece the hair together near the inside corner eye including wiping any debris. Doing this two times a week should make an impact.

If a client works with their puppy two times a week=8 times a month, it definitely shows. They never put up a fight or flinch, for them its routine by the time they see a professional groomer making a comfortable situation for everyone.

Ear Cleaner

I have used so many products over the years but not with the success of Oxyfresh ear cleaner found on Ebay, online, or dog shows.

I bought a bottle at the San Ramon dog show in the summer and it has helped so much liquefying wax and making it easy to shake out and wiping.    My old co-worker had a chihuahua who made an vet appointment when I let her try it just to hold her over until the next day,  her dog soon stopped pawing at her ear and head.  It has no burning alcohol,  its soothing and deodorizing.  Oxyfresh Ear Cleaner gently loosens dirt and  has unique Oxygen bacteria-neutralizing solution for maximum odor control and cleansing capability without the addition of harsh ingredients.
Granted if you think there is any open wounds or ruptured ear drum  do not use.  

Recommended Use: Put 10-15 drops into each ear. Massage the ears at the base. Let your pet shake their head somewhere outside or in bathtub then wipe any remaining debris from the of the ear. May be repeated until no more debris is found. For routine cleaning. Use as needed.

How to get your dog’s nails short?

How to get your dog’s nail short? A frequent question and the only option is frequency and repetition. The quick should recede with this regimen.

High active dog on concrete daily or trimming nails every 1 to 3 weeks, no skipping weeks. For us and our dog, we trim once a week with a dremel. You can use the pet dremel on the infomercials which are available at Walgreens or Bed Bath Beyond. It’s beginner friendly and I too have one but I find it doesn’t have enough power for 8 hrs of work and about 8 dogs a day on AA batteries.

If you are brave enough to use nail trimmers then a helpful hint is to shine a flashlight into the quick to illuminate the nerve so you don’t cut it. You might need a third person for this. Even after trimming they may sharper than before which is another need for a dremel to smooth out the edges.

If you happen to make the nail bleed, you can get styptic powder at any pet store, apply a pinch and hold for 10 seconds against the bleeding quick. Repeat if necessary and if all else fails then use household flour in the same manner.

For those who don’t want to bother, take it to your nearest groomer and they can do this for you. Not all groomers file nails after trimming so be sure to ask.