Dog grooming refers to both the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog, as well as a process by which a dog’s physical appearance is enhanced for showing or other types of competition.
Do puppies need grooming?
All puppies do require some level of grooming, and all puppies need to be checked regularly to ensure they are clean and healthy. Grooming involves taking care of your puppy’s appearance and making sure they are clean ; an important task, considering how mischievous puppies can be! Checking if your puppy needs grooming usually includes making sure your puppy’s ears, nose and eyes are clean; that their fur is not matted and dirty, and that their paws are clean.
How often should puppies be groomed?
How often your puppy needs to be groomed depends on what kind of breed they are. Puppies with long hair may need to be groomed more often than puppies with short hair. This is because this hair gets dirtier earlier and matted more easily. Dogs with long ears, such as cocker spaniels; may need more attention to be paid to their ears; if any dirt is left there, it could lead to an ear infection. Remember not to clean your dog’s ears yourself, though, as they are very delicate; they will need the attention of a vet or groomer.
How old does a puppy have to be to be groomed?
It is good to establish puppy grooming routines when your dog is still young and capable of learning new behaviour. Their size also makes them easier to control at this stage, so it’s a good idea to get them used to bathing and grooming now. Imagine chasing a fully-grown wet dog as they run around the house, trying to escape a bath!