Puppy's Grooming Needs:
In the past, the generally accepted advice was that frequent bathing of your pet would damage the coat. It was not until recently that the make-up and function of dogs' hair coats has been understood. Biochemically, the skin and hair of the normal puppy is very similar to that of a human. Both human and puppy skin and hair are comprised of protein with oil as a lubricant. Modern shampoos designed for dogs of all ages and coat types enable the owner to bath or have their pet bathed as often as desired, in some cases, daily. The average puppy probably commands a bath at least weekly. This not only helps control odor by removing excessive dander, oil, and bacteria, but also is hygienic in helping to prevent dirt-related skin infections. We do offer a Maintenance Discount under our maintenance program. Please see our coupons tab for more information.
Brushing the hair coat of young pups will feel just as good to them as it does to older dogs. It has similar effects on puppies in that it cleans the coat, removes loose hair, and stimulates the oil glands of the skin. At this age, the puppy will see the brushing as just another form of petting. Get them used to it now so they will let you do the same when they are adults.
Puppies should have their nails trimmed if this was not done by the previous owner. Puppy nails have tiny sharp points and these can easily scratch you, the children, or your furniture. After this initial trimming, puppies are usually active enough to keep them worn down for four to six weeks.