Bringing home a cute little puppy may be one of the memorable moments of your life. But the hardest thing is, taking proper care of it. If you’ve no previous experience of handling a dog, then it is going to be a challenging task for you. However, it doesn’t mean that only the experienced persons have the exclusive rights to own a pet, if you know the technicalities and procedures of proper puppy grooming, you could also become an ideal pet parent and live a happy life with your canine.
Before giving you puppy the necessary grooming tips, I want to explain you the importance of it. If you remain unaware of the significance of grooming, you will not find the dedication to perform it. So, let’s take a look at the reasons why you should take on puppy grooming seriously-
Quite similar to the human babies, small puppies are highly delicate, feeble and tender. If not taken care in a proper way, they could easily become sick or weak that may have an adverse effect on their health. Your cute and cuddly ball of fluff requires physical maintenance to look, feel and remain healthy.
Nurturing your puppy also makes the bonding between both of you even stronger. Your puppy starts to recognize you and you become a special person in his life. And this friendship will go on and on.
Regular grooming of your puppy enables you to identify early any health-related issue or abnormalities, so that you can take preventive steps at the right time before it becomes severe.
Now that you know the value of treating your pup in a proper way, it is the time to share some of the grooming tips that you can perform-
Keep your puppy in a clean place- The very first thing that you need to do after bringing a puppy in your house is to arrange a clean, hygienic and speckless abode for him. In the breeding houses, a puppy lives with several other dogs and puppies in highly unhygeinic condition. So it is paramount to keep your pet in a germ-free and disinfected place. You could easily find specific cleaning products in a dog grooming shop to sanitize the dwelling place of your furry friend.
Prepare your puppy for grooming sessions- Your pet may not find cleaning sessions exciting initially, but it is important to introduce him with the cleaning process early as puppies learn best aged between 7 to 16 weeks. Do keep in mind that you are not thrusting your pet in a bathing tub straight away. Make him accustomed with the different cleaning process gradually and introduce him with clippers, combs, nail trimmers, brushes and other cleaning products slowly. Patience is the key to success when it comes to clean your canine.
Bathing your puppy- You can give him a bath not until he turns one month. After three months, you can give him a bath once in a week and according to the dog grooming experts, it is a good idea to bathe your pup when he is noticeably dirty or smelly. However, the time between baths will vary from dog to dog. Soak a clean and soft cloth into a lukewarm water mixed with shampoo and gently wipe the puppy from head to tail. Do not apply any cleaning agent directly to his skin. After that use a clean towel to get rid of the excess moisture from the puppy. You could also run a hair dryer to rinse him. Keep in mind that, puppy skin is highly sensitive, so it is better to use quality cleaning products such as shampoo or soap from a reliable dog grooming shop.
Trim the nails- Clipping the nails is the task most dog owners are apprehended about. Although, the toenails of puppies generally don’t grow large but you need to keep him aware of the process so that in future when he develops longer nail, it would be easier for you to trim. Take him into your lap and place his paw in your hand without squeezing the toe. Hold the toe firmly and start clipping the nail with a clipper. It is suggested to use small size clippers for better control.
Regular physical maintenance is an essential part of responsible puppy care. It would be suitable for you if you set up a strategy and taking on one task at a time such as bath your pup on the first day, brush him on the next and trim the nails on yet another day.
by Rony Sneijder