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Grooming your puppy for the first time can either be a brilliant success, or a stressful endeavor for both of you. The difference is whether or not you've paid mind to the two keys to great grooming:
"If your dog learns that things like brushing, bathing, ear cleaning and nail trimming reliably predict wonderful stuff for her – like special treats, brand-new chew toys, the start of a favorite game, a walk in the park or dinnertime – she'll soon learn to love 'spa time'."
How can you do this?
Immediately after bath time, provide your pup with the opportunity to do something (or eat something) she loves. This will help your puppy associate the experience with positive emotions and rewards, rather than negative ones.
Here's a quick guide to the nitty-gritty of coaxing out tangles from your pup's soft, fluffy fur:
A rubber brush or mitt is perfect for loosening shedding hair, dust and dirt. Grooming once a week should be more than enough for a smooth coat.
Breeds with short coats tend to get matted fur more often but brushing regularly with a metal brush or comb will keep their fur in tip-top shape. *Tip: never cut out clumps of matted fur with scissors due to the risk of injuring your dog. Instead use the brush to gently loosen dirt and unwind knots.
You will have your work cut out for you with a long-haired pup! Daily grooming will help manage knots. For best results: "Comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb, taking particular care around the backside tail and legs."
A bristle brush will bring out your puppy's natural shine and consider parting your pup's fur for a stylish look.
If you decide to take your puppy to get a professional dog grooming service, here's what we'd recommend sticking with for the first few times:
Last but not least, here's some great advice from the Humane Society:
"When you and your puppy are learning how to groom, come armed with a great attitude, lots of patience, and in the beginning, lots of treats. Always start slowly and add more as your puppy accepts what you're doing. If you start getting frustrated, stop and come back to it later. Remember to keep it positive and fun."