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Proper grooming is essential to all dog ownership. Establishing a relationship with a professional groomer in your area as soon as your puppy comes home is highly recommended. Please put the time into ensuring that you find the right groomer for your newest family member. A professional groomer that handles the dogs in her care with kindness and grace is essential. Visit the grooming facility, meet the groomer and come home with a list of references to contact. Ask your chosen groomer the age of which she would prefer seeing your puppy. Typically we recommend waiting until after 12 weeks to take your dog to a groomer as they will have a second vaccination at that time.
In the weeks that your puppy is with us, we have already started proper handling of your puppy for grooming. Beginning at just a few days of life, your puppy is first introduced to having his feet handled when when we perform the ENS procedures. From there, we continue nail trimming and filing on a weekly basis. We also intentionally handle the puppies paws when they are snuggling with us as this frequent handling desensitizes them to having their paws handled for grooming and nail trims. We also begin gently brushing our puppies at 4 weeks of age, with a soft bristle brush and continue to do so on a daily basis. Before they go to their new homes they are introduced to a slicker brush, similar to what you will use on them at home. We highly recommend continuing to brush your puppy on a daily basis.
Starting around 6 weeks of age, we also begin regular baths and blow outs, we typically bathe them on a weekly basis as our goal is for them to have three full baths and blow outs prior to going home. Once your puppy comes home, we recommend continuing with a simple bath and blow dry every 10-14 days, through 16 weeks of age. This frequent bathing when they are young will ensure baths to be a pleasurable experience for all throughout the dogs lifetime. When fed a high quality diet and bathed using a gentle, quality shampoo, the risk of your puppy developing dry skin is very minimal, but be sure to adjust the bathing time if needed as outdoor temperatures and humidity do have a direct effect on skin and coat. As the puppy ages, we increase the length of time between baths, but always aim for no more than a month between baths and blow outs.
We have used a variety of products over the years, but the Isle of Dog and Kin and Kind grooming products have continually served us well. Isle of Dogs offers an extensive grooming line, but here are a few of our personal favorites:
Silky Oatmeal Shampoo
Kin and Kind Flea and Tick Shampoo and Spray is great for dogs that are over 12 weeks of age to aid in preventing external parasites. During warm months, our dogs are all bathed with Kin and Kind Flea and Tick Shampoo and regularly sprayed down with the flea and tick spray. Especially when we are going exploring in the woods.
Kin and Kind Flea and Tick Shampoo
Kin and Kind Flea and Tick Spray
In addition to the grooming products above, we highly recommend that you purchase a simple slicker dog brush and a metal comb before your puppy comes home.
Our favorite and affordable slicker brush
These items will be an essential part of preparing your puppy for a lifetime of stress free grooming. Grooming can be a relaxing time for both dog and owner, a special time to further build your connection together.
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I am the owner of Prodigy Farms and only second to the love for my dogs, is my love for educating dog owners on canine care and behavior. I am the stay at home mom of three amazing boys that are active in the rearing of our puppies. With a background in nursing and years spent competing in the dog world, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that I like to share with others here. So welcome to my blog, I hope that you are blessed by your visit and will find tools and information here that will enable you to raise and train a happy healthy dog to create a lifetime of joy with!