Furry new addition to the family? You're probably wondering how you can properly care for your little rascal. In this article we will tell you why grooming is so important for puppies, how to brush it and which products are particularly suitable for young animals.
The little puppy etiquette: how can you care for your puppy?
Little rascals on a big journey of discovery : What smells so good? Can I take a nap in this shoe? Will I be able to jump into the comfortable armchair? As the owner of a puppy, you can tell a thing or two about this - the nonsense that the little rascals have in their heads seems almost endless. And everything on the doorstep is new, exciting and exciting - and begs to be explored with eyes, ears and paws.
If a puppy moves in with you, sooner or later you will of course ask yourself how you can best clean and care for the little one's skin and fur. The most important thing first: All puppies generally require a certain amount of care - it is particularly important that you pay attention to the specific needs of your four-legged friend and, ideally, set up a suitable schedule for the care. This way you can save yourself a lot of stress in advance.
Benefits of regular grooming for puppies
- The fur grows stronger and thicker
- Healthy skin is promoted
- Tangles are gently prevented
- Bugs/parasites can be identified quickly
How do you brush your puppy's fur?
Get to the comb! When brushing and combing your puppy, you should pay particular attention to the coat type. We recommend brushing young dogs with longer fur every day - this way you avoid mats and knots. Ask a specialist retailer for advice on which comb or brush is best suited for your pet's fur.
It's a good idea to get your puppy used to regular brushing as early as possible.
Here's how to do it correctly:
1. It is best to place your puppy on your lap or close to your body
2. Talk to him well and give him plenty of petting time
3. The first few times you brush him, only brush him for 1-2 minutes and avoid sensitive areas, such as the stomach and tail. After about five days you can slowly improve
4. Praise him regularly, speak to him gently and take short breaks if necessary
5. End brushing with a delicious snack
The goal here should be to make grooming as pleasant as possible for your puppy from an early age so that he can remember it as a positive experience.
Always comb your puppy's fur with the appropriate dog brush or comb, paying particular attention to the back, tail and legs. Our tip : First gently stroke the fur forward and then gently comb it back - this can help give the fur a rich shine.
Bathing your puppy – this is how it works
You should bathe puppies as rarely as possible, although it may be necessary - for example after a long mud bath. When washing, use a suitable shampoo for puppies so as not to attack your four-legged friend's sensitive skin.
To make your puppy's first bath as attractive as possible, you can remember the same rules of thumb as when getting used to brushing: increase your pace slowly, encourage him, pamper him with cuddles and then reward him with delicious treats .
You should keep this in mind when bathing puppies: The water should not be too cold, but not too warm either. Lukewarm water ensures a pleasant, comfortable temperature for your little rascal. In addition, the water should only be let in very shallowly, around the height of your dog's knees - this way you can reduce panic reactions. Always rinse out shampoo thoroughly and then dry your puppy carefully with soft towels.
5 tips for proper care for puppies
1. Inspect claws and pads regularly. It's rare, but in some cases your puppy's nails may need to be filed or trimmed, such as if they're bleeding. Please always use suitable tools, such as a claw trimmer.
2. Brush him regularly to get rid of loose fur and remove dirt
3. When you wash your puppy, you should always rinse the shampoo or conditioner thoroughly, as residue in the coat can cause itching. After washing, it is important to dry your puppy thoroughly and keep it warm. Ideally, you can dry it with a towel and then carefully blow dry it afterwards.
4. Brush your little one's teeth every now and then - plaque can quickly form tartar when combined with saliva. This often results in inflammation of the gums, bad breath and toothache. Use a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste from a specialist store.
5. Check his eyes and ears routinely: A puppy's eyes and ears should also be cleaned and cared for regularly. You can carefully dab mucus from your eyes with a cotton ball and clean your ears with a damp cloth and an antibacterial solution, for example with our “Eavesdropping” ear cleaner