Maintenance

 

Brushing, bathing and grooming your dog

Professional grooming

I will be able to give advice of a more specific grooming schedule that suits your lifestyle once I have seen your dog and discuss it with you. However, as a general guide I recommend the following: –
4-6 weeks: Poodle, Poodle crosses, Bichon Frise, Maltese, full coated Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso etc…
6-8 weeks: Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Havanese and Bolonka (pet trim), Yorkshire Terrier, Schnauzers etc…
8-12 weeks: West Highland, Cocker Spaniel, Short double coated breeds and any coated breed that does not require clipping.
 

Maintenance brushing & bathing between grooms

I usually recommend brushing your puppy from 8 weeks old. At this age they will get used to it and accept the brushing as part of everyday life. All dogs require regular brushing and combing to keep their skin healthy and their coats in good condition and untangled. Tangled and matted coats do not allow the skin to breath, this can lead to skin conditions and infections. For some breeds, even daily brushing is recommended. Long and double coated breeds obviously tangle and matt more than short coated dogs and are more difficult to maintain and require more time and attention. 
Recommended brushing time is different for every dog, however as a general guide for longer coated breeds its best to try to brush and comb for 10 minutes per day, or two longer sessions of 20-30 minutes a week. Any less than this and you should consider having your dog professionally groomed more regularly. Quite often when time is a factor with today’s busy lifestyles this is the easier option for most people.
Should your dog need bathing between grooms make sure the dog is fully brushed and combed out before bathing. This prevents hair that is caught in the coat from matting. Always use a quality dog shampoo specific to your dog’s needs. In general, I would recommend not bathing your dog more than once a week unless really necessary and not leaving it longer than 8 weeks for longer coated breeds and 12 weeks for short coated breeds. 
*For more detailed maintenance advice on how to best brush and bath your dog at home and what equipment and products are the best to use please don’t hesitate to ask me.