All puppies need to get used to being groomed, and starting as early in its life as possible. Doing so will prevent future grooming problems from happening later on in their lives. Whether your puppy has a short coat (Boxer, Basset Hound, Labrador Retriever), long coat (Lhasa Apso, German Long-haired Pointer, Samoyed) or one that falls somewhere in between, she’ll need to be groomed on a regular basis.
Each year in the country thousands of young puppies are subjected to major surgery which is expensive, dangerous to some degree, uncomfortable, and often painful in its recuperative stages, not to mention totally unnecessary!
Ear cropping was humane in its origin. Centuries ago, when dogfighting sports such as bull baiting were popular, owners of fighting dogs decided that cropping the animals’ ears was preferable to having them shredded in battle, which was even more painful.
Not only his ear cropping an unnecessary, painful surgery, the logical reason for it is way outdated. In addition, if the cropping is done by the breeder, too often the result is a botched job; ears that don’t match, or never heal correctly, or fail to stand as they should.
Often as a puppy matures, ears which looked right at cropping time become disproportionately small on an adult dog’s head. We must assume, too, that some puppies bleed to death at the hands of inexperienced breeders attempting to cut costs by doing their own cropping. In all probability there are also puppies who sustained permanent physical damage because of poorly administered anesthetic.
Grooming your dog or puppy should be a weekly affair, and often daily depending on the breed and physical characteristics.
Bathing is at the top of the list of most important grooming habits that every dog owner must adhere to. It doesn’t matter what breed of dog or what coat type – every dog needs a thorough washing on a regular basis.
Brushing a dog can be quite a challenge to some dog owners, especially when you own a long-haired breed. And let’s face it, most of us do not have the time or the interest in braiding, curling, poofing, styling, or designing our dog’s hair. This article will brush up on a few tips that will guide you in brushing your dog’s coat more effectively and with the least amount of effort.