Over-bathing strips natural oils. Bathe only when dirty or every 6-8 weeks. Use gentle shampoo.
Bathe Less Often
Brush down to skin weekly to distribute oils and remove dead hair. Use a slicker brush and undercoat rake.
Trim nails every 2-3 weeks before they get too long. Avoid overcutting pink quick. Use styptic powder if you cut too short.
Trim Nails Frequently
Check and gently wipe outer ears weekly with cotton balls dampened with dog ear wash. Never insert cotton swabs into canal.
Clean Ears Weekly
Brush frequently, bathe less, give omega fatty acid supplements, and use deshedding tools to manage excessive shedding.
Talk soothingly, diffuse calming essential oils, and give treats during grooming to relax anxious pups. Go slowly.
Calm Nervous Dogs
Give praise and treats during and after grooming to reinforce it as a positive experience.
Reward Good Behavior