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When to start grooming

Hi all, I am brand new to this forum. Our new puppy Pepper is 10 weeks old. She is a little fluff ball. We have been brushing her but i am not sure when I can start brining her into the groomers for a bath? She also is getting crusties under her eyes. I tried using washcloth but it is not getting loose? Suggestions? Thanks for any advice!
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Welcome to the forum! What an adorable puppy!! Does she have a name? I never took my guys to a groomer when they were small so can't help you there. They may require the puppy to have had her shots?? I use a warm washcloth for crusties. Sometimes have to wet the area and wait a few minutes for them to soften and then go after them again.

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Thanks Linda. I love the coloring of your dogs. The father of our puppy had similiar coloring as Augie. Our new puppy is a girl and her name is Pepper. She is definitely full of spunk! She is doing good at potty training. She seems to poop alot! Which I guess is a good thing. I have signed us up for puppy training starting next week. She hates being on a leash. Good thing we live in Vermont and have a nice big yard to play in. Thanks for the advice on eye crusties. I guess i need to be more patient with the washcloth. She is such a wiggle worm! I was thinking she may be to young to go to groomers.. did you bath yours when they were puppies and how often. Thanks for the advice on new puppy owner!
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they are never too young to groom. Get them used to it early. get a small comb and comb out the areas where they are prone to mat (behind the ears, arm pits, etc). I bought eye wipes for the crusties, basically are moistened toilets with stuff that is gentle and won't irritate the eyes. Good to get the gunk off because it will cause the unsightly tear stains.

It's not too early to bath the pup, you could do it yourself in the sink or take her to a groomer. Just use a gentle shampoo and conditioner.

Pepper is adorable!


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Thanks Tuss! Cute pups! Gemma is a young one as well. Any other brand new mom tips I would appreciate. We have had Pepper for 1 week! Our family is really enjoying her. She already has the run of the house. Can you tell me how to make an avatar picture?
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Pepper is adorable and very fluffy looking. I have always used a cotton ball soaked in warm water for the eyes. If the crusties are stubborn, let it soak for awhile. I use my fingernail to get at them. Good to get them used to baths early but be aware that they probably won't like it and are wiggle worms. Hang on tight or have someone else help you, feeding treats to distract Him.
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Thanks Linda. I love the coloring of your dogs. The father of our puppy had similiar coloring as Augie. Our new puppy is a girl and her name is Pepper. She is definitely full of spunk! She is doing good at potty training. She seems to poop alot! Which I guess is a good thing. I have signed us up for puppy training starting next week. She hates being on a leash. Good thing we live in Vermont and have a nice big yard to play in. Thanks for the advice on eye crusties. I guess i need to be more patient with the washcloth. She is such a wiggle worm! I was thinking she may be to young to go to groomers.. did you bath yours when they were puppies and how often. Thanks for the advice on new puppy owner!
Yes, I have given my two baths since they were little. Oh, wait.....in the beginning, they gave ME baths!! I started out with Augie in the kitchen sink. We definitely had water all over everywhere - you just gotta hold them tight, have all your towels and paraphernalia ready before you start. We then graduated to the bathtub. By the time we got Finn, I had gotten a portable laundry tub on legs and set it in a bathtub that we don't use. With the shower head on a hose. Works out much better. Finn has even been a bigger challenge from the beginning. Augie now just stands there and is such a good boy about baths. Finn is coming around. I am lazier than some on the forum. Augie goes at least a month between baths. He just doesn't seem to get stinky or dirty that fast. Finn always seemed to pee all over himself and stunk, so more often bathing required.

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Yay figured out how to make an Avatar thanks Mary! I noticed when Pepper got wet from all the rain we have been getting she was a bit stinky. But other then her being wet I dont notice a smell on her. I think she smells like a cute little puppy!
I just need to work on those eye crusties! Luckily she has dark hair around her eyes so they are not that noticeable... I wouldnt have even seen them if I hadnt lifted her hair out of her face! She wiggles around so much she didnt want me messing with her. I used the washcloth but I will have to be more diligent. THanks for all the advice guys! I love our new Havanese she is just so darn cute and fun. Even when she poops on the floor... well not really then! ha
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I use the eye wipes too. Once you get the hair wet enough you gently run a comb through gently. The guk will get caught in the comb. I then wipe again and when it looks all clear give it one more little comb. Groom him then give treats and tell him what a good boy he is. Then do the other eye. Lots of treats for being good will help. Don't groom to long. A little at a time til will help them used to it. As my trainer said, "they better get used to it, its part of their life" lol

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My pup tends to get really dirty and needs to be bathed weekly. She can't jump out of my bathtub (it's really deep), and i have a removable shower head. I don't put any water in the bottom of the tub. I hose her down with the shower head, then soap her up with diluted shampoo (diluting a small amout of shampoo makes it easier to get on their fur, suds up better and you use less), then a rinse, then conditioner with i leave on a few minutes (her favorite part because she gets a nice little massage), quick rinse, towel off then blow dry. I got the whole process down for less than an hour now.


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