Help Grooming Problem

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Help Grooming Problem

Post by B Proffi » Wed, 10 May 1995 04:00:00



Help!  I have a 6 month Maltese puppy and I can no longer afford
grooming bills. I don't know how to groom a dog especially one of this
breed.  Can anyone please help me and tell me how to do it. Please
respond thru my email address.  Thanks    Beth
 
 
 

Help Grooming Problem

Post by Ute R. Willmo » Wed, 10 May 1995 04:00:00


: Help!  I have a 6 month Maltese puppy and I can no longer afford
: grooming bills. I don't know how to groom a dog especially one of this
: breed.  Can anyone please help me and tell me how to do it. Please
: respond thru my email address.  Thanks    Beth

Are you planning to show her? If not, I would put her in the tub (or sink)
to bath. Give her a good brushing afterwards, and comb her too to make sure
there are no matts. When the hair gets to long, either take a pair of scissor
or one of those hair clippers and trim it as short as you like. Make it
the same length all over, or try to copy the picture in a breed book. She
may not look the greatest at first, but you'll get better with practice.
Don't forget to trim nail every so often, and clean ears.

Mostly it should be a matter of getting the dog used to being handled
and holding still for this, if she doesn't already.

Ute

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Help Grooming Problem

Post by patfi.. » Mon, 15 May 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>: Help!  I have a 6 month Maltese puppy and I can no longer afford
>: grooming bills. I don't know how to groom a dog especially one of this
>: breed.  Can anyone please help me and tell me how to do it. Please
>: respond thru my email address.  Thanks    Beth

>Are you planning to show her? If not, I would put her in the tub (or sink)
>to bath. Give her a good brushing afterwards, and comb her too to make sure
>there are no matts. When the hair gets to long, either take a pair of scissor
>or one of those hair clippers and trim it as short as you like. Make it
>the same length all over, or try to copy the picture in a breed book. She
>may not look the greatest at first, but you'll get better with practice.
>Don't forget to trim nail every so often, and clean ears.

I disagree with this suggestion.  As a professional groomer I groom a lot of
maltese and their coat is very easily matted.  It is such a soft coat and unless
you are willing to spend alot of time grooming your pup, I would suggest you
have a professional groomer keep the coat short for you.  NEVER put your pup in
the tub without first brushing and combing every mat out of the coat FIRST.
If you put the pup in the tub with even loose matting starting the water will
seize up the matting making it impossible to remove after the bath.

Unless you are going to show your dog (which would involve keeping the coat
long -- which I repeat is a lot of work maintaining) you are best to keep the
coat in what most groomers would call a "puppy clip" which is a much easier
clip to maintain (about 1 inch of fur all over and looks really cute).  Never try
to cut matting out of the coat yourself it is much too easy to cut the dog's
skin by mistake.  If the matting gets too hard to remove, take your pup to a
professional groomer to have it removed.  Get your pup used to being groomed
at an early age.  Get a good steel comb and a slicker brush (available at pet
shops or a groomers) and get her used to you combing and brushing often.

Enjoy your little maltese.  They are great-natured little dogs but do require that
you be vigilant about your grooming chores.