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We recommend grooming your puppy frequently as a youngster so that he becomes accustomed
to the routine.


Nail Trimming - An adult dog's nails need to be trimmed approximately every two weeks,                   
although this will vary depending on how much (and where) your dog exercises. Some dogs tend
to naturally wear down there nails, while others, particularly senior dogs, need more frequent
attention. Check your adult dog at least weekly to see if his nails need trimming. Nails should be
kept short enough that they do not 'click' on a hard-surfaced floor. If your dog's nails have
become quite long, it is advisable to trim just a bit off at a time, and repeat the trimming again in
about three days. This allows the quick - the part of the nail with the blood vessel and nerve- to
retreat, and will result in a more pleasant (and less painful) experience for you and your dog. On a
dog with white toenails, you will be able to see the quick, and can avoid it quite easily. With black
toenails it will be invisible. Pay particular attention to dewclaws and be sure to keep them short -
these nails don't wear down on their own.

Brushing - Brushing your lab can help reduce how much you need to sweep. If your dog is kept
indoors, he will shed a little bit at all times throughout the year. Outdoor dogs tend to blow their
coats in large clumps twice a year, in the spring and fall. Use of your FURminator de-shedding tool
every 4-5 weeks to get rid of any dead hair will GREATLY reduce how much shedding you notice. I
can't recommend this brush enough... In between times, use your Zoom Groom or other Rubber
Brush to stimulate circulation and natural oils that allow your dogs fur to look shiny and healthy.
(Note: your puppy won't start shedding until their adult fur comes in, typically no sooner than 6
months of age. There is no need to use the Furminator brush until they have adult fur, so get the
puppy used to brushing with a softer brush like the Zoom Groom).

Bathing - Labs do not require regular bathing if they are swimming often in fresh clean water.  If
your dog rolls on something gross, swims in salt or chlorinated water,  or otherwise ends up
filthy, bathe him in luke warm water using a mild shampoo such as Johnson and Johnson "No
More Tears" baby shampoo or a specialized dog or puppy shampoo and be sure to rinse
thoroughly. Using a regular human shampoo frequently is damaging to the coat because it
removes the oils that keep the fur waterproof, shiny, and healthy.

Cleaning Ears - Labs need to have their ears dried out after each swim or bath, or if the air is
particularly humid. With a kleenex or soft cloth, gently wipe away any moisture from the inside of
the ear. If your dog's ear looks dirty inside, use an ear-cleaner product to help remove the waxy
build up. An ear that smells 'yeasty'  or appears very thick or red is infected and needs a proper
cleaning and possibly medication to clear up. Frequent ear infections indicate that the ear is not
being dried properly after swims. It could also be a sign of an allergic reaction.

Adult Labs are known as wash and wear dogs because their coats are easy to maintain, never
tangle and need no trimming. Grooming, however, is fun and enjoyable for you AND the dog so
take some time each week to check to give your dog the pampering she deserves!
Grooming Your Puppy