Hygiene and Grooming
Your long haired pup will need brushed three times a week to keep him tangle- and matt-free. Even a smooth coat dog benefits from brushing ,and you will find much less arbitrary shedding. Every three weeks or so, the pup will need his nails clipped and ears cleaned with a Q-tip or cotton ball. If your pup is prone to ear infections or yeast build-up, wash the ears regularly with either an ear cleaner or white vinegar to naturalize yeast in the ear. The longer coat pup needs to have the hair trimmed around the eyes at this time, and it is a good idea to trim the hair around the anal area. A bath would be acceptable at about every three weeks as well.
Not all dogs take pleasure in a bubble bath like Cricket in the picture here, but all of them will need a bath from time to time. A small puppy can be washed in the sink. A tiny pup can be held in one hand, resting on the wrist with his legs straddling the arm. That leaves the other hand free to wash and scrub. Holding the pup in this way gives him the feeling of security. A towel can be placed on the bottom of the sink to prevent slipping for a larger pup. Older and larger breeds will need to be washed in the tub.
Use a mild puppy shampoo that is PH balanced specifically for pups and dogs. Look for "no tears" and/or something with oats or aloe. A pup is inclined to shake the water off when his/her head gets wet. If you wait until the rest of the body is washed and rinsed before washing the head, you may prevent getting your own shower. After soaking the puppy's fur really well, add a generous amount of shampoo and lather well. Be sure to gently rub the shampoo through all the fur and onto the skin, just as you would when washing your own hair. Lastly, be sure to rinse all the shampoo out in order not to cause scratching and dry, flakey skin.
Most pups can air dry and will do so quickly as they run around the house or yard. Just be careful that they don’t get chilled if the weather is cooler. The rule of thumb in our house is "if it is cold enough for us to wear socks (most of us goes bare foot), then it is too cold for the pups to run around wet so they need to be blown dried."
After your pup is about 4 months old and has had all of his/her vaccines, you will want to get some of the bulk of hair off by a professional groomer. You may also attempt it yourself.
For those who are local, I would recommend Pet Haven Grooming in Medina.