When you bring a puppy into your home, especially a soon to be giant and often slightly uncoordinated Lab, you’re going to have a little bit of work ahead of you. Keeping your pup (or adult dog) clean and well groomed will go a long way in keeping them healthy and happy. And far less mess for you to clean up in the house too which is always a good thing! Below are a few tips and tricks to help you keep your Lab and your home, happy.
1. Regular brushing will help keep piles of dog fur from accumulating all over the place. It will also keep your dog more comfortable if they don’t have clumps of half shed fur all over them. It’s even more important in the spring when they’re getting rid of their winter coat!
2. Keep pet waste bags close to the back (or front) door so they’re convenient to grab when you let little rover out into the yard. Having pet waste bags handy means you are far more likely to pick up behind your dog each and every time they do their business. This also means that you don’t have to keep your eyes open for “dog bombs” every time you walk around in your yard!
3. When you take your dog out with you, make sure you have all of the accessories that you will need, just like the dog version of a baby diaper bag. You’ll need plenty of water and depending on your plans for the day, maybe a few toys or bedding. It’s also a great idea to put together your own little dog waste clean up kit, especially if you’re not sure what services will be available wherever you are going. Include lots of pet waste bags and a package of travel wipes or baby wipes incase a little extra cleaning is required.
4. Keep your dog’s nails and paws well trimmed. When the nails get too long it can impede your dogs ability to walk comfortably and letting the fur on their paws get out of control will mean that they’ll be tracking in all manner of debris from outside and depositing it all over your floors!
5. Though you will obviously want to give your dog a bath from time to time- especially after they finished galloping though the giant mud puddle outside- but make sure that you don’t over-bath your pet. Bathing your pooch too frequently can lead to dandruff and itchy dry skin which will not be comfortable for them. Your lab has a lot of natural oils in their fur and over bathing will strip those oils away.
Bringing home your brand new lab puppy- or any puppy for that matter- can and will provide you with years of fun and loving companionship. Sometimes they’re a little crazy or wild or hilariously funny, and keeping your puppy clean and healthy will help them to be the carefree little fur ball that they should be!
(This is article is a guest blog post on behalf of Pet Waste Eliminator.)