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Q: Puppy blow coat phase?
Was your puppy's coat MATTED by chance, when you brought him to the groomers?
At 1 yr old, your Tzu might be blowing his puppy coat. This can happen anywhere from 10 mos old to 1 yr old! And it's a NIGHTMARE and a half! My Tzu had the worst puppy blow coat stage everrrrrrrr. ugh, I cringe just thinkiong about it! Luckily, I had the support of her show breeder. She helped me immensely by telling me about all the grooming tools I needed and how I was to use them. Have you spoken to your puppy's breeder? She/he should be willing to answer ANY questions you may have regarding coat care and types of puppy clips.
I began grooming my puppy every day, right when I got her at 10 weeks old, so that she would get used to my brushing her. Yet..that puppy blowcoat phase was still horrendous! It seemed as though her coat would mat right before my eyes! Brushing twice a day no longer sufficed. During her blow coat phase, I made sure to brush 3-4 x day.
Even if you are going to take your puppy to the groomers every 4-6 weeks, you are still going to need to do your own maintenance grooming every single day. When your pup gets his adult coat in, he can still go through another blow coat phase! Mine did again at about 16 or 18 mos old. It wasn't as bad as the first time, but it was still pretty bad. lol
Do you have ALL the grooming tools you need?
**pin brush (straight pins only!, not ball-tipped!)
**"gentle" slicker brush (these pins HURT! So never rake against your pup's skin! Only rake through a matt, away from the skin -- use your own hand as a barrier between the matt and the dog's skin)
**combs with wide and medium tooth spacing
**flea comb (for face)
**grooming sray (for before you brush and to help de-tangle)
**rinseless shampoo (for the emergency "spot" shampoo'ing needs, and also to clean face daily)
**Visine Tears or "eye wash" -- to cleanse your Tzu's eyes daily. Be sure NOT to get the kind that says "to get the red out". Never use that kind.
**face cleansing pads or small sponge to clean face daily***
**dog toothpaste and brush** (ok, not coat care, but thought I'd mention it anyway! lol)
**coarse nail file to keep your pup's nails trimmed in between grooming visits***
Ok, those are some of the things you should have in your pup's "maintenance" grooming bag.
IF you brush just 15 min at a time, 3-4 times per day during this puppy blow coat phase, your pup and you AND your groomer will all be much happeier. And if your pup is past the blow coat phase, you can just cut down the brushing time to 1 or 2 x day.
I hope this helps some! And if your pup's coat was NOT "matted" when you brought him to the groomers, I'm really confused as to why the groomer would have clipped him shorter than what you asked. If that's the case, then just find a different groomer.
puppy kisses to your cutie pie Tzu puppy!!
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