Havanese grooming is a vital part of owning and caring for one of these wonderful little dogs. The Havanese breed is known for its long, soft coat that needs regular maintenance to remain healthy and looking good. Grooming your Havanese properly can help keep their coat in top condition and prevent skin issues caused by over-grooming or poor brushing habits. This article will provide tips on how to groom your Havanese, including the right tools and techniques to use.
The Havanese is a dog that does require routine bathing and grooming. This intelligent, mischievous little dog has an abundant, double coat which needs to be bathed as frequently as every week up to no longer than every 3 weeks. Frequency of baths depends on the amount of coat and the lifestyle of your Havanese.
The care and maintenance of the coat sets the foundation for maintaining healthy skin and coat. Regular baths promote coat growth. A dirty coat will mat and tangle much easier than a clean coat. When the coat is dirty, the hair shaft becomes rough and eventually breaks down, which leads to a damaged coat. Therefore, keeping the coat clean and healthy is of utmost importance in order to maintain the profuse, silky, double coat.
Grooming your Havanese is easily done if you have the right tools to do the job. The most common tools that people use for grooming their dogs are a comb, a brush, a nail clipper and a hound glove.
Combing through your dog’s hair and brushing them is easy and straightforward. But if you have a long haired havanese, you will need to use a brush to keep their hair out of their eyes, and a hound glove to keep the hair out of their eyes and off their face.
Additional Tips for Grooming A Havanese
Here are some additional tips to help you groom your Havanese.
Take a small brush with metal teeth and place the dog on a flat table. Begin brushing from the top side of the leg through the shoulder. Make sure that you keep moving the brush against the fur.
Make sure if the dog’s coat is matted or tangled to wet the coat. Use water or detangler such as Cowboy Magic and conditioner mixed with a comb to pull the matted hair apart. It is also important to apply oil to the hair every 15 days. Before a bath, brush the hair with oil while applying it to the comb teeth. You can use cooking oil to facilitate this process. This is especially beneficial especially during the winter period when hair gets dry.
Brush the hair against the growth using a brush with metal teeth. Starting at the shoulders, comb progressively downward. Facing the stomach in layers, comb the chest, buttocks, tails and flanks. Put your dog on its side and brush it down from its top to its bottom. Do this again until you’ve finished.
With a long coat, it is best to line dry the dog by hand using a fluff or stand dryer. Dry the dog throughout the entire coat all the way to skin level. You should make sure the dog is completely dry before moving onto the next section. When the Havanese is completely dry, double check the coat and brush it again so it is free from knots. You can also use a metal comb to guarantee that your Havanese’s coat stretches freely to the skin.
You will also have to clip the dog’s nails. Hold the pup still and separate the toes. After that, cut one nail and praise the dog. You need to clip your dog’s nails regularly or they will grow too long. Continue talking to the dog and praising it so he does not panic. To avoid injury, it is always better to go to an experienced groomer to have your dog’s nails trimmed professionally. Please ask them to also clip the fur on the dog’s paws as it may form a cushion that will cause your dog to slip on a smooth surface.
Cleaning their Teeth
Your Havanese needs to have their teeth and gums brushed regularly to prevent plaque buildup. You should use special dog toothpaste to brush their teeth.
Always make sure to brush the gum line too. Dogs can acquire the same dental issues as humans can; however, dogs cannot brush their teeth after a meal.
Cleaning the ears and eyes
As with any dog with heavy feathering on the ear, if the ears of your Havanese aren’t cleaned regularly, problems may ensue. Hold your dog’s ears open with one hand and gently wipe the ear flap with a soaked cloth or cotton ball. You should regularly pull out the hairs growing inside the ear canal using your fingers, tweezers or a haemostat. Do not dig too deep inside the ear canal. For eyes and ears, use a fresh cotton ball or a clean corner of a washcloth.
Gently wash the skin around his eyes if possible with a soft washcloth or cotton ball. Havanese that have a white coat tend to show discolored hair around his eyes and mouth. It is also helpful to keep his coat clean to keep it from becoming discolored. A soothing eye lotion may help reduce any eye irritation. Applying a few drops to the stain helps to neutralize and remove it. Besides the mineral content in tap water, excessive tearing of clothes and subsequent staining can be caused by the fact that tap water contains a lot of minerals and a lot of impurities. You can see a significant difference if you switch to filtered or distilled water for the water dish. It will take 3 months to see best results, but you may see some improvement in a few weeks.