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When can I expect my puppy to loose his "puppy coat"?  My little man is 11 weeks old and I am noticing that his fur is thinning on his back.  Also...when should i begin to brush him?

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on September 21, 2015 at 9:06pm

Lots and lots of treats :) and keep it short at first. Also, what kind of brush are you using? The metal slicker brushes can hurt and if not used properly and carefully can make a dog fear grooming time. Our Gracie couldn't tolerate them at all and I got these great plastic bristle slickers made by Conair. They don't irritate the skin at all and they really keep the mats at bay. And I agree with Kris about the handling EVERYTHING as much as possible. Good luck with your new pup; he's a doll!

Comment by Beverly and Eli on September 21, 2015 at 10:27am

I let Eli play with it for a while, it seemed to help.

Comment by Karen on September 21, 2015 at 9:27am

Thank you to everyone for being so responsive! My puppy is scared of the brush.  Any suggestions?

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on September 20, 2015 at 9:46pm

Depends on the pup. Harrison blew his puppy coat at about 9 months. Brodie blew his about 13 months. I think it also depends on if the pup is more poodle or golden. As far as brushing, I brush both boys 3-4 times a week. It is our bonding time, they both love it and line up for their turn. I have always held their feet, face, teeth, ears, basically every part of the boys starting at an early age. We had both boys swimming at 2 months old and now we can't keep them out of the pool.. I have always believed that it is best to do everything with your pup, they grow up to be very social and easy to manage at the groomer and vet.. Good luck

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on September 18, 2015 at 9:46pm
I believe the puppy coat lasts for several months at least, I really can remember either. I started right away with touching his feet and brushing and bathing. You want them to get use to all the touchy and feely things so there are not problems later when then get groomed, nails trimmed etc. Marley was 8 weeks old when we got him. I even started blow drying Marley with my hair dryer (very very low heat setting or cool) and to this day he loves and wants it after his baths. Lol Then more you do early the better . Good luck !
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 18, 2015 at 9:35am

Not sure about puppy coats either.  I got Picco at 3+ months and bathed him (he was stinky) right away. I'd brush him a little daily and give water-only baths weekly. It got him used to grooming and touching, and it was also a great bonding experience.

Comment by Beverly and Eli on September 17, 2015 at 7:36pm

Not sure when the puppy coat goes, I think it was a few months, but I brushed Eli lightly as soon as he came to us so he could get used to it.

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