The Havanese is a gorgeous dog with a wonderfully cotton-like, flowing coat. To keep him looking great, you will need to groom him regularly, starting when he is a puppy. Take your time while he is small, and he will look forward to these sessions when he is older.
Spray your pup lightly with detangler spray. You can purchase ready made detangler spray, or add a teaspoon of hair conditioner to a 16 ounce bottle of water. Shake well before using.
Position your puppy so he lying on one side. This can be challenging with a rambunctious young dog, but as long as you keep these sessions short, he will learn soon to lie still for you.
Start at his feet and use a fine comb to brush the hair, dividing it into small sections. Work from his feet up to the midline of his back. Once you have reached his tail, stand him up and reposition him so you can comb the other side.
Wipe around the eyes with a damp cloth, as Havanese have a tendency to develop tear stains.
Wipe out the outer ear area with a cloth dampened with ear cleaning solution. Dogs, like the Havanese, with ears that drop rather than stick up, are more prone to developing issues with infection and odor, so it is important to get them used to having their ears handled at a young age.
Items you will need
- Detangler spray
- Fine comb
- Wash cloths
- Ear cleaning solution
- Keep grooming sessions short, less than 10 minutes, as your puppy develops some patience.
- Keep treats handy as a reward for good behavior.
- Havanese Rescue: Grooming a Havanese
- Dog Care: 101 Essential Tips; Dr. Bruce Fogle DVM, MRCVS