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It is a very good idea to get your puppy used to being brushed and make that a bonding experience rather than a chore. Puppy coats are easy to maintain, but this is when you want to start -- before the adult coat comes in at around 8 to 12 months. It's also a good idea to massage your puppy's paws and ears to make them comfortable with being touched. 


You can find the grooming supplies we use and recommend on our SUPPLIES page.






It is important to start brushing your dog from the early days when he/she joins your family. Brush your dog from head to toe at least 4 times a week until the adult coat is fully established. Your puppy will likely be around 18 months old when the adult coat is established. You will need a good brush and a de-matting comb to get started. You will probably want to purchase scissors with rounded tips to touch up around the eyes.


Your puppy will have a baby coat until 8-12 months when the adult coat comes in. While the adult coat is establishing, you will need to brush multiple times a week, and I find this the best time to give your pet his first trim. It will be difficult to keep up with the matting in the longer coat, but with a trim, it is very manageable, and the beauty of the adult coat is better realized.

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Both the ALAA and WALA have great care and grooming instructions on their website.

WALA Care Instructions

You can print the WALA reference guide or share the link with your groomer

ALAA Care Instructions

The ALAA instructions and illustration grooming card is included in your going home bag.



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