The first six months are the "main growth phase". They require high quality protein and nutrients.

The next 6- 12 months require a reduced protein content to help prevent any growth disorders.

Now fully grown, finding the right diet to match their energy requirements is key. 

Now in old age, diets with a lower fat and phosphorus are needed.

Grooming Your Pooch

It’s important to groom your dog on a regular basis. How often really depends on the breed and coat type. It’s also useful to remember it’s not just about keeping your pooch looking beautiful. Grooming allows you to spend quality time with your pet as well as providing the perfect opportunity to check them over for any lumps and bumps and potential health issues.  

Grooming Different Coats

Firstly, it’s wise to start grooming from day one. If you can get your puppy used to being groomed early on, it helps towards the handling process, especially when you visit your vet for a check-up. Grooming is also useful for removing dead skin and coat and improving circulation. For long haired breeds, vets often recommend brushing every day to avoid the coat becoming tangled and matted. Use a comb to untangle the coat brushing it both backwards and forwards. If the coat becomes hard to manage, a dog groomer is recommendable, they will wash, trim and thoroughly groom to keep the coat in optimum condition. Medium haired breeds should be brushed at least once a week. Again, start with a metal comb or even a metal brush, remove and knots and follow with a bristle brush to remove the dead hair and dirt. Short haired breeds can generally be managed with brushing once per month. Use a grooming mitt to bring any dead coat and then use a soft bristled brush to remove it.  

What about Curly Coats?

Curly coats, such as those on poodles or labradoodles need more care. They’re known as hair coats rather than fur coats. Unlike fur, hair continually grows and needs regular washing, grooming and trimming. You can do it yourself but it’s likely easier to regularly visit a professional groomer. These types of coats should be groomed every other day.