Feeding and Grooming Tips

Pet Food

We only feed the best food to our healthy Malamutes.  You will receive a small amount with your puppy and can continue or transition to a puppy food of your choice. IAMS Smart Puppy Large Breed promotes optimal growth with balanced nutrition specifically designed for large-breed puppies and essential DHA for healthy brain development and the best start possible as recommended by our veterinarian.

Iams Proactive Health Smart Breed Premium Puppy Nutrition Supplements, 38.5 Pound

Grooming Care

Nails: trim at least once a month. With young puppies, & untrained dogs, aim for doing a few nails at a time. See where the quick is and do not cut into it. If the nail bleeds, apply Kwik stop. You may need a partner to hold the pup. It’s easier to do this after the pup has been for a walk and is tired. We place our dogs on their sides on the floor to trim. Give the pup a treat and lots of praise.

Ears use Otis ear cleaner or an astringent solution. Ears should be cleaned at least once a month. Squirt several drops into one ear. Massage the base. Let dog shake, then use a cotton ball to wipe away dirt. Repeat if necessary.

Teeth Clean teeth at least twice a week (more often if possible) with a gauze soaked with hydrogen peroxide or baking soda or use a toothbrush and special toothpaste for dogs. If your dog ever is under anesthesia schedule a cleaning at the same time. An alternative to brushing, we use rawhide chews and frozen soup bones 2-3 times a week. If you use bones and chews make sure you remove them when the pieces are small.


Brushing & Coat Care

For regular weekly grooming sessions use the soft slicker or bristle brush. Use the comb or rake to remove undercoat or to tease apart tangles or mats. First lightly mist the coat with water then brush in direction of hair growth, from head to tail, Then brush and comb in the opposite direction, layer by layer, a small portion at the time. Divide the hair with one hand, hold and brush then comb down to the skin. When entire body has been brushed against the grain, then brush the coat back in place. When the dog’s body is done, do the tail. First use a rake and slicker brush. Then a comb. This sensitive area often mats so be gentle. Geriatric dogs and young pups are best groomed in multiple short sessions one section or side at a time. Old dogs may be more comfortable groomed on the floor. Don’t forget to brush the underside and legs. As you groom your dog, spend a few minutes running your fingers gently through the coat. Feel for any lumps. Look for foxtails and sores or inflamed areas. Regular grooming is especially important for older dogs


Bath Time

Thoroughly soak the dog (do the head last) Fold ears down and cover eyes with your hand when you rinse the dog’s face. Once the dog is soaked, apply diluted shampoo with sponge. Use a brush to work the lather in. Work both sides, tail, legs and on underside and feet. On face, scrub with small brush (nail brush) or wash cloth. Rinse well. Keep rinsing till water drains clear. If dog is very dirty, the first lathering should be done with dish detergent; then a second and third lathering can be done with the mild shampoo. Pay particular attention to the chest, collar and belly areas as these are usually the most soiled and the easiest to miss! In heavily soiled areas, add undiluted shampoo directly to sponge or brush and hit these areas again. For skin problems, or problem areas, (hot spots etc.,) use an iodine based or medicated shampoo. Once the dog is thoroughly cleaned, and rinsed, a coat conditioner may be applied to tail and breeches to aid in detangling. Rinse thoroughly. Allow dog to shake off in tub. Then squeeze dry with several towels. If the dog is not being shown, let him air dry for a couple of hours–either on a deck if it’s sunny or in a crate padded with bedding; then blow dry.