[A] Grooming Essentials for Havanese including First Aid
Grooming Essentials For Havanese Including First Aid

What you need to groom at home


scissors 1 x straight pair,
1 x curved pair,
1 x round tip pair,
clippers oster, andis or wahl professional,
blades range of sizes to include from 1/2 inch to 4 inch for puppy cuts 

combs to include dematting tool, rotating teeth comb, straight comb, double sided comb
oil for coat management
brush i prefer cris cristensen and also now sprenger pin brushes

When grooming HAIR sticks to clothes so use a professional grooming tunic as they repel hair, trust me its bloody itchy and can be painful if gets in your eyes !!!

Argon Oil, Coconut Oil, Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner, all shampoos and conditioners should be diluted x 10 and pups shouldn't have any scented product before 12 months of age to avoid stressing their immune systems

Hair dryers if more than 1 doggy it is best to get a stand dryer to avoid back issues , if not get a multi blower that will allow cool settings and variable speeds

Nose trimmers are great to trim around eyes nose and repro bits, Vaseline and a styptic pencil are a must as is a small container of the following


Plain flour

Plasters for YOU

Hair wax

Doggy hair spray

Spray bottle to keep coat damp

Please do NOT over groom or over bathe your doggies, after listenig to the sagas of two new Havanese owners competing against each other for buying crap , closely followed by one of them criticising her puppy owners for grooming her dog poorly , I will yet again state the obvious :
Grooming product companies invite YOU to buy their products !

1 Most products will clog up your dogs coat and leave a residue that prevents the coats natural ability to free flow 

2 Bathing too often will remove the dogs natural production of sebum, this is a natural conditioner the dog produces to keep its coat silky and waterproof and also keep it flowing freely

3 Many grooming products will cause the dogs eyes and skin and ears to become irritated as they are heavily scented, dogs should smell like dogs not roses or chanel....If you want your dog to smell like roses then ask yoirself, are dogs suited to your lifestyle

Brushes that are ineffective and expensive-dont compete against the idiot that buys buys buys !

1 Buying quality brushes doesnt mean buying the most expensive hand made ergonomic indulgent crap, most are useless

2 A good comb and detangler comb and one brush is all you need, only a fool buys every brush they see on the market, sadly people do !

3 Always dampen the coat before using a comb or brush as it stops the hair snapping , its not elastic so it doesnt stretch, gently comb always

4 Grooming should be fun, treat it as a game.
REMEMBER Havanese have HAIR not FUR

5 IF your dog is blowing its coat, gently use a brush then a comb and all will come out if you do it daily

6 Applying a simple unfragranced wax or oil will keep your dogs coat in fine fettle
7 The use of a human paddle bush is a good cheap addition to your toolbox as it pushes air through the coat as you brush, so it prevents damage and or pain when the coat blows

Shaving or tat removal using pain

Havanese coats DO NOT GET DAMAGED if you need to shave, only an idiot would inform you otherwise, in fact having heard this from a NEW owner/breeder I was not surprised at the level of ignorance , what saddened me is that her puppy owners are being bullied into receiving invalid information. 

A long coat is actually easier to manage than a short coat as it allows air to keep the doggy cool during hot weather and insulates during the cold spells.

Daily brushing should take no more than 10 mins per dog and as I have 6 and do it daily then trust me I know !

Don't be afraid of getting stuck in, treat the dogs coat as you would your kids hair... IT IS THE SAME !!!

Find a tat then ease it out with fingers then get a wide toothed comb and place tat between fingers and hold it to prevent skin pulling, then simply take comb side on and work through it.....
The very best thing you can apply to a havanese coat is warm water before grooming using a fine spray.....

ALL NEW doggy Parents

This week we discussed grooming , please comb daily as I have shown you all. use the products I have told you about and given you 

The brush I recommend is sprenger , the chicken feet I recommend is below 

Dog training puzzles : suggest use to maintain brains

Puppy noise training cd 







The Essentials in a Havanese Grooming and First Aid Kit
( All new mums and dads should get these )

Keep a first aid safety kit on hand at home and in your car. Take the one from your car with you when you travel with your pet.

For all flappy eared dogs

Quistel Ear Cleaner

Ear Buds Johnsosn Only
Cornstarch to grip inner ear hairs should you NEED TOO!


Mix into a pot :
lemon juice (jif)

2 Tbspoons e45 cream or similar

1 tsp cornstarch
Mix into a thickish paste and apply each night on stained areas.
Stain will go lighter over time then stop use as necessary

Flannel to use each morning on stained areas being treated.

To stop OR remove tats in a havanese or bichon group dog


Apply onto coat dry if tangled OR use as a superb conditioner

I also recommend the shampoo YOU WILL NOT BUY ANY BETTER PRODUCT

Haemoroid cream cheap one is fine : use on bums that get dried poop on, after washing in bath with a conditioner this helps remove dried poopy
Cohesive Bandage : this is used if dog gets a sprain or is injured its breathable, its not sticky on coats, it allows movement but supports any injury including a suspected fracture until you get to a vet.


Detangle comb with rotating teeth ,(stops cruelty)




Round edged small scissors

Dog grooming scissors


1 pair curved

1 Pair short

1 Pair long

Bernina Dematting tool

Small container plain flour or styptic pencil to stem blood loss 

1 Long wide tooth comb

1 Narrow tooth comb

1 Wood Pin brush

1 small kids electric toothbrush

Bicarb soda or 
Baking soda


1 set dog grooming clippers Andis or oster or wahl professional

Eqyss Survivor Detangler


You can also use the shampoo and conditioner by eqyss

Wee pads x 2

Sterilised Talc

Thornit Powder
or see me for ear cleaner for smelly ears

Benadryl childs dose

Calpol or equivalent take infant dose

gatorade or any elctrolyte drink

apple sauce 


Can be used to wash wounds, wash eyes wash out infected areas

Rectal thermometer

dextrose tabs (for all smaller dogs tpo prevent hypoglycaemia)
wo small towels

Flash light (night use and great for looking inside wounds)

Vaseline for thermometer

Disposable razor to shave away coat in wound areas

3x3 sterile gauze pads

Rolled gauze (for bandaging, stabilizing joints, making a muzzle)

Adhesive first aid tape (in narrow and wide widths)

Cotton rolled

Cotton balls

Bandages (including self-clinging or vet wrap and waterproof types)

Vet wrap, which sticks to itself but not fur.
Anti-bacterial wipes or pads


Hot/cold pack

Ice pack
Hydrogen peroxide 3% USP (to induce vomiting and to use on infected wounds; check the expiration date from time to time and keep only fresh solution in your kit)

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL TABLETS (effective in absorbing many toxics)
Betadine solution (a type of antiseptic iodine medicine for wounds to deter infection)

Antibiotic ointment (such a Neosporin)

Rubbing alcohol (apply on skin as body cooling agent to aid heat stroke or fever; helps break down oils; acts as a drying agent between toes and skin folds; but do not use on wounds as it can damage skin and is not an appropriate antiseptic)
Pepto BIsmol for upset tums n bums
so have in your car:

Bottso have in your car:

Bottled water

Bowl or other container to use for water

Spare leash

Have a book with the following numbers:

Vets emergency number

Vets usual number

Insurance details 
Cards with your details
Calming stuff like rescue remedy , or bach flower essentials

Muzzle to prevent bites if serious injury
Details of family who will be able to assist you

By having all of these in two bags 1 Grooming 2 First Aid you will always be prepared for most problems.
Its by NOT being prepared that can cause most unnecessary lengthy vet procedures.
Those with Female dogs should also carry
anti mate spray
 Mikki Knickers and pads

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