Curly Coated Retriever Breed Maintenance
Curly Coated Retrievers are active dogs that need a half hour to one hour a day minimum for exercise. They enjoy having a goal and a job to do, so a good way to keep your dog active and happy is to take them swimming, on long walks, or get them to carry items for you, as long as they are not too heavy for them. They enjoy a challenge, like training for dog activities such as obedience or agility. Puzzle toys are another great way to keep your Curly occupied. As puppies, they are active and rambunctious and will require training when they’re young in order to ensure that they grow up into smart and respectful adults. Curly Coated Retrievers also tend to chew and nip at anything that they can find, which is important to watch out for as some objects that shouldn’t be eaten can cause some damage. Crate training is recommended for this breed to keep them out of trouble and away from things that can harm them. It can also be beneficial, as it will get your puppy used to confined places, which may come in handy if they ever need to be boarded. However, do not keep your Curly locked up all day. They love their family and will want to spend time with you. This breed should be fed twice a day. The amount will depend on the individual and their activity level, but 3-4 cups of food a day will most likely be a good amount. The coat is fairly easy to take care of, and grooming should be taught as a positive experience when they are puppies. The nails should be trimmed as often as the individual dog needs it. If you can hear your pooch's nails clicking on the floor as they walk, they need to be cut. This breed of dog will only need grooming in the spring and fall when they are beginning to shed, and in fact, grooming them more often can cause their coat to become frizzy. Use a plastic or wooden open toothed comb for best results. Shedding seasons are also the best times for baths, but regular baths won’t be necessary for these dogs unless they have gotten into something and are smelly.