Any time you need to brush your large and cheerful pup, do so before bedtime or first thing in the morning before breakfast. In these times, your dog might be sleepy with less energy. Brush him using a brush appropriate for his coat such as a pin brush or a slicker brush. Start at the head and neck, moving down the chest and then to his sides and back ending with his tummy, legs, and tail.
To bathe a large, cheerful dog you are going to want to maintain his attention and focus by making bath time fun and rewarding and feeding off of his energy. You can bathe just before bedtime when he's sleepy, just ensure he has plenty of time to dry before lying down for the night.
When you bathe your large dog, be sure to use an appropriate shampoo for his fur and skin. Oatmeal shampoos work great for soothing dry, itchy skin and maintaining a healthy coat. Wash your dog with a liberal amount of warm water and shampoo scrubbing him from head to tail. Be sure to rinse well, removing all the shampoo, and then towel and air dry or dry with a dryer before allowing your pup to go to bed.
If your big guy doesn't have the attention span to do all grooming tasks at one time, trim him on a separate day from his baths. Make these trimming sessions short using scissors or clippers. Trim long fur in an even straight line on his body legs and tail.
When your large dog is so incredibly happy, he doesn't want to waste time doing all grooming tasks at once. So you can spend a few minutes only working on his face when you can get his attention for long enough to do so. Use a fine-tooth comb to brush the fur down from his face. A warm wet washcloth will help clean his face and a short pair of trimming scissors or thinning shears will help to groom beards and long fur.
Again, make this task separate from all others if your cheerful pup doesn't have the attention span to give you for a longer-term in session. Wipe down your big guy's paws with a warm wet washcloth and use nail clippers to clip his nails one at a time. A short set of trimming shears will help to keep any fur between paw pads and toes neat and tidy.
On a separate day, get your pup’s ears clean by using an ear wash solution or apple cider and water. Pour the solution into the ear canal let it sit for several minutes. Then massage it by rubbing the outside of the ear close to his skull. Spend a moment with your dog outside releasing some of his happy energy while he shakes the solution out of his ears. When this is complete, use a wet wipe just to wipe any excess debris from areas you can see just inside his ear.
Separating toothbrushing from other grooming tasks will help your big guy stay focused and happy. Use a toothbrush and dog toothpaste or baking soda and water to gently and quickly brush your dog's teeth on a regular basis. Just put the toothbrush inside his mouth, hold it at a 45-degree angle and brush as close as you can to his gums and around each tooth. Give him a treat and some playtime when you're done.
Your dog is going to require other grooming tasks throughout the week or month. Just keep these short and simple and separate them from longer, time-consuming tasks. Brush your dog on a regular basis to keep him smelling fresh and his fur from becoming tangled and to maintain a neat and tidy appearance. Other tasks can be done one at a time on different days.