It is very important to start grooming you briard straight away. Do not think because the coat is not long and flowing it does not require grooming. Your puppy needs to become accustomed to being groomed and with regular grooming and patience your puppy will learn to enjoy being groomed. Start at the back leg and gradually work you way forward towards the head. Paying particular attention to behind the ears,beard,inner thigh and underneath the armpit. Make sure you brush at the root of the hair as just grooming the top coat will not remove any felts. Ten to twenty minutes a day will allow you to bond,groom and check for felts,grass seeds or lumps and bumps that may appear in later life! Make sure nails are checked and trimmed if required paying particular attention to the dew claws on the front legs and the double dew claws on the hind legs. As the coat grows use a water mist spray to help prevent breakage of the long coat. The hardest time is when they go through the coat change from puppy to adult but is worth all the hard work in the end.