If you want to keep your Wheaten in good condition, and minimize vet and grooming bills, you can take care of other grooming tasks at home.
Many people are nervous about trimming nails, fearful of making the nail quick bleed. However, trimming them regularly will cause the quick to retract and less likely to be cut.
Using some small scissors, even baby scissors or nail scissors will do, trim the hair between the pads. This will help keep your Wheaten from tracking in more dirt and twigs.
Hair grows in the Wheaten's ear canal and can collect dirt and wax. This, in combination with the ear flap, can create a great environment for infection. You can help avoid this problem for your dog and you by plucking this hair every month or so. Use a tweezers or non-locking hemostat and grab a hair or two at a time. When done, put a little antibiotic ointment in the ears.
With the tail held upright, comb the coat on the back of the tail outward and down. Cut this hair close to the tail so it doesn't stick out. Then comb as much coat as you can from the front and sides of the tail to the back and tip it so that it does not extend beyond the back of the tail. Flags are a no-no. Now remove the excess hair from the tip of the tail and blend so that it doesn't appear blunt. Look at the tail from the back. It should look like a Christmas tree, slightly wider at the base. From the side, extend tail straight back even with the topline, and with the coat fluffed up, tip creating a continuous line from the topline to the tip of the tail. Finally, check tail from all angles and remove the little flags that distort the outline.
Many owners brush their dog's teeth. It does help to keep tartar down and avoid frequent teeth cleaning procedures at the vet's office. It's also a great way to get your Wheaten to accept having his mouth handled, something you'll appreciate should you ever need to give him a pill.