The best time to start their first professional grooming introduction is after they have had all their puppy shots. This is typically around 16 weeks of age. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get them trained and to get over the fear of all the noises of clippers, dryers etc. The sooner you familiarize them with being groomed, the happier your puppy will be, and the cuter your puppy’s cut will look!
I will spend some time introducing myself and my tools to your puppy; letting them know they are safe and comfortable with me. I will then carefully introduce them to the grooming process: Puppy Bath, Drying, Ear Cleaning, Pad Shaving, Sanitary Area Trim, Nail trim, Haircut, etc.
You will then get a Pup Report emailed to you sharing your puppy’s experience during the session; likes, dislikes, and what we can do to help the process! Along with some cute pictures of course 🙂
While it is important to frequent visits to me, it is even more important to conduct frequent short sessions at home leading up to your Puppy’s 1st Groom, and thereafter:
Daily At-Home Sessions: From the moment you get your puppy, show patience, LOTS of verbal praise, and treats….
Touch your new puppy’s feet and rub your fingers between it’s toes a couple times a day. This will make nail clipping easier. I promise, in the long run, your groomer, your vet, and your pup will love you for this. It is a natural instinct for dogs to pull their feet back when being touched. This is a great idea to start when very young. Many pets are fine during grooming, and then only stress out during the nail trimming process. This can be avoided by your taking the time to help train them to enjoy it.
Show your puppy his brush & comb. Let them sniff and play with it a few seconds. Brush it’s coat a few times, then reward your puppy with a small treat and verbal praise. Do the same with the comb. Each day increase the number of brush and comb strokes. After the first week, you should be able to do the brushing AND combing in a short period of time. This is crucial, as it not only makes grooming a smoother process, but also is a preventative to matted coats. Brush! Brush! Brush!
Play with your puppies ears, by touching them on the inside & outside. Not only will this help your pup get used to and enjoy ear cleaning, but they get a little message while doing so! Did you know that ears have so many nerves that rubbing them releases endorphins that make your dog feel great?!
If introduced correctly and consistently, your pet will associate this experience with pleasure, and will look forward to this special time between you and him/her. As a result, they will enjoy their time with me and our grooming experience together as well 🙂