Many people wait until the puppy is over 6 months for their first groom. However, the sooner you familiarize them with being groomed, the happier your puppy will be. We associate the puppy’s first grooming experience with that of a child first dentist appointment. If it scares them, they will fear and dread it the rest of their lives. However, if introduced at a young age and introduced CORRECTLY, it can be both a positive and rewarding experience. Love and patience are the keys to years of successful grooming. The following are things you should do with your pet if he is 8 weeks old or 8 years old. It’s never too late!
Play with your pet for a few minutes to help him get rid of some of his excess energy. Select a location for grooming. This should be a table with a rubber type (bath mat) for traction. The reason you should use a specific table (or place) is because your pet will remember this place and know that it is not play time now but “grooming time”. Customers are so amazed when they see their pup on our grooming table so well behaved! 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. At first, puppy grooming is also a behavior lesson. Conduct frequent short sessions with 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, your groomer and your vet and in the long run, your precious pet, 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 perfect for grooming and 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 it 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.
Play with your puppy’s ears by touching them on the inside & outside. Afterwards, reward him with lots of praise and a small treat. This is important because so many breeds require the hair be plucked from their ears and this is the second least favorite thing to nail trimming for most dogs.
Open your puppy’s mouth and touch its teeth and gums. Dental care should begin as early as possible. You can begin by using a finger brush or puppy toothbrush and a toothpaste made your pet. We also offer teeth brushing as an ad on service during any groom session.