According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) there are 6 breeds that require significant grooming: Bichon Frise, Afgan Hound, Portuguese Water Dog, Puli, and Komondor. The reality is that all dogs need a certain amount of grooming on a regular basis.
If you have recently gotten a new puppy, that will require grooming, then it is best to start the process while they are young. Read on to learn 5 tips to make your first puppy grooming appointment a success.
5 Tips for a Successful Puppy Grooming
The amount of time it will take to prepare your puppy will depend on their breed and temperament. Keep in mind the earlier you start, the easier it will be on everyone.
- Grooming Preparations – Touch
Grooming has to be done everywhere on your puppy, including those areas that don’t usually get petted or played with. Start by petting and playing with your puppies, feet, ears, and tail. This will help them to feel comfortable in their first grooming session.
The more you play, for example, with their ears the less they are to feel like this is a new experience. Don’t rush the process, follow your puppies temperament to ensure that they feel it is a positive, not negative experience.
- Introduce the Brush
Next, begin to introduce the tools your puppy will experience at the groomers. The easiest to introduce is a brush. Bring them the brush and lay it at their feet. let them sniff, nudge, explore the brush.
Once they are comfortable, then bring the process of brushing them. Make your brush strokes long and slow allowing for breaks as needed. Treats for good behavior will help to create a positive association.
- Identify the Right Groomer
You want your puppy to have a positive experience and enjoy their trip to the groomer. Depending on the temperament of your puppy, they make like groomers with a lot of action. If not, seek out one that is quite, or pick grooming times when the office is slower.
If you decide that it is easier on you, or your puppy, you can always explore in-home dog grooming.
- Develop Trust
Whether at home or at the groomers the goal of the experience should be to establish trust with your puppy. Make sure to set appropriate boundaries but listen to them and their needs.
- Keep the Goodbyes Short
When it is time to go to the groomers, keep the goodbyes short. This will help with the transition.
Now you have an idea of what is needed to kick off your puppy’s grooming experience on the right foot or paw.
Is Your Pet Family?
Show your pet how much you love them by taking them for their first puppy grooming. They, and you, will appreciate how good they look and how nice they smell! Pets are an important part of our family and getting them used to the groomer is a smart thing to do when your dog is still a puppy.
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