Congratulations on getting a puppy!
We know it can be very overwhelming. There are lots of things you have to worry about. Selecting the best food to feed. Puppy proofing your home. Puppy training classes. Socialization. These are just to name a few! With so many new responsibilities coming their way, most puppy parents don’t even think about taking their puppy to a groomer until about six months of age, but dog grooming is extremely important. Setting your dog up for a successful first grooming will set the pattern for how your dog feels about grooming for the rest of their life.
Puppies need to be socialized and become used to strangers touching them, so that they don’t panic when left with the groomer. Here are a few tips for how to prepare your puppy for grooming:
- Regularly play with and massage your puppy’s feet and ears. Groomers will be handling and grooming areas your puppy may not be used to being touched. During a calm time (perhaps at the end of the day) hold your puppy’s paws in your hand and massage them (even between the toes). Do the same with their ears. It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time but do it often. It’s good to get them used to having their feet and ears touched. Tapping a metal spoon on their paws is also a great way to get your pup used to metal grooming instruments near their feet. This homework will help ease your puppy into the grooming process.
- Touch their face and gently hold their chin hair between your fingers. You don’t want to yank on their hair but you want your puppy to become used to having the hair around their face, and mouth handled.
- Your pup may also need to be handled around the bum. This may seem awkward, but many dogs need to be properly groomed around their bums, so that they don’t have problems pooping and you don’t want your pup getting nervous, and wiggling when the groomer is trimming around their bum.
- Regular brushing is also extremely important; not only to prepare a dog for their first grooming, but to maintain their coat in between grooms. A slicker brush or fine metal comb is ideal. Anything softer will not go through the fur. Slowly get them used to the brush. Heavy brushing is not recommended and if you’re worried about how hard or soft you should brush your pup, come in and speak with one of our talented groomers at Hound & Purr Pet Spa and Lounge, and let them show you the ideal way to brush your new puppy.
These four tips will really help you set your puppy up for a comfortable first time at the groomers, which should be at around 3 or 4 months old. The first visit will be much shorter, and will not be a full groom, so as not to stress out your puppy. It’s good to give them time to get used to being handled by groomers. We firmly believe in building a loving and trusting relationship with your puppy.
For the first time maybe just try:
- Bathing and drying
- Light brush out
- Nail trim and file
- Ear cleaning
- Lots of treats, hugs and kisses!
Our groomers offer an Urban Essentials spa package that let you pamper your puppy’s needs.
It can take 2 to 3 sessions for your puppy to become used to being groomed, but if they start right, your puppy will think of their groomer’s as a place to be pampered, and who doesn’t love going to the spa! We love pampering pups!
We looking forward to welcoming you and your new puppy to Hound & Purr Pet Spa and Lounge – where Urban Pets Live Well.
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If you have any questions relating to care for your pet or our pet grooming services please contact us by filling out the form below or calling us at 416-253-9494 We are located at 1181 The Queensway #3 Etobicoke, ON M8Z 0C5. We look forward to hearing from you!