Grooming a dog is an important part of its health and well-being. It’s therefore important to introduce it early! Here are some tips on how to introduce your dog to grooming so that you can both get the most out of it!
1. Play with its paws
Yep, you read that right! A puppy's paws should always be handled for a variety of reasons. Dog grooming, such as nail trimming and hair trimming, is much more enjoyable and safe when the dog is comfortable with humans handling its paws.
Examine your dog's nails, touch the pads under the paws and check between the toes. Starting early and doing it often will inevitably reduce the stress factor over time.
2. Brush your dog regularly
If your canine doesn't like to be brushed by you, it definitely won't like to be brushed by a groomer. So it's a good idea to get them used to the process as soon as possible.
Regardless of breed, brushing daily (or at least a few times a week) will reduce excessive shedding, prevent tangles and keep your dog's hair looking great.
3. Make regular appointments (and start early)
Did you know that you can take your dog to the groomer as early as 12 weeks of age? The earlier the better as they say, since a puppy is easier to train and adapt to this type of care. Also, before being groomed for the first time, it is preferable that it be fully vaccinated.
Ideally, you should visit the groomers every six to eight weeks until the dog is emotionally ready and their coat needs a complete grooming. Also, depending on the breed, waiting too long can cause your puppy's coat to become matted, which can be upsetting for both you and the animal.
To help with the adjustment, the first few grooming sessions should be short and simple. When the puppy first comes to be groomed, the groomer should begin by introducing themselves to the animal by speaking in a soft, soothing voice, petting him and playing with it for a while. Very soon, the groomers will gain the trust of your pooch, who will then associate grooming with a fun activity!