Grooming for a puppy is an absolute must! If
your pet needs to be groomed professionally, the best time to start is after they have had all their puppy shots. This is
typically around 16 weeks of age.
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. I associate the puppy's
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)
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 my 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.
first, puppy grooming is also a behavior lesson. Conduct frequent short sessions with patience, LOTS of verbal praise
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. his 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
puppies 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
favorite to nail trimming. (NOT!)
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. I also offer Teeth Brushing as an ad on service for $5.00 during any groom session. Please
remember though this only removes the surface and a regular dental cleaning should be scheduled with your Vet. (All
Creatures Animal Hospital) does an excellent job doing Dental Cleaning (253) 848-9328 located in Puyallup,