Puppy’s First Grooming
Dogs require grooming their entire life. It’s important that their first grooming experience is a pleasant one so that they will not resist future grooming sessions. However, if you wait too long to take them for professional grooming it could lead to resistance and fear that can be difficult to overcome. Let’s discuss puppy’s first grooming.
Although young dogs are often nervous of the noise and activity of a grooming salon, they are more likely to become accepting of the experience in the future if they are exposed to it early. Check with your groomer to see at what age they will begin to see your puppy. Most grooming salons will allow them once they’ve received their second set of vaccinations.
Early exposure to the grooming experience should be carefully balanced with protecting your puppy from infectious diseases. Many groomers recommend waiting until your puppy is fully vaccinated before making their first grooming appointment. Typically, this is right around four months of age. They don’t usually need a full grooming treatment at this point, but it is the perfect time to get them used to the sights and sounds of the salon.
You can begin preparing your puppy for regular grooming when you first bring them home. Brush your puppy gently, pick up its feet and feel between its toes. Wipe the insides of its ears with a soft cloth and brush its teeth on a regular basis. Offer praise and treats during these sessions to keep the experience both positive and fun.
Your puppy’s first grooming session probably won’t include a full haircut. Instead it will be a shortened session that introduces your puppy to the groomer and the tools that are used in the grooming process. Your puppy will probably receive a gentle bath, with a nail trim, ear cleaning and a light trim of the face, feet and sanitary area. At each appointment the groomer will do a little bit more as your puppy gradually gets used to each procedure.
We hope that this information has been helpful as we strive to provide education on all aspects of pet care.
Claws N Paws Day Spa offers quality dog and cat grooming in Orange County, California. For more information, or to schedule a grooming appointment, please call 714-962-1005.
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