Preparing Puppies for the First Pet Grooming Session
During the first grooming session, the main idea is to familiarize puppies with the process.
The pup’s initial experiences at the grooming salon can set the stage for how he responds to being groomed for the rest of his life. So it’s important to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
We can help owners to navigating the challenges of introducing your puppy to the grooming process by giving you some tips on preparing the puppy for what could be a scary experience. The more socialized and used to being handled a puppy is the better.
Before Puppies Are Groomed
On the big day, when the puppy first arrives we slowly introduce ourselves to the little one via speaking to him in a soft, soothing voice, petting and cuddling him and playing with him for a bit, to gain his trust, and to enable him to regard grooming as a fun, enjoyable experience.
Above, all, patience is key.
We stick to an abbreviated session, to avoid stressing the pups out and enabling them to get used to being handled. Plus, bear in mind that puppy may be frightened when they are first exposed to such alien devices and tools as clippers, noisy dryers, and grooming tables.
Furthermore, the grooming sessions initially should be kept short and sweet. We recommend initially sticking with the following services the first few times:
- Light brush out
- Nail trim
- Ear cleaning
- Light trim where especially needed, such as around the face, feet and bum.
“We don’t do a lot during the first sessions; we want the puppy to become acclimated to being handled. The first experience must be a good experience, with lots of love and treats. This is their special place away from home. If you push them through the experience and restrain them, then you ruin that dog for the rest of his life.”