Puppy’s First Groom
BY NICOLE IPSON | January 25, 2018
The holidays have passed and with that, you may have gotten the gift of a fluffy new pup! Read on for tips about your puppy’s first grooming. The questions that all new puppy owners have – when do you start grooming, and when is the at-home bath not enough? Well, the answer is actually pretty simple.
When you bring home a new puppy you should get started training right away. Even at 8 weeks old, your puppy is ready to start training. This training should include a puppy’s first groom, because if introduced early, a puppy can learn to love grooming. Some of the things it helps them get used to are loud sounds, vibrations, & the bath. Even short-haired dogs can benefit from being started at this age, because though they don’t need haircuts, they still have to get used to the grooming process as well.
Bringing in your young friend doesn’t always mean doing the full groom. Usually, a groomer will recommend that you do a puppy trim during your puppy’s first groom to help with the adjustment. This will usually consist of:
Face, Feet & Fanny Trim
15 Minutes of Brushing
All of these things help to introduce the little one to the grooming process in small amounts. This allows your pup to get a feel for grooming without being completely overwhelmed or overstimulated on their first groom.
Depending on how your pet takes the groom, the groomer may suggest doing this package a few times even after the puppy’s first groom. Doing this on more nervous animals gives them more time to adjust before full grooms. Even though owners think of the salon as a spa day, they also have to remember that their little friends really have no clue what is going on and this process can make them very nervous and stressed. So patience for the process and the quality of the groom is important. A good groomer would rather take their time introducing the new pet to the process during the puppy’s first groom, because forcing the pup through the groom just to make it perfect never has a positive outcome.
At Furtastic Pet Grooming out first priority is the safety and happiness of your pet. The groomers in our shop do their best to make sure your pet’s visit is the best it can be, so when bringing in your new friend for a first time groom just remember it takes adjusting and time. We always look forward to seeing you and your furry friends and are always happy to share information!