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Bringing a new puppy home is a momentous occasion. Apart from making sure that your little fluff ball got its shots and is comfortable in its new home, you will also have to think about puppy grooming at the earliest.Similar to babies, puppies tend to fear or love their grooming routines based on their first grooming experience. So, it’s extremely important to prepare them for their first appointment. Puppies usually learn best when they are 7 to 16 weeks old. Use this time to teach them that grooming is a positive, enjoyable process.Things To Do Before Grooming Your Pup
Puppy’s First Grooming Session
- Speak to your pupper in a soothing voice. The world can be a scary place for a new puppy. Speaking in a calm, soothing voice can help your puppy get comfortable with you as you prepare it for it’s first grooming experience. Remember, patience is vital during this process.
- Try to associate “hands” with nice things. This includes letting them sniff your hands, stroking them gently, and giving them treats to reward good behavior.
- Tickle your puppy regularly. Puppies need to get used to you touching their paws, ears, and backside in order for them to be comfortable during their first grooming session.
- Practice holding and restraining. Gently hold the puppy for a few minutes and release them and build up the holding time as the puppy’s comfort level increases. Same is the case with restraining. If your puppy struggles or becomes upset, it is best to slow down or ask for professional advice.
- Introduce grooming equipment to your puppy. Before the puppy’s first appointment, it is best to introduce it to common grooming equipment such as combs, brushes, and nail clippers. It is important to associate the equipment to a positive experience so your puppy does not get overwhelmed during his or her first trip to the groomers.
The puppy’s first session should concentrate on making the experience enjoyable. For the first few times, it is recommended to just stick to a routine that includes a bath, a light brush out and light trimming of hair, if necessary, trimming of the nails, and cleaning the ears. More services can be added as the pupper grows older and gets comfortable with the routine.Leash training the pup also helps the grooming process move smoothly. It is best to stay with the puppy during the first few appointments to make sure that he or she is comfortable with the process.The groomer also has a responsibility to make the puppy comfortable during his or her appointment. In a nutshell, the puppy’s comfort level during the session will make or break its relationship with the groomer.