It’s your fur baby’s first hair cut! Taking your puppy to the groomer for the very first time is a big deal for pet parents. The initial grooming experience will set the tone for how your pup responds to being primped and pampered for life. So, what can you and your fur baby expect during that first trip to the groomer?
Don’t Expect the Works
The first grooming session is kept short and sweet. Your puppy will likely be scared, so the groomer will want to bond and gain trust by performing some basic services. To get your puppy acclimated to the sights and sounds of the salon, a groomer will typically stick with:
It will take a few sessions for a puppy to become comfortable with the grooming process. Starting slowly, making behavior corrections along the way, and keeping the experience positive will enable a groomer to build up to a full cut.
Preparing Your Puppy for the Salon
It’s never too early to get your puppy used to the grooming salon’s sights, smells, and sounds. Soggy Doggy Shop welcomes all new pup parents to stop by with their new family member to check out our facility. The first grooming appointment should be made around 12 weeks old, and definitely before the puppy is 16 weeks old. At that point, your pup will have most or all of its shots and it gives you some time to do a little prep work that will help make the salon experience a little less scary and stressful.
For example, regularly tickle your puppy’s paws, play with their toes and rub those cute little ears. These are sensitive areas that the groomer will always need to service. You can also use your human hair dryer around your puppy – but do NOT blow the heat directly on the little guy! Using a heated dryer will quickly raise the internal temperature of the pup’s body, possibly to dangerous and/or fatal levels. The exercise is to get him/her acclimated to the noises commonly heard at the grooming salon. It’s also a good idea to gently tap baby Fido’s nails with a metal spoon or your personal nail clippers to introduce the sensation of getting a pawdicure.
Most puppies come to realize that the grooming process is a special time where they get undivided attention. Be sure to start early and offer lots of praise and yummy treats to reward good behavior!