First Grooming Visit

Essential tips to introduce your dog to a professional dog groomer

Your puppy is starting to look a bit scruffy. Perhaps he needs a shave and a haircut, or his nails need to be clipped. Looks like you need to take him to the dog groomers. But this is his first time – is there anything you can do to make the trip as stress free as possible? We’ve put together some points on what you need to do to prepare your pup for his first dog groomer visit.

Start Grooming at Home

Before you take your dog to a professional dog groomer, get him used to the experience at home. This means brushing and giving your dog a bath so he knows what to expect. By going through some of the processes at home, your dog will be better equipped to handle the experience with a stranger. As well, you can give your dog a full-body massage every day. Start at the head and make sure to touch everywhere a dog groomer would. At the end of the massage, give treats for a job well done.

It’s Time for Grooming

If you’re dropping your dog off at the groomers and leaving, don’t draw it out. A quick pat on the head and a “See you soon!” will suffice. Your dog will sense that something is wrong if you look or act hesitant. Don’t worry – these dog groomers are professional. They know what they are doing. Once you come back to pick up your pooch, offer plenty of praise and treats for a job well done. You want your pup to connect a visit to the dog groomer as a positive experience.  But if you are uncomfortable leaving your pup, ask if you can stay. You can watch to see how the pros do it and pick up some tips in the process.

By following a few simple steps, you’ll have a calm, relaxed and clean dog that knows how to behave at the dog groomers. Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? If something works well for you and your dog, share your tips in the comment section below. Happy grooming!