Preparing Your Pooch For His First Dog Groomer Visit
Your dog 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.
Research the Dog Groomer
How well do you know this dog groomer? Can others recommend one they use? Drop by the groomers without your dog to check it out. Is it relatively clean and orderly? Is the person in charge willing to take you on a tour and walk you through the process? Ask if they are prepared to handle any special needs your dog may have. Be upfront and honest – if your dog is fearful or aggressive, tell the dog groomer what to expect. If they can’t handle your dog’s needs, it’s better to find one that is equipped for special needs dogs. And don’t be afraid to ask for references if you are still unsure. A reputable dog groomer will have no problems providing you with all the information you need. Remember, they love dogs, too!
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!
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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