For those of you who may have recently acquired a puppy or maybe thinking of getting one in the spring, here are a few helpful tips on how to get them ready to be professionally groomed for the rest of their lives.
Let’s say for example that you are now the proud owner of one of these adorable little “Doodle” type mixes. The first thing that you should know is that this little puppy will definitely require a good amount grooming.
As a professional groomer I have groomed puppies as young as 12 weeks of age. However I like to keep it simple and very basic for one so young, after all this should only be an introduction to the world of grooming. Puppies coming to me for the first time or as I like to call it “Baby’s First Grooming”. I simply start out by getting the puppy used to being handled by someone new, getting them used to all the new smells, sights, and sounds. I want this to be a positive experience.
So to keep it simple I will start by cleaning the puppy’s ears, cutting its tiny nails and brushing out the coat. If I notice the puppy is a bit hesitant or unsure I like to give them a bit of a break and then continue slowly. Then they are ready for the bath in a tearless puppy shampoo and blowdry.
Once they are completely dry I will only finish by removing the hair necessary, which means I will usually only trim the hair in between the eyes and feet.
I like to keep the puppy looking natural the way its meant to look for at least the first 6 to 8 months of its puppy hood.
When they are adults we can give them a more age or breed appropriate look. Although a lot of people love the puppy look and most will keep the “puppy cut” for the rest of there adult lives.
So whether your new addition is a little ball of fluff or one who will grow into a big baby who wont fit in your tub, getting them used to grooming at a young age is beneficial. Not to mention you will love how they look and smell! Which means more cuddle time!
Your Friendly Groomer,