Getting your dog groomed is an important part of their well-being, but it can often be a stressful experience for them. We know you want your dog to be as happy as possible, so there are several things you can do at home to help make this scary experience a little easier. Follow these guidelines and going to the groomer can become a breeze – or even fun!
Start the grooming process when your dog is still a puppy, if possible. This will get them used to it at an early age. Puppies are more adaptable, so it won’t be such a big change. It is also a good idea to keep them going to the groomer on a regular basis. Stick to the same routine and make sure to give them lots of love afterward to make it a normal and fun part of their life.
Taking good care of your dog’s coat will make the grooming process much smoother and easier for everyone. Brushing them at least a couple of times a week will help prevent any matting of their fur which is difficult to get out and can cause pain. Bathing them regularly is also a great way to keep their coat clean and easy to groom. Of course, regular bathing varies depending on the type of dog you have and their fur, so do some research first on how often your dog should be bathed.
Practice At Home
There are lots of scary things going on at the groomers – noisy trimmers, other dogs barking, strangers touching their paws and face, etc. It might help to get your dog used to some of these things at home first. You can massage their paws and in between their fingers regularly so they are used to the sensation. Try using a vibrating toothbrush or other buzzing objects around them, and softly rub their chin and near their eyes. Always be gentle and give lots of treats and praise!
We know that you are worried about leaving your pet, but it is very important that you stay calm while dropping them off. Dogs are very good at picking up on our emotions, and if you act stressed out, they will too. A quick kiss and a “see you soon!” will make the drop-off much smoother. You can also let your groomer know a little about your dog’s likes, dislikes, or personality – anything that will help them keep your dog calm and happy. You may even want to bring them to the groomer for a meet and greet visit first so they can get to know the groomer as well.
Hopefully, with these tips, your grooming experience will become worry-free for you and your fur baby.
If you are ready to make a grooming appointment, contact us at Pawsh Dog House and we will make sure you and your dog have a great experience!