Regular grooming appointments are important for keeping your dog's coat shiny, their teeth clean, and their nails nicely trimmed.
But if it's your puppy's first appointment or your older dog has had a bad experience in the past, preparing for regular appointments can feel like a chore, and can be stressful for your dog.
If you're ready to learn how to properly prep your pup for their next grooming appointment, keep reading for a few tips.
Introduce Common Grooming Tools as Early as Possible
If it's your first dog grooming appointment or your pet has expressed agitation during grooming sessions in the past, one of the best things you can do to prepare them is to introduce common grooming tools as soon and as often as possible.
Start small. Brush your pup for a few minutes each day, and work your way up to longer and longer sessions. Have them sit still or stand in one place while you brush them.
For younger or active dogs, keeping them in one place may be a challenge. It may be best to put on their collar and leash, and tie the leash to a table or doorway to help keep them in one area while you brush them.
Other common grooming tools you could introduce your dog to include nail clippers, a spray bottle of water, and a hairdryer. Giving your dog a bath at home can also help them to be calmer during their grooming session.
Get Puppies Used to Strangers
For puppies preparing for their first pet grooming session, the biggest hurdle may be adjusting to being handled by strangers.
Before their first grooming appointment, try to introduce your pup to strangers in social settings. Take your pup to the park, to dog-friendly stores, or for a walk downtown. When people ask, let them say hello to your pup, while you encourage good behaviors, like not jumping or barking.
The early you begin to introduce your pup to strangers, the better. Some experts say that puppies are the most impressionable during their first 8 weeks of life. This means there is a short window to set your pup up for being a friendly people-lover.
Bring the Salon to Your Home
Taking your dog to a traditional grooming salon is a big mistake. Whether it's their first appointment or they've had a bad appointment in the past, the entire experience can be challenging.
Not only is your dog unfamiliar with the location and the people, but they'll likely also spend a few hours contained in a crate. Even if they are crate-trained at home, this can still be stressful for your pup.
Instead, have the groomer come to you! With a mobile grooming service, your pup doesn't even have to leave your home. Appointments are faster, with less downtime for your dog.
Preparing Your Dog for Their Grooming Appointment
Your dog's first grooming appointment can be stressful for both of you. But by preparing them ahead of time and opting for mobile grooming, you can give your pup the care he or she needs in a calm, relaxed environment.
If you're ready to book your dog's next appointment, click here to learn more about our grooming services.
Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is a woman owned and led Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon and the greater Boise Metro area in Idaho.