Preparing your Puppy for Grooming
Grooming is vital for appearance, skin and coat health, and even general canine health. When you bring a new puppy into your life, preparing for grooming is an important aspect of socialisation, and will make future grooming and even veterinary visits more straightforward. Ultimately, however, a well handled puppy makes for a well socialised dog. Here are our tips for preparing your puppy for grooming.
- Brush your puppy regularly. Firstly, research the brushing needs of your puppy’s breed, and select the appropriate brush type. Try to find a brush that has a soft cushion and rounded pins, as this will be more comfortable on sensitive puppy skin. Start brushing slowly and gently, allowing the puppy to get used to the feel and touch of the brush. You might only get to groom for a few minutes or so at first, but eventually your puppy will get used to, and may even start to enjoy the experience.
- Handle your puppy’s paws. Canine paws can be very sensitive, and often they do not like them being touched. However, paws need to be handled for health and grooming purposes – trimming nails and the hair between pads for example. Slowly try to desensitise your puppy by gently massaging his paws whenever you brush or even pet you puppy. Start off slowly and offer plenty of praise and treats as necessary.
- Handle your dog’s face and ears. Lift your puppy’s ears, and gently open your dog’s mouth and examine his teeth regularly. Introduce a toothbrush and canine toothpaste after a few weeks.
- Introduce your puppy to bathing. Even if your puppy does not need a bath, it is a good idea to acclimatise him to the process, as all dogs need bathing occasionally. Bathe your puppy in just a few inches of warm water, using Groomers Puppy Shampoo, which helps to encourage a healthy coat in the early stages of life. Rinse and dry the coat thoroughly, and keep your puppy warm and indoors until the coat is fully dry.
Puppy coats are usually softer, fluffier and shorter than adult coats, however, puppies, like adult dogs, have different needs according to breed. If you are unsure or concerned over the needs of your puppy’s coat type, consult a professional groomer, and perhaps book your dog in for an introductory grooming session.