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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!

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