All dogs require grooming. Grooming is necessary for their health and makes them look great. In order for your dog to be professionally groomed they are required to go to a groomer. Getting groomed can be a scary experience for your dog so it is important they feel comfortable and safe. Building a happy and healthy relationship between your dog and their groomer is an essential part of their lives.
Finding A Groomer
To begin your dog’s journey through life it is good to find them a suitable groomer by the time they reach 4 months old. It is best to start getting your dog used to a groomer by the time they reach 4 months old so that they can get used to being handled for grooming. It is not good to wait till they are about 6 to 12 months old to begin that journey because at that point they have almost reached maturity and have already gotten accustomed to the life you made for them. So grooming for the first time can be more frightening and confusing for them if introduced to them too late.
Things To Consider
What To Expect
When going to the groomer there will be a meet and greet as well as paperwork to fill out. It is good to have vet vaccinations already faxed over or on hand when you arrive. Whether it is your dogs first time getting groomed or their first time at a new grooming establishment it is good for them to have a good impression on where they will be staying for a few hours.
Things that your dog may experience when taking them to be groomed:
Tips For A Great Grooming Experience
Expect yourself to be nervous and uncertain as well but try to be strong for your dog. They feed off your energy so if you are afraid they will be afraid.
If you are holding your dog in your arms upon arrival then let them be facing you as you hand them over to their groomer. This helps ensure that the exchange from you to their groomer is okay. Bring a snack, favorite toy or a shirt that has your scent. This helps them have a piece of home with them during their grooming stay. The grooming can take a few hours so it is okay to call and check in on their status.
After their groom it is important for you to perform grooming maintenance at home such as keeping your dog combed and brushed out to help insure their comfort during the professional grooming process. Make and keep each grooming appointment so that their coat is kept parasites and tangle free.
Part of having a successful relationship between their groomer and your dog is to always leave communication open. It is never the best idea to leave anything open to just assumption. Not knowing or sharing any and all possible information regarding your dogs groom needs can lead to unwanted or unexpected results.
Let their groomer know important things about your dog. For example:
With you and their groomer on the same page then if applicable you can pick up your dog and have had received what your wanted their groomer to do with little to no problems at all.
We all want a satisfying groom experience. Groomers want the same love that you and your dog share and you want your dog to be safe and happy.