Grooming your dog is a necessary step in preserving their health and appearance. According to most vets, the younger you begin a grooming regimen and the more frequent the visit to the groomer, the better.
Once you start them at a younger age, they’ll be more comfortable going to the groomer as they get older. You won’t have to worry about any out of the ordinary trips to the groomer that might scare them.
Why You Should Groom Them Starting as a Puppy
Grooming young will prepare your puppy for the close contact that is involved in the grooming process. They will learn that cutting, brushing, and trimming are not harmful or scary in their eyes. Once the grooming is over, be sure to reward your puppy with a new treat.
When grooming is performed at a younger age for your puppy, it helps to ease the puppy’s fear of a new environment and new people. Just as with babies, the more they’re exposed, the better they will adapt and handle the situation.
They Get Used to Appointments
At the age of 8 to 10 weeks, you are establishing your puppy’s positive feelings about the grooming process. From then on, your puppy will be much more able to tolerate the handling of their body by others, especially at the vet’s office.
Grooming in the early life stages provides a head start with checking for abnormalities. Most people think tumors and benign growths only appear at an older age, but that isn’t always the case. While groomers are not licensed animal doctors, their thorough examination while grooming can detect some problems.
While you do want to start at a younger age, you should never force grooming on your puppy, especially if they’re distressed or frightened. Grooming is not just about maintaining their appearances, it’s about maintaining physical health. If your puppy is resisting grooming, speak to your vet. For professional grooming and dog care, contact D’Tails Grooming at 706-731-0089 today or visit us online for more information!