When Should You Introduce a Puppy to Grooming?

How old were you when you got your first haircut? Unless someone told you, it’s likely you wouldn’t remember, since you were just a little kid, probably still in diapers at the time.

Grooming a Puppy Many people treat their dogs like their kids, and just like a parent takes a child to get their hair cut somewhere, it’s normal to take their pet dog to a groomer, even at a very young age.

With kids you never know how they’ll react to a stranger holding a scissors or electric shaver near their head. Dogs can get squirmy and nervous, too. Do your best to make their initial visit to the groomer a stress-free, pleasant experience.

So when should you introduce a puppy to grooming? At home, you can use gentle touch to get them used to people touching them. You can try gentle brushing/combing, too. Eventually, you’ll want to take your puppy to a professional groomer, and this is best done when your pet is 10 to 12-weeks-old. Another way to figure out the “right time” would be this: take them after they’ve had their second round of vaccines.

Dogs generally stay at home, so it’s an interesting day, to say the least, for both you and them when they’re going to go for a car ride to the local vet or groomer.

If you’ve never taken a dog to the groomer before, you’re probably wondering what happens there. First, the dog gets brushed, so any tangled hair is removed. Next, the groomer tends to the dog’s nails, ears and teeth as needed. After that, the dog usually gets a warm bath and then toweled off. Finally, it’s time for the haircut.

Puppies don’t have to go for a full body haircut on their initial visit. They may be scared of the sound the razor makes. Or they might be overwhelmed by the sights, smells and sounds of the salon. You can always ask the groomer to take it easy on your puppy for his or her first time, just giving a “face trim, feet trim and sanitary cut.” Think of this as the “easy-breezy” grooming style. A month later, the dog can be brought back for full body attention– and not as scared as before.

Eventually, going to the groomer becomes routine for both you and your pet. A lot of pet owners take their dogs for professional grooming once a month or so when they’re young.

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