Choosing the right age to introduce your puppy to grooming is something that we get asked regularly at Noah’s Ark. Puppies should generally be introduced to professional grooming when they are about 10 to 12-weeks-old as long as they have had their first injections. Once they’re in the routine you’ll then want to bring them every four to eight weeks depending on their breed and grooming requirements.
In order to make your puppy’s first visit to our dog groomers as stress free as possible you’ll want to do a few things to prepare them for the experience. Here are some tips that will help them relax when they visit that you can practice at home:
- Ensure that your puppy is comfortable being held by gently touching all parts of his body especially around their feet, ears and face being touched as these are general areas that a puppy can have issues with grooming.
- You’ll want to make sure they’re comfortable being held by holding them yourself as much as possible.
- Introduce your puppy to a brush at a young age and show them there is nothing to be afraid of.
- Start slowly by gently brush them, building up the time spent brushing them each day. If they get stressed or over agitated stop brushing and always use plenty of tasty treats to praise them for allowing you to groom them.
We offer 2 free 15-minute sessions to any puppy under 6 months of age which will help them build a relationship with us and get used to all the equipment and noises in a professional salon before they require their first full groom. If you puppy is particularly nervous of grooming, we would recommend you carry these on and are chargeable at £5.50 for any future sessions. During these sessions we can also answer any questions you have with regards to grooming and maintaining your puppies coat.
What happens if my dog has never been groomed before?
If your dog is well into adulthood and you still haven’t introduced them to a grooming routine or taken them to a dog grooming salon then it’s never too late. Older dogs can still take to grooming at any age, but they may require a little more patience.
Our team at Noah’s Ark are experts at grooming dogs of all ages and temperaments. No matter how nervous your dog is, we aim to give them the best experience possible and hopefully leave them yearning for another visit.
We offer a free consultation where you can fetch your dog to us for us to discuss the grooming requirements and for us to meet your dog to see how they would be with the full grooming process. If your dog is nervous of grooming or any equipment we can offer some short 15-minute sessions just the same as with puppies to get them used to all the equipment and noises, these are chargeable at £5.50 per session
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