At The Hound Ville, we love puppies! We often get asked lots of questions by clients on how to get their new addition comfortable with being groomed.
Bringing your puppy to the groomers for the first time can be anxious for both you and your dog. When you first get a puppy, there's lots to think about. From toilet training to obedience, we often don't prioritise desensitising them to grooming environments. We've put together a few tips to achieve a happier puppy during grooming.
When at the groomers, your puppy will need to be comfortable being touched - especially on their legs, ears, tail & head. Practice gently holding your dogs head still, offering a reward when they are more still. Most dogs don't enjoy their legs being touched, but if you practice handling & brushing their feet from a young age, their stress will be alleviated.
Brushing your pup daily from a young age is a perfect way to get them used to the sensation. Don't just go ahead and brush your dog. Start off slow by introducing the brush to your puppy, then offer rewards when they interact/touch the brush. You want them to know that brushing equals happy things! Once they are comfortable being around the brush, start by gently brushing their back (keep offering rewards!), then working your way to more sensitive areas such as the legs and head.
Sit & Stand
The sit and stand behaviour is essential during grooming. To teach a 'stand', ask them to do a sit, hold a reward in front of their face and slowly move it away until they stand back up. Mark this with the command and reward. Repeat this process!
Dryers & Noises
A lot of dogs aren't a huge fan of dryers! A great way for them to see a dryer as a reward is to use a hair dryer, whilst putting rewards on the floor. This will help them think the hair dryer is a fun treat dispenser! You can also use the vacuum cleaner at a distance, so they can become used to a similar noise.
Introducing your puppy to water is essential. Puppies do not need bathing often, but it's a good idea to introduce your dog to a bath from an early age. Make sure you're gentle and use a shampoo that's suitable for sensitive skin. If you're unsure, then feel free to ask one of our team!
When your puppy comes to us for the first time, it's important to make sure they are learning to be away from you. Start building the foundations by ensuring your puppy has time on their own, is introduced to new people, neutrally behaved dogs, noises & textures.
Have a question about preparing your puppy for grooming? Get in touch for a free consultation. We offering puppy grooming from 12 weeks of age.