Preparing your puppy for it's first grooming....

Early grooming is very important, you can prepare your puppy by starting off with the basics. Gently touch him all over everyday, especially his ears, legs and paws. When they become comfortable you can move on to brushing and combing their coat. Make it your special time together by scheduling a brushing everyday. Reward and praise your puppy with treats.

Puppies should be introduced to professional grooming when they are about 4 months of age. Short visits to the groomer before making an appointment will allow your puppy to associate the salon as a happy place. Getting your puppy familiar with the sounds of the blow dryer and clippers can help make things a little less scary. Always remember New York State requires that all pets must be up to date with their Rabies vaccination before any grooming can take place. 

Its very important that the groomer gains the puppy's trust. The first couple of groomings may take a while because the groomer has to make him feel comfortable. Being gentle will allow the puppy to enjoy the whole grooming experience. Once the grooming is done you will be called to return and pick up your puppy. Do Not come back early. If your puppy sees or hears your voice he will become too excited and it will be impossible to finish grooming.

Your puppy's first grooming experience should be positive. This is something that will remain with him forever <3