Grooming a Dog Should Begin as a Puppy

Responsibilities of the pet parent of a loving ball of fur include beauty and care of the new canine. That task should begin the day you bring your new puppy home. Whether you adopted from a store, kennel, breeder or friend, your puppy should get its first bathe and brushing before settling into the new surroundings. Be sure the room and bath water are nice and warm. Use gentle puppy shampoo and a warm absorbent towel for the bath. Wash, rinse well and towel dry. Follow-up with a soft tipped brush. Your pup will feel refreshed and smell sparkling clean . . . at least for a day or two.

Oral care should begin just as quickly as a bath. Be gentle and process slowly to get your new pup used to a toothbrush and the toothpaste. Begin with the introductions of the doggy flavored toothpaste by putting it on your finger. Your puppy will learn to like the taste. After a few days, rub the paste on the teeth with your fingers. The last step will be to place the doggy toothpaste on a small toothbrush or finger brush and gently rub on a few teeth at a time. In a couple of weeks your puppy should be used to the brushing process. Give it time as this is an important responsibility for the well-being of your dog from puppyhood through adulthood.

Once your puppy is about three months of age, it is imperative to find a personal professional dog groomer such as myself. I have been grooming dogs nearly 30 years and find that many pet parents are not aware of the importance of bringing a dog in at an early age. Even if a whole grooming is not necessary, these are the formative years for your pet. Grooming shops involve sights and many sounds that can scare an unfamiliar dog. Young dogs learn the process gradually, the shampoo process, intensity and sound of the blow dryers, the rumble, vibration and sounds of the clippers. They understand what is expected of them to cooperate and let their groomer work with them in order to make them look and feel better. Most dogs strut around their homes after a grooming as if to say “look how beautiful (or handsome) I am!” 

Groomers do come with enough training to recognize some minor health issues in your pets. But with several groomers out there, choosing the right one can be very daunting. To help you out, you can visit this link. This will give you more reliable and helpful information. This is also a reliable website the offers quality content. When shampooing a dog, it is easy to detect some skin problems, ear problems and of course dental disorders. While on the grooming table these problems can become more apparent. A dog with bad breath and yellowing teeth signifies the onset of dental disease in your dog. While cleaning the ears, a distinctive odor and/or drainage indicates the presence of an ear infection. Any mass of skin and coat disorders are apparent while blow drying and brushing the dog. There may be evidence of flaky skin, sores, redness, lumps and bumps, irregularly falling clumps of hair and more that a pet parent may not notice unless they examine their dog. Pet parents are alerted of any findings during grooming.

Some problems can be helped during a regular grooming such as giving your dog a good dental brushing and a thorough ear plucking (if necessary) and ear cleaning. Special shampoos can help alleviate some skin disorders though most need veterinary attention. Minor irritations can be remedied with a cortisone cream or spray.

Dogs are not always comfortable while at the grooming shop, especially if they have not been used to the process since puppyhood. Some dogs, however, never get used to the whole ordeal and can show some aggressiveness while at the shop. A lightweight Velcro muzzle along with some treats for good behavior may be all that is necessary to work with a dog that is a little apprehensive about the grooming “nightmare”. Using a calm tone of voice through the whole process helps to gain the dog’s trust. Many times it is just a matter of having a good rapport with the dog and knowing the pet that is being groomed.

Grooming a dog is more than just a hair cut. It is a matter of being a hair stylist, vet tech and dog trainer all in one, caring for the dogs and loving them . . . having a real relationship with them.