Puppy's Visit to the Grooming Salon

What’s included in my puppy’s bath or trim?

  • A warm bath with a shampoo that not only cleans the fur but refreshes the skin. They’ll also receive a thorough ear cleaning, blow dry and brush out, nail trimming and light clipper work to remove excess hair from their pads and sanitary areas. If your puppy requires trimming around the face, you can choose to add a puppy trim for your puppy’s first haircut which includes all the above with the addition of a light face trimming.

When should I start grooming my puppy professionally?

  • The earlier the better! At PetSmart we begin grooming puppies at 8 weeks of age with the recommendation that they have at least 2-3 rounds of puppy shots to help keep them safe when in the salon with other dogs. o Getting your puppy started early is key to getting them used to the grooming process which makes it much easier on them and their Pet Stylist.

How often should I be getting my puppy groomed?

  • Routine is key to helping your pet enjoy their visit at the salon. Depending on your puppy’s breed, we recommend getting your puppy groomed every 6-8 weeks and requesting the same Pet Stylist every time. By doing this, you and your puppy will begin to build a relationship with your Pet Stylist who will come to understand all your pup’s quirks and preferences. It makes the experience safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
  • We also recommend visiting the salon between trims/baths to help your pup get used to all the sights and sounds. Stop in for a treat & greet with your Pet Stylist, or a quick touchup of the nails, brushing or trimming between visits. The more your pup visits the salon, the more comfortable they will be in it!

How can I get my puppy used to being groomed?

  • Touch your puppy frequently to get them used to what will happen during an actual grooming service. This will help desensitize them, making the process much easier and safer.
  • Top areas to handle are feet/nails, ears and face:
    • rub/hold their feet often
    • run the bottom of an electric toothbrush around their feet & face to help them get used to the feeling & sounds of clippers & nail grinders
    • practice holding their face still and rubbing a metal spoon near their eyes and ears to get them used to scissors
  • Do not use water as a punishment or deterrent from bad behavior. This will only cause them to connect water as something to stay away from and that will make bathing a stressful experience.

Is there anything I should do between salon visits?

  • Brush, brush, brush! No matter if you have a long-haired or short-haired pup, they all need brushing. Long-haired pups tend to mat very easily, especially as puppies when their fur is super fine and soft. Matting can be very painful for your puppy so frequent brushing is a must. Don’t forget to brush in those mat-prone areas behind the ears, on their backside and in the armpits. Talk to your Pet Stylist about what brush will be best for your puppy.
  • Short-haired dogs don’t seem like they need brushing, but they do! Just less often. It’s recommended you brush your short-haired pup weekly to help keep dead hair from clogging their pores and to keep their natural oils spread evenly throughout their coat to promote shine and healthy fur.

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