October 1, 2021
Four of the six most popular dog breeds in 2020 require regular professional grooming. While some dogs can be fine with a quick brush and nail trim, breeds like golden retrievers and poodles need to see a professional in order to be shed out, bathed, and trimmed for them to stay clean and healthy. However, it can be really concerning for a dog who has never had his feet touched to suddenly be put onto a table and have his toes trimmed with clippers. This is why it is vital to desensitize your dog to these situations. It’s easiest to start with a new puppy because, like children, they have the most open minds. Playing with toes, trimming nails, brushing teeth, and using clippers near them will help them visit the groomer and say, “Oh, been there done that. Who cares about grooming?” This will make your life, your dog’s life, and your groomer’s life so much easier. Another great thing to do if you start with a puppy is to do puppy visits with your groomer. Many groomers will have this available because they want your pup to succeed in grooming as much as you do. These visits include baths, drying, and basic trims. Even if you don’t think your pup needs to be professionally groomed this soon, it’s best to start as soon as possible. The way your puppy views grooming for the rest of his life is determined by the way he is prepared for it, and visits when he is a puppy make the transition that much easier.