It’s important to socialize your pup so he/she learns how to behave with other dogs and people. Here at The Paw Spa we have a cage free environment, so socializing is all part of their visit with us.
You can help your pup enjoy their experience by preparing them for the noise and being brushed and handled. Here are some activities to slowly introduce to your pup, ensuring he/she is praised and rewarded with little treats for each achievement. It’s good for a pup to associate good things with what happens at a groomers.
Why not bring your pup in a couple of times for a brief visit, prior to any appointment. We love to meet client’s new pups, and he/she can associate coming here with getting cuddles and praise.
At home you can do the following, remembering to take it slow, and keep each session short. Food and praise are great distractions, but don’t turn it into an exciting game as this encourages the pup to jump around, and to try to bite the object or your hand.
Brush your pup and get him used to being handled from his tail to his head
Hold each paw and spread out the feet, handling each nail. Keep rewarding until they are happy to give you their paw. This will help when their nails are to be trimmed.
Stand your pup in an empty bath and distract your pup with a treat that takes time to lick or eat, whilst you slowly add some water. Keep it shallow, and if calm, begin to add more water (watch the temperature). Try pouring some water over their back.
Slowly introduce your hair-dryer to the pup. Lay the dryer(switched off) on the floor then switch it on whilst the pup is in the room but not close. Gradually move it closer to the pup in stages; the pup should be calm before progressing. Eventually blow the dryer over the pup’s coat.
If you intend to have your pup’s coat fully trimmed then slowly introduce your electric shaver or something similar, in the same way as you do with the hair-dryer. When the pup is ready, run the handle of the shaver over their coat to get them accustomed to the vibration.
By taking the time to condition your pup to the new environment of a groomers, helps avoid stress for both you and your pet.