Grooming can be stressful for a fur-baby. Here are a few tips to help lessen that stress and make your pups trip to the groomer more fun!

1. Prepare Your Dog Early

One of the most common things we see in grooming are dogs that hate their paws being touched, for nail trimming and paw hair trimming. That’s why it’s crucial to start getting your pet used to having those paws touched as early as possible.

The best time to start is when your dog is just a puppy and start by just petting the paw and praising the pup for not reacting in a negative way. The key is to make sure your pet is comfortable with the touch.

2. Start Grooming Early

Sometimes the grooming experience can be somewhat traumatic at first. Fortunately, puppies are much more adaptable. Bonus for starting grooming early: The fur is less likely to get matted.

Don’t fall prey to the thought that your puppy doesn’t need a haircut. Just take him for an “introductory” appointment, and everyone will be happier for it!

3. Brush Regularly

When thinking about your dog’s fur, you should compare it to your own hair. You brush your hair every day, and if you don’t it becomes knotty. The same is true of your dog’s fur. Although you don’t have to brush it daily, you should do so at least every few days to prevent knots and make the grooming experience easier.When the dog gets knots or matting, it is very painful to comb them out. In most instances, we end up having to shave the mats out. This is why it's best to try and prevent the mats from happening! 

4. Check Feet and Ears

Keep an eye on the feet (including nails) and ears. Remember that debris can sometimes stick to these places and can be uncomfortable for pets.If the nails become too long, they can end up curling back into the paw pads causing extreme pain.

5. Keep Calm and Carry On

Your groomer would really like it if you could try to stay calm when you drop your pooch off. Remember that the dog will pick up on any of your anxiety, and that will make him scared and more likely to squirm!

6. Be Specific and don't be afraid to tell us we did something wrong! 

Groomers work with a lot of dogs all day long, and each client wants a slightly different thing. So be as specific as possible with your groomer. If you just want the nails trimmed and the fur trimmed a little, then say so. If you want something more specific, try bringing in a picture to show the groomer.You can find lots of photo's of haircuts on google.

A lot of people have a picture in their head of what they want their dog to look like, but it's difficult to explain. Sometimes it takes a groomer a few tries to get that haircut just right.. please don't be afraid to tell us you want something done differently, we are here to make your fur baby look and feel its best!!