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Top 10 Strategies to Help Your New Puppy Adjust to Grooming

Updated: Apr 24

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is a joyful experience, but it also involves responsibilities, including grooming. While some puppies adapt to grooming easily, many need encouragement to become comfortable with the process.

To help your new furry friend adjust smoothly to grooming routines, here are ten useful tips:

1. Brush Regularly:

Begin by gently brushing your puppy regularly. Start with short sessions and gradually extend the time as they get more comfortable. Don't just brush their back; include the chest, belly, legs, head, tail, and muzzle area.

2. Handle Their Paws:

Regularly handling your puppy's paws helps them get used to nail trimming and paw grooming. Hold their feet gently and reward them with treats for positive reinforcement.

3. Hold Their Face:

Gently hold and stroke your puppy's face to help them get accustomed to having their muzzle and ears touched during grooming. This will prepare them for future grooming around their eyes and muzzle.

Take a look at their teeth and open their mouth as this will help when it comes time to medication time.

4. Lift Their Tail:

Occasionally lift your puppy's tail to help them get comfortable with having their rear end cleaned.

5. Stand on an Elevated Surface: Teach your puppy to stand on a raised surface, like a grooming table or bench, to familiarize them with being groomed at a comfortable height. This helps your groomer work safely and efficiently.

6. Schedule a Puppy Introduction Groom:

Many professional groomers offer sessions specifically for introducing puppies to grooming tools and procedures in a positive environment. Book several sessions between 12 and 18 weeks if your budget allows.

7. Practice Short Separations: Gradually get your puppy used to being separated from you for short periods, as grooming requires them to be apart from their favorite person. This also helps with your puppy’s overall adaptability.

8. Use Your Hairdryer on a Cool Setting:

Let your puppy experience the sound and feel of a hairdryer on a cool setting. Reward them with treats and praise for staying calm during the process.

9. Use a Spoon Around Their Eyes: This may sound unusual, but gently using a spoon around your puppy's eyes can simulate the sensation of scissors without any risk. This helps them adjust to the feeling before actual grooming.

10. Introduce Grooming Tools Gradually: Allow your puppy to explore grooming tools like brushes, combs, and clippers before using them. This helps ease any anxiety during grooming sessions.

Bonus Tip: Reward Positive Behavior: Always praise and reward your puppy for good behavior with treats, cuddles, and verbal encouragement. Positive reinforcement helps them associate grooming with enjoyable experiences.

By following these tips, you can help your puppy feel more comfortable and confident during grooming sessions, leading to a lifetime of stress-free grooming experiences.

A well-groomed puppy is a happy and healthy puppy!

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