Your pet should be introduced to grooming when they are approximately 12 weeks old. Your pet should be comfortable being touched. Play with his paws daily, this will make nail trimming easier for him. I like to keep a new client for at least 2 hours, this allows me to get to know your pet and slowly introduce grooming to him. It is important that your pet not be rushed through the grooming, he will be experiencing new things at a comfortable pace. Your pet will be bathed and dried by hand with a no-heat blow dryer, (we don't use any cage dryers), then he will be combed and brushed and styled. His nails will be trimmed and ears cleaned. He will get lots of kisses, hugs and praise. I will call you when your pet is ready to go home, please don't come back early, if your pet sees you or hears you, he will be so excited it may be impossible to finish the grooming. He will smell nice and fresh when you pick him up and he will greet you with lots of kisses.
Give him lots of praise and tell him how pretty he is... believe me they know when they look good.
The most important accomplishment of your pet's first grooming is that he likes it. His first experience will remain with him forever.
Brushing your Pet
Brushing is essential to a healthy, glowing coat. It eliminates mats and tangles, removes dead hair and distributes the natural oils, producing healthy skin. A Quality Comb and Brush is key to Success. We sell quality combs and slicker brushes at our shop, I suggest you buy both. You will need the comb to reach down to your pets' skin and help prevent matting, a slicker brush is good to have for a quick brushing to "freshen up" a look and/or used in combination with the comb.
BE PATIENT with your dog. Praise him for Good Behavior. If he starts to growl, snap, or misbehave, look him in the eye and say a firm "NO". Have a serious attitude, don't let your pet, twist and play he needs to learn this not play time. Don't give up... If you give up your pet wins...
To begin brushing... put your pet's head in your hand , begin combing the whiskers, ears and head gently and thoroughly, take extra time working through any tangles or mats, do not pull hair, this will hurt your pet, simply comb through the tangle, one section at a time, trying not to pull. Move to the legs, alternating between the comb and brush so you can locate any little tangles and prevent them from turning into large mats. Continue combing your pet until you have covered his entire body, work in small sections and work down to the skin, (this is where most mats start). REMEMBER. BE PATIENT & PRAISE GOOD BEHAVIOR . Don't forget the inner thighs and his nice fluffy tail.
When you have finished, give your pet a big hug and kiss and tell him GOOD JOB!
If you find you just don't have the time to brush your pet, more frequent grooming is recommended to prevent matting and tangles. Please don't let your pet suffer with mats and tangles, this can cause discomfort and can lead to major skin irritations and infections. Severe matting may result in a very short haircut at his next grooming. This is a time consuming task, it is much more involved than a routine grooming. It is difficult and delicate work to remove the mating inch by inch from your pet. Your pet may feel different after his matted coat is removed, he may feel itchy or he may have irritated and sore skin. Don't let anyone make fun of him with his new "short" haircut. Going from being encased in hair to almost no hair can be traumatic for your pet. GIVE HIM LOTS OF HUGS AND KISSES AND TELL HIM HE IS BEAUTIFUL !
How Often Should my Pet be Groomed?
The duration of time between professional groomings can vary greatly between dogs of the same breed. Coat condition, hair type, density and climate are just some of the variables. A lot depends on how much home grooming you are willing to offer your pet. Here are some suggested guidelines... if you don't brush and comb your pet regularly, choose the earlier time frame.