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How to Groom Your Puppy For the First Time

By April 17, 2017January 20th, 2018No Comments

Grooming Your Puppy for the First Time

Any new pet owner will know that grooming a puppy for the first time can be an interesting experience. Depending on the age of your new dog you may face a number of challenges when it comes to grooming. These obstacles can range from introducing them to a new environment if you intend on getting your dog professionally groomed to getting them to sit still for long enough to carry out the treatment.

All dogs react differently to being groomed, puppy’s with a naturally calm nature may cause no fuss whatsoever while others will do all they can to prevent you from even the smallest of tasks. To help you overcome the difficulties attached to grooming a puppy we offer three key pieces of advice can hopefully make the process a much more enjoyable experience for all involved.

Help Your Puppy Become More Social

Now this piece of advice isn’t strictly related just to grooming but can have a huge benefit on the overall happiness of your puppy and their nature.

By helping your puppy become more socialible by regularly introducing them to new environments from an early age you will help them to come in to contact with new dogs and surroundings all the time. This will help them remain calm when heading off to the groomers and unfazed by new experiences.

Improve Concentration

Now this can be one of the hardest areas to train your puppy in but any way in which you can improve their concentration will be a massive help when it comes to grooming. If you’re able to get your puppy to sit obediently for long lengths at a time then grooming and treating your dog becomes far more straightforward.

This of course takes some work and it is important that you carry out the correct training to allow you to teach your puppy effectively and if done right this can have a number of benefits.


Now this is probably the most important piece of advice when it comes to preparing your puppy for grooming. There are a number of different types of grooming, from the trimming of your dog’s nails to brushing their coat and one of the best things you can do as a new owner is to familiarize your pet with each stage of the process.

This can be done in a number of ways but the easiest way to do so is to slowly introduce your puppy to the tools and procedure that each grooming task consists off, including the loud noises that may accompany drying or trimming your dog. By having practice runs you can be sure that when it comes to properly grooming your puppy for the first time they will remain far calmer and relaxed having become familiar with the process already.

One last tip that doesn’t apply directly to your puppy but instead to you as owner is to have patience. Now of course this goes without saying for any new dog owner, things take time and it can often be a long process having to train your puppy and get through some tough stage. Ensuring you have patience in your pet will mean they will continue to feel at ease and with time will be as happy being groomed as they are out on a long walk.

Brush your dog out first (esp if they have long hair).

The number one thing we see with matted dogs here is with owners who simply just did not know to brush their dog BEFORE the bath.  This helps prevent matting from getting worse and also prevents matts from forming from the bath itself.  It always helps to have great at home grooming tools to assist with the process as some owner spends upwards of 30-60 mins brushing their dog a day.

This article was submitted by guest blogger Jenny Nolan of Cleaner Paws.  Jenny Nolan enjoys caring for her lovable dog as well as long walks and chilled Weekends. As a professional pet groomer she contributes to her family run blog Cleaner Paws.  To be a guest blogger, please submit your request to

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