A Guide to Dog Grooming

Despite what many people think, most dogs actually enjoy and appreciate a grooming experience. But it’s important to research more into the world of dog grooming, ensuring you know what to expect, as the owner, and that your dog is fully prepared to be treated to their doggy cut and blow dry.

Washed dog in a towel

What the dog owner can expect

It’s of the utmost importance that dog owners understand how to prepare for a dog grooming experience. From drawing up details of your dog’s vet, to prepping your dog properly before the big day, there are numerous things to consider:

  • Be prepared to provide vet’s details
  • You may be asked to bring in proof of any vaccinations your dog has had
  • Don’t draw out your goodbyes. You want to make the experience seem normal
  • Alert the groomer of any fears, idiosyncrasies or medical conditions your dog has
  • Prepare your dog a few weeks before hand

Tips to prepare your dog for professional grooming

All too often, people will bring their dog to a grooming parlour without properly preparing them beforehand. Whether your dog has been for a professional groom before or not, they will still need adequate preparation.

How to prepare your puppy for dog grooming

Teaching them to love their crates

It’s important your puppy is conditioned to crates as non-threatening to mitigate bad connotations in the future. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Put their favourite toy inside the crate, along with an item of your clothing
  • Let them wander in on their own
  • Once in, leave the door open for up to a minute
  • As the puppy starts getting used to it, slowly close the door
  • When fully closed, leave the puppy in their for one minute
  • Repeat this process regularly on the run up to the appointment, leaving the door closed a little longer each time

Handle them the way the groomer would

They must get used to being touched in a way they wouldn’t normally, you can do this is by:

  • Brushing your dog regularly
  • Running your hands up and down their legs (front and back)
  • Handling their ears, mouth and face
  • Wiggling their toenails
  • Holding their tail

Do all of these things gently and with the utmost care so as not to hurt or distress your dog.

How to prepare your adult dog for grooming

  • Spend time with your dog more regularly
  • Take them for a walk a few hours before the appointment
  • Introduce them to objects the groomer will use, including:

  • A brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair trimmers
  • Hair dryer
  • Water sprayer

How to prepare your rescue dog for grooming

  • Visit the groomers a few times on the run up to the appointment
  • Offer treats and relax with your dog while there
  • Ask for a sample of shampoo to get your dog used to the smell
  • Consider a muzzle, preferably a bucket muzzle so they can still pant and drink

Services that are available

Dog being washed

There are many dog grooming services available, including:

  • Simple brushing – perfect for puppies, small dogs, or those with shorter coats
  • Full bath and trim – ideal for larger, slightly more fluffy dogs
  • Coat and claw treatments – these can be performed on most dogs of any breed
  • Coat and claw maintenance – again, this would be suitable for most dogs

Pet care professionals are even able to identify signs of fleas, ticks and lice, as well as skin issues or lumps. If such things are found, they’ll be able to best advise you on what to do or how to treat the problem at home.  

Here at Jaycliffe Pets, we have numerous pet grooming services available, no matter what breed or age your cat or dog is. We’re committed to ensuring your pet has a pleasant experience with us every time. Your furry friend will find relaxation at the hands of our dedicated pet care professionals. To learn more about our pet grooming, day care or overnight boarding services, get in touch with us today – we’re always happy to help.