They need to feel comfortable and safe as their dog groomer will be seeing them on a regular basis throughout their life.
Dog groomers have to get ‘up close and personal’ during the dog grooming session. As they will be bathing, drying, brushing, combing, clipping, scissoring and trimming the nails of your dog.
Dog groomers also carry out general health checks. This includes feeling and also keeping an eye out for any lumps, bumps or any other causes of concern.
“But my dog hates going..I have to drag them in”
I’m sure you’ve all had that moment when you’re taking your dog for their pamper and they ‘put the brakes on’ as soon as they realise where they are going.! Yeah, i thought that might sound familiar 😁
Make sure you also have a good relationship with your dog groomer and they will be able to let you know and keep you updated on your dogs behaviour during their grooming session.
At Top Dogs Grooming which is based in the same premises, we occasionally see this happening.
The easiest thing I do to put the owners mind at ease, is grab my phone and video the dogs.
This could be from the moment they are left, during any of the dog grooming process or even to show the dog is running around like a looney and giving kisses 🐶
It’s a huge relief to owners to see there furry friend is happy and content.
How can I ensure my dog is happy with grooming?
Dogs that need regular grooming should be introduced when they are a puppy. Most dog groomers will offer puppy introductions to introduce them to the process slowly.
Puppies have a socialisation period where they learn and accept all the sights and sounds of life. This period is from about 3 weeks to 3 months of age.
At around 6 months of age, dogs have short periods of neophobia which is a fear of new things. This is why it is extremely important for dogs to meet and bond with a dog groomer early on.
9/10 dogs are great but the odd dog could be unsure or display signs of stress with certain aspects of the grooming process.
This is why it’s important for your groomer to discuss these behaviours with you so you can work together to help build their confidence with the whole grooming process.