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Puppy Visits

Adding a new furry friend to the family can be an exciting, yet daunting time.  There are many firsts to experience with owing a new puppy, even if you’re a seasoned pet owner.

Here at Pamper Paws, we aim to take the stress out of your Puppy’s first visits to our grooming salon and doggy daycare. In this blog, we will share with you when is the best time to start their grooming journey, and what you can do at home as well.

Puppies are welcome to come into the salon for grooming once they have had at least 2 of their puppy vaccinations, and can join daycare once they have had all 3 puppy vaccinations. Your preferred vet can advise on the age your pup should be for each of these vaccinations.

Fluffy and long hair dogs need regular maintenance their entire life, to ensure their coat stays free of knots and debris. The recommended schedule for visiting a groomer is 4-10 weeks, depending on your dogs’ breed, grooming requirements, and amount of maintenance you can do at home between visits. Short hair breeds should also visit a salon regularly, particularly in their first 12 months, so they too can be comfortable in a grooming salon and build a relationship with their groomer.

Their first visit should occur soon after their 2nd vaccination, and we typically recommend our puppy tidy which consists of a warm bath, blow dry, nail clip, ear clean, and (if needed) a little tidy around their paws, eyes and sanitary region.  This helps them to learn about the grooming routine and start to build a relationship with their groomer.

For daycare, we recommend puppies start off with 1 or 2 half days a week. Puppies, just like young children, still need lots of nap time, and too much play and overstimulation can wear a puppy out and have a negative effect on their training and socialisation skills. We do take puppies out of group play for a lunchtime nap for those who require full day stays to suit around work schedules.

Whilst your pup in young, it is important to teach them about basic handling at home. When having quiet cuddles, make sure to run your fingers all over your pup’s face, around the nose and ears, down all legs, and each individual toe. This not only helps them feel more comfortable at the grooming salon, but also for routine check ups when at the vet clinic. Brushing and combing should occur every day, from the first week of bringing pup home, making sure to brush every part of your dog, including inside of the legs, belly, and under any collars or harnesses.

Encourage your dog to stand during your grooming sessions at home. “Stand” is a fantastic tool to teach your pup during basic obedience training. A dog who lays down for grooming makes it very difficult for both the dog and groomer, as the groomer has to keep stopping to get the dog to stand to be able to safely and adequately groom them.

So to wrap it up, the best ways to get your pup ready for a life of pampering and play –training, routine and repetition are the 3 things needed to ensure a happy puppy, start their grooming visits as early as possible, and keep their daycare visits short and sweet.

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