A puppy needs to be introduced to grooming early to make sure they become familiar with being handled. In the longer term, this eliminates the difficult and stressful experience of a dog being frightened or anxious when it’s time to visit a grooming salon. It is important that your pup has received ALL vaccinations before attending the salon.
The Murphy’s Paw Puppy Introduction Program has been designed to gently introduce your puppy to the sights, sounds and smells of a dog grooming salon. It is a gentle, three step program, designed to take the stress out of the grooming experience for your pup and create a life-long positive experience. You can start ten days after your pup’s final vaccination.
- Visit 1: Your puppy will receive a bath, full brush out and a nail clip. In addition, an eye trim, hygiene clip or bottom trim may be done to introduce a puppy to being groomed. This is recommended for puppies to 3-4 months
- Visit 2: During this visit, your puppy will receive a bath and tidy up of the face, feet and hygiene area. Nails will be trimmed, too. It is suggest that this occur within 2-4 weeks of Visit 1 and is recommended for puppies around 4 months old
- Visit 3: Now it is time for a full groom. This includes the bath and full style clip. This stage should take place within 4-6 weeks of Visit 2 and is recommended for puppies from 6 months old
A tip to owners: Your puppy grooming programs starts at home – handling your puppy is the first step to the familiarisation program and a wonderful means of forming close relationships while giving positive reinforcements.
You should take every opportunity to brush or comb your pup, regularly play with their paws, ears and tail.