A River Paws Dog Grooming Sun Prairie client asked:

“What things could I do before/after the grooming appointment?”

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Dog Grooming Sun Prairie – When you make a grooming appointment for your dog, there are a few additional things you can do to help make the experience more pleasant for both you and your dog.

Before the grooming appointment:

– Grooming can be a stressful experience for some dogs, so it’s important to get them used to the idea of being groomed ahead of time. You can start by simply brushing your dog’s fur regularly. This will not only help them get used to being touched in different ways, but it will also help keep their fur healthy and free of tangles.

– It’s often best to start grooming your dog regularly at a young age so they become accustomed to the process. If this is their first groom you can get your dog used to the sound of grooming tools before their appointment. Turn on the clippers or a nonheated blow dryer ahead of time and let them sniff and investigate the equipment. This will help reduce any fear or anxiety they may have about the grooming process.

Pre-Grooming Preparation

  • Exercise Your Dog: A good walk or play session before the appointment can help your dog feel more relaxed and burn off excess energy.
  • Bathroom Break: Ensure your dog has gone to the bathroom to avoid accidents during the grooming session.
  • Brush Your Dog: Light brushing can help remove loose fur and detangle minor knots, making the groomer’s job easier.
  • Check Your Dog’s Coat: Make sure your dog is clean and free of fleas and ticks before the appointment.
  • Communicate: Inform the groomer of any special instructions or concerns you have about your dog’s grooming. If your dog is nervous or anxious, be sure to let the groomer know so that they can take extra care to make the experience as positive as possible.

After the grooming appointment:

– Give your dog plenty of praise and treats for being a good sport during the grooming process. This positive reinforcement will help them associate grooming with something pleasurable, making it more likely that they’ll cooperate.

– Keep an eye on your dog for any signs of discomfort or irritation.

– Brush your dog’s coat regularly to keep it tangle-free and maintain the groomer’s work.

– Brush your dog’s coat regularly to keep it tangle-free and maintain the groomer’s work.

– If your dog has been clipped, keep them warm, especially if the weather is cold so that they can stay comfortable

– If your dog seems uncomfortable or unwell after the grooming, contact the groomer or your vet immediately

Post-Grooming Actions

  • Inspect the Groom: Check your dog’s coat, nails, ears, and teeth to ensure you’re satisfied with the groomer’s work.
  • Comfort Your Dog: Some dogs might feel stressed or excited after grooming; offering comfort and calmness is key.
  • Hydration and Rest: Allow your dog to drink water and rest, especially if the grooming session was lengthy.
  • Post-Grooming Check: Monitor your dog for any signs of stress or discomfort following grooming. Look out for itching, rubbing, or any unusual behavior that might indicate a problem.
  • Schedule the Next Appointment: Regular grooming is essential for maintaining your dog’s health and well-being. Scheduling the next appointment in advance can help keep your dog’s coat in good condition.
  • Feedback to the Groomer: If you have any feedback or specific likes/dislikes about the grooming, communicate this to the groomer for future appointments.