A River Paws Dog Grooming Sun Prairie client asked:

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

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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.

– Make sure your dog is clean and free of fleas and ticks before the appointment.

– 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