A lot of clients call to find out when is the right time to groom the new puppy.
Believe it or not, no puppy is too young to be groomed.
You want to start to brush your dog daily. Be gentle and keep grooming sessions short; five to 10 minutes will do. If your new pet resists handling, do not stop the grooming session. Continue brushing and tell your pet in a strong firm voice, "no bite."
Also it is very helpful to give young animals some kind of little chewy toy to distract them while being groomed.
While brushing, you should also handle the feet and ears. This will help later on when clipping nails and giving ear medications might be necessary.
Brushing your dog's teeth is something you need to start early on in your dog's life as well.
If you pet allows you do all of the above, please praise your pet a lot.
Once your pet is fully vaccinated, normally around 3monthsold, you want to contact a professional groomer.
The younger your pet the better for a gentle groomer to make the animal feel good about grooming all its' life.
Remember, patience and love will be very much appreciated by your new pet.
If you need any help introducing your new pet to grooming, please feel free to call.
Birgit Edler is the owner of Canine College in Juno Beach, which offers grooming, training and day care services for dogs and cats. Call (561) 626-0552 or e-mail Caninecollegefl@yahoo.com.