Learning to Live With Pets

Get An Older Dog Prepared To Visit A Groomer For The First Time

Bringing your dog to a groomer for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if they're older and have never had professional grooming done. Whether you've just adopted an older dog that was neglected or taken care of all the grooming alone, there are many benefits of visiting an experienced groomer for everything from bathing to nail trims. 

If you're concerned about your dog behaving at the groomers, you should consider the following tips to make grooming an experience that you're much more comfortable with.

Start Brushing at Home 

An easy thing to do on your own when your dog needs to visit a groomer is to get them comfortable with brushing. By using a brush on different parts of their body, you can get your dog relaxed and make it easier for the groomer to eventually brush your dog for you. Trying out different brushes and looking into using them on parts of their body they're not accustomed to, such as their belly or chest, can make it easier for a groomer to do their job without aggression from your dog.

Test Their Boundaries

Along with brushing your dog in unfamiliar areas, it's wise to get your dog comfortable with other grooming services. Brushing your dog's teeth or trimming their nails can be a challenging task to do and especially so for a professional groomer. By handling this service on your own, you can make it a lot easier for the groomer to tackle these services once you've dropped them off.

By handling as many different services on your own, you'll avoid issues where your dog misbehaves at the groomers due to their discomfort.

Choose the Right Groomer

As you look into different groomers you can bring your dog to, it's important that the groomer you hire understands your dog is potentially nervous during the visit. Instead of encountering problems bringing your dog to a groomer for the first time, ensure that the groomer is aware that your dog may be nervous during the visit. By making it clear that your dog is nervous at a groomer, you can avoid misunderstandings and ensure that the groomers treat your dog with respect.

Taking care of grooming for your dog is so important as they get older since they may not be able to groom themselves as well as when they were young. Speaking to a groomer and tackling different ways to make your dog comfortable during their first visit can ensure that you won't run into any problems during your dog's first visit. 

Contact a local pet grooming service to learn more.