New Puppy?

DO you have a new puppy?!? 

That is SOOO exciting and we cannot wait to get the chance to meet your new bundle of joy!

We created this page on our website just to help you out a little in getting through the grooming side of things. Of course your stylist can answer any questions you may have in relation to grooming but rather than waiting until we are are your front door... we thought it might be helpful to give you some information upfront.

A puppy's first pet grooming session is a most momentous occasion, similar to when a human kid gets their first haircut.The initial approach can have a lifelong effect on a pup, be it positive or negative.
So here are some important tips for dealing with the little tykes, for the benefit of all involved.
Preparing Puppies for their First Grooming Encounter
The more socialized and used to being handled a puppy is the better.During the first grooming session, the main idea is to familiarize puppies with the process.
As mentioned previously (and this cannot be overemphasized) a pup's initial experiences with the grooming process can set the stage for how he responds to being groomed for the rest of his life. So it's important to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
If you are a new puppy parent we strongly encourage you go through the following steps. This will prepare your new pup to be handled in ways they might not be used to:

  • regularly tickle their paws (including between their toes),
  • make sure you tickle those ears and 
  • don't forget those tushies...
Although the above tips may sound silly these are some of the areas your new puppy's stylist will be working on and it will make a tremendous difference to their first experience. If your puppy tends to chew your hand when you hold their paws, your puppy will also tend to chew at the stylist's hands. This is not so bad but when you add clippers and shears it becomes an unsafe behavior. Henceforth, getting them used to being handled and touched in these areas make for a safer and more relaxed first grooming.
 The First Visit
On the big day, when we first bring your puppy into the the mobile salon, starting slowly is key. When you call to make your first appointment we highly recommend starting with our  Fear Less Service, then graduate to our Bath and Tidy service and on from there. We recommend this because the first session should be an abbreviated session, to avoid stressing the pups out and enabling them to get used to being handled by a groomer. Plus, bear in mind that pups may be frightened when they are first exposed to alien devices and tools such as clippers, dryers, and grooming tables- all things they may have never seen before. We want to make sure your pup gets used to these items for future grooming needs without over staying our welcome as we like to put it. 

Getting Started
Many puppy parents make the mistake of waiting until their pups are 6 months of age or older before taking them for grooming. The general rule of thumb is grooming should be introduced at 16 weeks, as younger pups are easier to train. They should also have had all of their shots before being groomed for the first time.
Furthermore, the groomer's visits initially should be kept short and sweet, as previously mentioned.
Starting slowly will enable a groomer to build up to a full groom and other more elaborate services.
It usually takes at least a few sessions for a pup to become totally acclimated to, and comfortable with, the grooming process. But if approached the right way, this can enable a pet groomer to establish a lifelong happy relationship with their new pooch client, which will ensure their long-term health and happiness.

Puppy's Grooming Needs:


In the past, the generally accepted advice was that frequent bathing of your pet would damage the coat. It was not until recently that the make-up and function of dogs' hair coats has been understood. Biochemically, the skin and hair of the normal puppy is very similar to that of a human. Both human and puppy skin and hair are comprised of protein with oil as a lubricant. Modern shampoos designed for dogs of all ages and coat types enable the owner to bath or have their pet bathed as often as desired, in some cases, daily. The average puppy probably commands a bath at least weekly. This not only helps control odor by removing excessive dander, oil, and bacteria, but also is hygienic in helping to prevent dirt-related skin infections. We do offer a  Maintenance Discount under our maintenance program. Please see our coupons tab for more information.


Brushing the hair coat of young pups will feel just as good to them as it does to older dogs. It has similar effects on puppies in that it cleans the coat, removes loose hair, and stimulates the oil glands of the skin. At this age, the puppy will see the brushing as just another form of petting. Get them used to it now so they will let you do the same when they are adults.

Nail Trimming

Puppies should have their nails trimmed if this was not done by the previous owner. Puppy nails have tiny sharp points and these can easily scratch you, the children, or your furniture. After this initial trimming, puppies are usually active enough to keep them worn down for four to six weeks.

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