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Pet Health Tips & News

Welcome to our tips and news for everything to do with our beloved pets. Here you will find articles, news and events on pet grooming for dogs and cats, questions and answers on animal topics and general animal health. Subscribe to our pet news at the bottom of this page to keep up to date with Lara's Shear N Shed and the community.

When should I have my puppy groomed?

The sooner you book your new puppy in for professional dog grooming and clipping appointment the easier and less stressful the first time will be.  The critical learning period for your pup is between 8 - 16 weeks of age where most of their experiences within that time frame become a learned habit. We provide puppy grooms for dogs after their 12 week vaccination.  

It will be in both of our best interests that your new puppy is exposed to the gradual process of grooming early on and realises that it is an enjoyable experience. This way they will be happy to be groomed for the rest of their life.

Some dogs that have their very first grooming experience after 6 months of age can become very anxious and nervous during the grooming process and in some cases can be very hard to manage.

During your pup’s critical learning period it is a great idea to expose them not only to the grooming process, but to as many different and positive situations as possible.  Once your puppy has learnt grooming is a part of their daily routine, it is important to continue with regular visits to us to groom them.

Booking an appointment every 4-8 weeks is ideal to ensure your dog’s coat remains clean, matt free and manageable for you to continue your in between brushing routine at home.

Here are some of our tips for your pup to have the best grooming experience:

  1. Let your puppy get familiar with items being around them – this helps prepares them for scissors and clippers.

  2. Touch and play with their paws so to prepares them for nail clipping and foot tidies.

  3. Brush your dog’s coat allowing the coat to stay knot and tangle free.

  4. If your puppy has long hair, hold the hair under the chin as this prepares them for trimming around their face.

  5. Touch and play with their ears

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