Some breeds of dog require regular clipping in order to keep their coats manageable and in good condition. Your local mobile dog grooming company, such as Foxy's Mobile Dog Washing & Grooming Service, will be suitably experienced and proficient in the art of canine coiffeur, but if your dog has never been clipped before, there's some preparation you can do to make his first haircut a safe and happy one. Read on to find out more.
Before you begin
If your dog has never been clipped before, he'll probably be fearful of the experience. It's very important that your pet is happy and confident in being handled by his owner whom he trusts before a stranger tries to work on him. Take your time, be patient and never punish your dog if he's afraid. Have a supply of treats to hand so that he associates grooming and clipping with something nice.
You'll need a set of battery operated small animal trimmers for your preparatory work sessions. You can purchase these inexpensively from good pet stores. Alternatively, if you don't want to buy trimmers, you could use an old electric razor with the cutting blades removed. You're not actually going to clip your dog, just familiarise him with the sound and feel of the clippers around his body.
Preparing your dog
If your dog is not familiar with being clipped, it's important that you take the time to prepare him for the experience. This makes life much less stressful for all parties concerned. In the event that your pet becomes very distressed or aggressive, seek veterinary advice as you may need to use a light sedative for the groomer's visit.
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