Every puppy regardless of length of adult coat will need to be comfortable with nail trims, having their teeth looked at and being bathed. Long coated breeds like poodle mixes have special challenges, because they have to learn how to be comfortable with these types of things on top of also having to learn how to be comfortable with clippers, brushing, and going to the groomers.
Here are some tips to help your puppy learn to not just tolerate these things, but learn to truly LOVE these things.
- Brush your puppy for short sessions every night when he is tired. This will be easier than trying to brush a wild puppy that just woke up.
- Offer your puppy a greenie, bully stick or peanut butter stuffed kong while you are brushing him to keep the biting end occupied.
- You can also do three brush strokes then give a treat.
- Your breeder or puppy foster should have started this before you brought your puppy home, but if they didn’t … don’t worry it isn’t to late.
Nail Trim Tips:
- Play with your puppies nails every night for five minutes. (Set a timer)
- Fake clip one nail, then give your puppy a treat. Repeat this doing one nail at a time throughout puppy hood for five minute increments.
- If your puppy is struggling ask your self is it truely the nail trims that are upsetting them or is it the restraint? If it is the restraint, practice training your puppy to CHOOSE to stay while you touch his paws.
- The ideal age for puppy to go to the groomer for the first time is between 4 and 5 months.
- Before going to the groomer for your appointment bring your puppy to meet the groomer. Let them meet the groomer, check out the place and get treats from everyone.
- Choose a groomer who is gental and uses treats, so that your puppy has a positive first grooming experience.
- The first time a puppy goes to the groomer he should already be comfortable with all of the above. If he is not, hold off on your trip until you have had a few weeks of practice under his belt.
Bath time tips:
- Prefill the bath tub with only a little water. The rushing running water can be scary.
- Put on shorts and get in the tub with them.
- Add toys to the bath tub make it a play session.
- Put peanut butter on the wall to distract them.
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