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The Importance of Grooming your Dog Young.

Regular grooming is important for your dogs health and well being, as well as for their appearance.

Starting grooming at home when they are puppies is best, as they are capable of learning new behaviors and can tolerate new things more readily. It acquaints them to the grooming process and makes it easier as they grow older. The more they are exposed, the better they will handle the situation.

Taking them to a professional groomer early helps them get used to the smells, sounds and sensations and allows the groomer to form a bond with your puppy.

Grooming may include bathing, brushi​ng, cl​ipping nails, brushing teeth or simply just handling puppy's paws and ears.

Benefits of Grooming at Home

  • Keeps puppy healthy and gets them used to being handled.
  • Creates a bond between you and your puppy. It is time spent just the two of you.
  • You are able to check for abnormalities on the dogs coat such as,
    • Fleas or ticks
    • Skin issues such as dry patches, hot spots or cracked skin
    • Broken Nails
    • Cracked, inflamed paw pads,
    • Ear issues such as redness, odor or discharge
  • Brushing will remove dead hair and dirt whilst preventing matts and tangles to form. Brushing also helps to distribute natural oils from the skin through the dogs fur leaving it silky.
  • Getting your puppy used to teeth brushing is good to help prevent periodontal disease and expensive vet bills later in life.
  • Keeping nails at appropriate lengths helps to avoid overgrown nails and prevents injury to you, your puppy and your furniture.

How often should I groom my dog?

How often depends on what kind of breed they are and their coat type. As a rule, long haired dogs require grooming more often as they tend to get dirtier easier and matted faster.

In warmer months, dogs will shed their undercoats. Brushing helps encourage shedding and will lessen the amount of hair on your clothes and furniture.

If you would like to know more about how to groom your dog and what to use, pop in and see us at Harry and Sam, we would love to help.

  • Choose times when they are relaxed, tired and less energetic.
  • Limit sessions to a few minutes at a time- puppies have short attention spans.
  • Use the correct tools. Talk to us at Harry and Sam, we can recommend the correct brushes and combs.
  • Talk in a reassuring manner.
  • Always allow the dog to see the brush or comb first, so they know what is coming.
  • REWARD, REWARD, REWARD. Treats, playing with toys or a good cuddle and praise. Find what works for your pup.
  • Book in for one of our Puppy Training Packages. See below for more information.

" Make sure the grooming sessions are fun. The brush shouldn't be scary."


How we can help:

We have two different puppy packages, which is basically similar to puppy preschool just all grooming related. Grooming in the salon is different to grooming at home and we teach correct behaviors, allow puppies to get used to a different environment and help encourage them to enjoy the experience. Each package includes an initial consultation, tips on grooming at home, recommendations of what tools to use and each puppy receives a graduation certificate.

Puppy Groom Package

This package consists of 4 sessions, each spaced out 3 weeks apart for puppies up to 6 months old who will require full body haircuts as adults. The first session can begin the week after their last vaccination.

Session One: Introduction to the salon. Our groomer will perform a nail trim, ear clean and thorough brush/comb of your puppy.

Session Two: Will introduce your puppy to the bath and blow dryer. Will get a bath (not the head), blow dry, ear clean, nail trim and thorough brush/comb.

Session Three: Continued Training for the bath. Introduction to scissors and clippers. Includes, full bath (including head), blow dry, ear clean, nail trim, brush and clipping of paw pads, sanitary area and eyes.

Session 4: Training with scissors and clippers. Includes, bath, blow dry, nail trim, ear clean, thorough brush, and full haircut. Receive Graduation Certificate.

SMALL/MEDIUM BREED: $120 LARGE BREEDS: $150

Puppy Bath Package

This package is made up of 3 sessions, spaced 3 weeks apart for puppies up to 6 months old, that will not require full body haircuts as adults. The first session can commence a week after their last vaccination.

Session One: Introduction to the salon. Our groomer will perform a nail trim, ear clean and thorough brush/comb of your puppy.

Session Two: Will introduce your puppy to the bath and blow dryer. Will get a bath (not the head), blow dry, ear clean, nail trim and thorough brush/comb.

Session Three: Continued Training for the bath.Includes, full bath (including head), blow dry, ear clean, nail trim, brush and clipping of paw pads, sanitary area and eyes if needed.

SMALL/MEDIUM BREED: $80 LARGE BREEDS: $100

Contact Us to Book your Puppy Package today

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