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Welcoming a new puppy to your family is exciting, but now is the time to set boundaries, start home training and get your new friend accustomed to new habits.

One thing you need to get your puppy used to is grooming and handling to ensure they are happy and healthy, and to reduce excess fur in your home and on your clothes.

To help, FURminator’s Professional Grooming Expert Stuart Simons offers his top tips on introducing your new pup to a grooming routine.

Start grooming early

It’s important to introduce your puppy to a professional grooming routine as early as possible, that way they will learn it’s simply a part of life, just like eating, drinking and walkies.

The quicker they start to understand the noises and smells of a working salon, the sooner they will learn to be comfortable in that environment. Remember, they will see a groomer far more regularly than any other professional, so a good experience early on in life makes for a much happier pup. A handy tip to remember when you take your puppy to the groomer is to do so before food and after they’ve been to the toilet. We all know how playful puppies can be, so a nice walk is always advisable too so that they have used up their excess energy!

On top of this, you can also introduce a gentle grooming routine in the comfort of your own home with FURminator’s My FURst Groomer or the Dual Grooming Brush, which will help your puppy to get used to being brushed. However, it’s really important that you ensure your dog is comfortable and happy throughout the experience. Keep an eye on their body language and start with small sessions to begin with. Once your puppy is a year old we recommend introducing the FURminator deShedding Tool to your grooming routine, which helps to remove loose hair by up to 99% if used for 10 to 20 minutes every week.

Positive reinforcement is key

Puppies love to know that they’ve been good, so lots of happy sounds and gentle handling will reassure them during their grooming session. Try to make the whole thing a positive experience. Lots of love and cuddles after a groom go a long way, as will some of your furry friend’s favourite treats. Afterall, we all need paying for a job well done and it’ll be a positive memory for next time.

Don’t forget you’re in charge

Gentle assured handling will always reinforce your pup that they’re safe. Like a child, your puppy will probably not want to be there for as long as you need them to be, but you must persevere. If your puppy wriggles away when home grooming, try to take him off the floor and on to a table. Keep them safe and don’t be afraid to ask someone to help hold them. Remember, patience is key.

Keep things consistent

It’s a good idea to decide on a place in the house where the grooming will happen and stick to it. That way, the puppy will know that when they’re in that place, it’s grooming time. Also, pick a regular time within your pet’s daily routine such as in the evening when the home is quieter. You wouldn’t believe how well this works!

Remember, your groomer can help with additional maintenance

Although it often depends on the breed, puppies should come in once a month for feet, face and bottom trim together with a nice wash and brush until they are six months old. Once they reach this milestone, they should be ready for their first big dog haircut! It’s important to note, in most hair-bearing breeds, the coat goes through a change at around 6-12 months and this can make it difficult for home maintenance – if in doubt, consult your professional groomer.

Grooming the UK’s favourite breeds…

If you’re thinking of getting a puppy, Stuart has also shared his tips on looking after three of the UK’s most popular breeds!

Staffies – The great thing about Staffies is that they are low maintenance when it comes to grooming. A trip to the groomers every four-six weeks will keep their coat looking healthy and shiny. Get a FURminator undercoat deShedding tool for home grooming and they’ll think it’s a fun game too!

Cockapoos – Their hair grows and grows so it’s really important to stay on top of their grooming with a daily brush and comb. A six-weekly haircut at the groomers is also essential, with a bath in between appointments too! If your Cockapoo gets wet on a walk, use a hairdryer and brush once indoors – this will help keep on top of knots and matting.

Labrador Retrievers – Did you know that shedding depends on colour with chocolate and cream labs tending to shed more than black labs? Keep your house from becoming a hair haven with regular use of a FURminator deShedding tool together with a professional grooming appointment every six weeks. Home grooming once a week for at least 10-20 minutes can reduce shedding by 99%!

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