Getting Started with Puppy Training

Dog Grooming

Smoochie Pooch has experience with grooming a wide range of puppies. This includes puppies with different temperaments. And they have knowledge of the best practices to groom puppies of various breeds.

Most pet owners wait until their puppy has had its second round of shots before booking their first grooming appointment. We specifically recommend bringing them in around four to six months.

Grooming will be a brand-new experience for your puppy. There are steps you can take to prepare your puppy for its first grooming. Getting started with basic puppy training is one of them. You will be able to begin setting expectations and reinforcing simple commands from an early age. This can help make time spent with your puppy at the groomer and around other people and animals more enjoyable for everyone.

How to Start Training Your New Puppy

Puppies have a short attention span. You can begin basic obedience training at home around the eight-week mark. Here are some tips on how to get started:

  • Keep training sessions short and fun. Aim for approximately 15 minutes of training per day. If you find your dog is losing focus, consider breaking your 15 minutes into smaller sessions throughout the day.
  • As your dog notices new commands such as “sit” and “stay,” practice the commands in various locations, such as at the dog grooming salon, or at the park and around different people. This will help to reinforce what they have learned.
  • Whether you reward positive behavior with praise or a treat, ensure all members of your family react in the same way for consistency in your training.
  • Be patient. It will take time for your new puppy to notice commands and positive behavior. If you find that either of you is getting distracted or frustrated, end the session, and pick it up again later.

Looking for Professional Support with Your Puppy?

If you are looking to sign up your puppy for obedience classes, your local salon or your vet may be able to offer trainer recommendations. It is important to select classes that are age-appropriate for your pup and are offered by qualified instructors.

You will also want to ensure your new dog is set up with a groomer you can trust. At Smoochie Pooch, you can rely on our friendly team to help your puppy get used to the grooming experience. Whether you choose to come into the salon or book a mobile puppy grooming appointment, you and your pet will have the best experience possible.

To learn more and book an appointment for puppy grooming, contact us today.