My puppies (pomeranians) are 12 weeks old. Is it too early to take them to a groomer? Is there much a groomer can do for them right now? I have been brushing them at home but can't get all the kinky knots out, especially around their butts. Should I take them to a groomer?
if you can't get the kinky knots out, you should go ahead and take them to the groomer, they'll take care of it. If you don't, they'll just get worse and worse. And it'll give you a fresh start as far as daily brushing. Poms are a breed that need daily brushing at the minimum to keep those fluffy coats mat free. Call around to differnet groomers and ask if you can hang around to be with your babies while they are groomed, as it is their first time and you want to see how they do. Bring some of your dogs favorite treats with you and a toy, and reward all good behavior. The idea is to make the grooming as pleasant as possible, so it wont' be an ordeal if you have to take them back.
I'll brush them and thirty minutes later you can't tell it. I am ready for their puppy hair to shed. It is so kinky. One of my poms has the triple coat and the other silky. I'll definitely have to have them groomed quite frequently. Just wasn't sure when to start.
I started my shih tzu at 9 weeks, just to get the feel of the groomer, my cocker was 12 weeks, that's when i got her and she had never been groomed other than a bath. I think its good to get them started, so that don't have the fear of leaving you to go somewhere else and let someone else do it. Unless of course, you yourself is a groomer.
I suggest to my new puppy clients that they have at least their second set of puppy vaccines before they make a trip to grooming shop. Then, the sooner the better.... and look for a groomer that will work with you. I do not require puppies to stay any longer than is necessary, and try to make the grooming experience pleasant for them. Those little guys have long memories!! Having the right brushes and combs for your puppies coat type is real important to try to pick up right away if you don't already have them. An often overlooked thing when acquiring new pups, especially coated breeds is the frequent maintainance many require. Many dogs don't care for having their rear feathers worked on... be persistent, act in a calm matter of fact demeanor, but do NOT let them learn that they can get away with out having their coat brushed because of their behaviour. If it takes 2 people, one to secure and calm the puppy while the other brushes... go for it. It will pay off in the long run if you teach them young that this can be pleasant, quality time.
Wench, I'm hoping you read my post and would know (this is a post about grooming, so I hope no one minds if I post this here), but do you groom Bichons often? Would you know by any chance if they tend to have thin coats at any point? My dog's six months and he has thin hair in certain spots. He looks nothing like the dogs I see in pictures. xoxo, Dorothie