I'm going to apologize in advance for bombarding you guys with all of these questions.
Mason-10wk old Maltese/Poodle mix
I've been calling groomers in my area and they have all been telling me that he should come in for his first intro grooming at 12 weeks. However, when I took him to the vet on Friday she said that he is pretty much homebound until 16 wks when he is fully vaccinated. Maybe I'm being over neurotic, but I want to take him to the groomers so it won't be a traumatic event later, but I don't want to take him just yet. I would rather be safe than sorry.
If there is anyone out there who has been in a similar predicament please advice. I would love any type of input.
Add'l note: He is currently being treated for a mild case of coccidia (sp?) and possible earmites. The vet couldn't get a good look at his ears because he was being so wiggly, but he is scratching them a lot so she went ahead and treated him. He is also getting anti-inflammatory drops in his ears for 2 weeks.
Hi, Buy yourselves a pair of clippers don't have to be expensive and turn them on around him and that might help, that is how I get my Schnauzer puppies use to a set of clippers we do our own grooming once you see how to you will too!
I also waited to take my 2 mini schnauzers to the groomer until they had been fully vaccinated.
In order to try to get them used to grooming I washed and blow dried them bi-weekly, brushed them regularly and clipped their toe nails myself. I also used beard trimmers to trim up their butt area, just to get them used to the clipper noise. I think this helped, according to my groomer, one of them was great, but one still had some issues.
I do know a lot of people who have taken their pups to the groomer after the 2nd round of vaccines, as long as they have had bordatella, but I decided to wait and not chance it.
***Edited By: terrierterror on 3/28/2006 3:51:39 PM*** Reason: add
Thanks for your ideas. I'm going to give it a shot. I also need to give him a bath. I've just been washing him with a washcloth and I bought some doggie wipes at the store.
You know, I've been reading all of these books on the stages of puppy development and how they are supposed to reach certain milestones and experience certain things by a certain age. I guess it's making me extra paranoid. I want to have a well rounded dog.
I took my 4 month old Maltese x Poodle mix to the groomers the first time at 13 weeks (two weeks after we got her). Although I use a groomer that doesn't crate them and does it out of her home. I prefer that because a lot of groomers keep them crated for a long time due to the sheer volume of their business. The last groomer I used, I would drop the dog off at 8:30 a.m. and she wasn't ready to be picked up until 4:30...long day for a small dog! Katie did really well at this new place. I asked her just to do the minimum like bath, blow dry, nails, trimming fur around her feet and between her eyes. She told me that Katie was extremely good. Although I'm not surprised, she is the most passive puppy I've ever met. Her first night home she needed a bath and blow dry. 6 hrs in a crate with a urinary tract infection...mmmmm...nice. Even when we used the blow dryer she didn't even seem to notice. Katie before her new hairdo :) http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b122/Keesha63/CopyofCIMG3127.jpg Katie after her new hairdo :) http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b122/Keesha63/CopyofCIMG3167.jpg
***Edited By: keesha63 on 3/28/2006 5:00:10 PM*** Reason: added pics
My dogs are always homebound until they get all their vaccinations.
As far as grooming, get yourself a cheap groming table or a clamp on grooming pole and a pair of nail clippers and an electric clipper.
I have found that the electric clippers are not as much of a problem as clipping their nails. Let them sniff the electric clippers and turn it on around them and start to brush them while they are hearing the clippers and the will get use to it quickly. Turn the clippers off and just rub it on their snout then turn the clippers on and do the same ( be careful not to catch their hair in the clippers as this will pull the hair and give them a bad experience)
Most of all handle their feet and start to clip their nails or even pretend to clip their nails if they don't need it. If you work with their feet young enough and often enough then they will stand still for it later on.
16 weeks is when the puppy's brain has stopped developing, you must squeeze as much positive socialization into the first 4 month period as you can. But avoid any traumatic experiences. Take him to the groomer after the second Vaccine, and just ask them to bath and blow dry and maybe trim nails(just the tips), and the fur from the eyes, bum and feet (if poss). If you try to do to mmuch, and he fights anything that scares him and the groomer is harsh (striking)with him, it could mess him up mentally. I think very short sessions at the groomer once a month, would be helpful. Every Veterinarian is different, and have their own beliefs and procedures. The biggest one you need to worry about is the Parvo Vaccine. Trust me, more animals die from behavioral problems then Parvo...
***Edited By: sue on 3/29/2006 11:04:44 PM*** Reason: fgsjnsgf
Stryder has coccidia. I believe it's gone now though, keep forgetting to bring in that darn fecal sample. Until the coccidia is gone, I wouldnt bring him out. Other puppies/dogs can get sick from their poo.
Has anyone ever tried one of those mobile groomers?
Also, I don't know if it's okay to ask this on this board, but if there is anyone from the Northern VA area out there have you ever tried the Fair Lakes Petsmart's grooming? Good and bad experiences please.
I'm in northern VA. I dislike petsmart grooming for the most part. Try to find a private groomer or evne better one that is part of a vet. If I didn't have puppies I'd offer to groom him for you. Having good first grooming experinces is a very vital part of his learning proper behavior at the shop.
I called someone yesterday who has the mobile grooming and she charges $80 for the whole thing (bathing, trimming, etc) and takes 50 mintues. I realize that it's a little more $$ than dropping him off somewhere, but I really want his first experience to be a positive one. I've heard that if you actually take them to a groomer that it's like an assembly line and the dogs are crated for most of the day. Our vet does the basic grooming.
Icyhound, I also called a place in Chantilly called Featherle. Are you familiar with them? I got a warm and fuzzy from the lady I spoke with. I might end up using them. Will probably go check out the facility this weekend.
i've been reading your post about mason, congrats!!! he looks alot like a maltese for being mixed w/poodle,a total doll baby!!! i wouldnt worry about taking him to the groom before 12 weeks, if he has the silky flowing hair of a maltese, get your self a soft brush and brush him daily,a bath once a week, he wont mind the groomer later. maltese are very egear to please their humans ( i dont know about poodles) goodluck,hun, you have a very cute lil boy!!! try visting http://www.malteseonly.com/ speaking from the maltese side of it ......you are now owned by him!!!lol!!!
just wanted to add that maltese have really sensitive skin, be sure to use a soft brush.
***Edited By: winnies_mom on 3/31/2006 1:48:26 PM*** Reason: add
i took my 8 mo. old poodle-mix to the groomers for the first time today. i was a little nervous about his behavior when i left because he was so excited, but when i went back to pick him up he was kissing everyone and being sweet as pie. he had a very easy time of the whole experience, but i do brush him everyday so there were absolutely no mats.
in regards to the vaccine thing, i would wait until mason gets them. you know that you're responsible when it comes to your dog and it's health, but you don't know about others. better to be safe.
Until puppies have had all of their shots (by 16 weeks), they shouldn't go anywhere and their feet shouldn't touch the ground (outside or anywhere other dogs have been). Cooper is 10 weeks old and I have already given him a bath, trimmed his nails, and trimmed the hair in his paws, and started him on the ear plucking (gently to get him used to this procedure). Why not just put him in the sink and give him a bath, trim his nails a little (if you're not used to doing this, your vet can show you how). It's a good idea to get them used to home baths young!
coccidia, by the way is a sad and serious (sp) thing, i do maltese resuce and i brought a mom into my home who had babies (ty rebel) it killed 4 out of 5 puppies, mom had it the stress of moving her to a new home made it worse, it is a crazy thing look it up on google , you will find sooo much about it, but if your vet says he has any mild or sever case of it, and you are potty training to the out side, wash his lil feet every time you bring him in the house from the outside.
sry: dont let him lick his lil feet after going to potty until you wash them ,coccidia is spread through their feces!!!
***Edited By: winnies_mom on 3/31/2006 7:24:42 PM*** Reason: add
you sound like a good mommy where are you from? is he your only baby ??? i have 3 baby maltese right now 2 have homes but one lil,lil girl is blind in one eye and no-one really can offord her treatment, my vet said i can put her down for less then what i will spend on her , so she is staying and ,i got her name from a tp member her name is stormy, kool hu???
i love all doggies though , i only do maltese rescue. ( cuz, i dont know anything about other breeds, not becuse i am a maltese snob)lol