Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Time Puppy Love

Everyone knows that Christmas is the season for puppies. Who doesn’t love puppies? They are cute and so innocent, but caring for a puppy means more than just providing it with love, food and shelter.   Here are a few things to keep in mind while preparing to surprise your loved one with a new puppy.

First things first: research. If you haven’t already picked up a puppy, please do your research. Not every dog is the right fit for every family. Some breeds require more maintenance than others, while some are more fitting personality wise with childfree households. You really just need to dig in and find the right breed for you. So many times, after the holiday frenzy, families realize that they got more than they bargained for and, unfortunately, the dog ends up in a shelter.  This breaks my heart.

Once your little addition has become "the best gift ever," as a new puppy owner you will need to prepare him or her for the grooming experience whether it’s a high maintenance dog or not. Here is a list of things you can and should do before and during your grooming appointments:

Grooming Care Tips for Your Christmas Present Puppy

1. Do not wait too long to get your puppy in for its first grooming appointment.  It’s a lot to take in and they should get used to the process at a young age.  Eight weeks is a good age for a puppy's first grooming appointment, or as soon as it has had the complete set of parvo shots.

2. Never use a brush to play with or to punish a dog with.  You do not want your pup to fear or think of brushing as play time.

3. Brush your dog every day.

4. Handle and rub your puppy's feet everyday.  This will help your puppy get used to someone handling their feet.

5. Help your puppy get accustomed to the noises and vibrations of grooming.  If your puppy will need facial hair cutting, to help your puppy get used to noises and vibrations that he will experience at the groomer's, you can take a beard trimmer (or anything of that sort,) and rub the base of it against your puppy's face.  Keep the blade away from your dog, and do not cut any hair.

6. Socialize your puppy with other people and/or dogs. PetSmart or PetCo is a great place to get your puppy used to socializing or you can take it to a dog park.

7. Get your puppy used to taking naps in a kennel.  Put a nice bed in the kennel so your puppy feels comfortable in its area.  This will help your puppy become accustomed to kennels, so he or she will not stress out when their groomer places them in one.

8. Gradually introduce your puppy to grooming.  For the first time visit to the groomers, I strongly recommend only getting a sanitary clip which includes only the face, feet, and sanitary area (no trimming or clipper work on the body). The grooming process can prove to be very stressful for first timers and you want to slowly introduce your pup to the process so it won't develop a fear of the groomer.

9. Continue to expose your puppy to the grooming experience.  While the puppy is still young, I recommend getting it groomed every 4 weeks, even if it's only for a bath package, so that it becomes comfortable with the grooming process. If you wait too long to get a dog its first hair cut, you run the risk of having a "hard to manage groom dog," which will in most cases, cost you more money in special handling fees.

10. Be consistent.  Once your dog is ready and comfortable with the bathing, drying, and sanitary trim, you can progress to an all over hair cut.  Continue to upkeep your puppy's grooming as it grows into a full sized dog.  This will aid in keeping your dog's coat healthy and manageable, and will help you avoid extra grooming fees related to unkempt coats.

If you have any questions on which breed may best suit you and your family, feel free to give me a call or call your local vet’s office to get more information.  And of course, if you are in the Copperas Cove, Lampasas, Killeen, Texas area, I would love to get your puppy started with his/her grooming experience!

Brittany Tipton
Tip-Top Grooming

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Latest Updates

Hi everyone!

This morning Tip-Top Grooming was in the Copperas Cove Christmas Parade!  If you received treats for your fur babies, I hope they enjoyed them!  If you didn't get one, I am so sorry we ran out!  Next year I will make sure to bring more.  =)

If you need any grooming for your pets, please give me a call!  I look forward to hearing from you!

Brittany Tipton