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I want to learn how to groom my puppy and purchased clippers this weekend. We were able to groom her hind legs and back-end, but could not come close to her front. The clippers I purchased are dog clippers but they do make a humming sound. I just want to be able to trim the hair around her face and backside. She is bathed once a week, should I just leave it at that? At four months is she too young for grooming? Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I want to learn how to groom my puppy and purchased clippers this weekend. We were able to groom her hind legs and back-end, but could not come close to her front. The clippers I purchased are dog clippers but they do make a humming sound. I just want to be able to trim the hair around her face and backside. She is bathed once a week, should I just leave it at that? At four months is she too young for grooming? Does anyone have any suggestions?
She's definitely not too young to get started, but take it slow. LOTS of treats, and just a bit at a time. If the clippers scare her near her head, start with just turning them on NEAR her head and treat, treat, treat. (You can even start with the clippers turned off if necessary!) When she tolerates that well, go to holding your clippers in your hand, with them turned on and putting your HAND against her, so that she feels the vibration and hears the noise, but both are separated from her by your hand. Slowly work up in tiny increments until she can tolerate it.

I think professional groomers have a BIG advantage over us pet owners in this regard. They are quick and sure, don't fumble around and get nervous, so the dogs learn to think that's it's just not a big deal at all. So that's another option... take her to a professional groomer a few times so that she gets used to the process, and then you can take over. A lot of grooming places will let you stay with your dog and watch, if you aren't upsetting the dog. (I NEVER take Kodi to a groomer who won't let me stay in the room with him) You can learn a lot this way too!


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She's definitely not too young to get started, but take it slow. LOTS of treats, and just a bit at a time. If the clippers scare her near her head, start with just turning them on NEAR her head and treat, treat, treat. (You can even start with the clippers turned off if necessary!) When she tolerates that well, go to holding your clippers in your hand, with them turned on and putting your HAND against her, so that she feels the vibration and hears the noise, but both are separated from her by your hand. Slowly work up in tiny increments until she can tolerate it.

I think professional groomers have a BIG advantage over us pet owners in this regard. They are quick and sure, don't fumble around and get nervous, so the dogs learn to think that's it's just not a big deal at all. So that's another option... take her to a professional groomer a few times so that she gets used to the process, and then you can take over. A lot of grooming places will let you stay with your dog and watch, if you aren't upsetting the dog. (I NEVER take Kodi to a groomer who won't let me stay in the room with him) You can learn a lot this way too!

Thanks so much for your reply and suggestions. I did take her to a groomer but she was extremely hard to handle and the option for me to go inside with her was not extended, but I could hear Skye barking loudly. This groomer did let me know that Skye was quite agressive. (To be so darn little, she can be agressive). This is why I decided to get her used to the idea before taking her to another professional. I really don't know if I want her fur cut or just let it grow as I have seen other havs (it is so beautiful). It does get extremely hot here in Houston but she is rarely outside in the heat other than potty breaks or our late evening walks. I am still learning what's best for us both.

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Thanks so much for your reply and suggestions. I did take her to a groomer but she was extremely hard to handle and the option for me to go inside with her was not extended, but I could hear Skye barking loudly. This groomer did let me know that Skye was quite agressive. (To be so darn little, she can be agressive). This is why I decided to get her used to the idea before taking her to another professional. I really don't know if I want her fur cut or just let it grow as I have seen other havs (it is so beautiful). It does get extremely hot here in Houston but she is rarely outside in the heat other than potty breaks or our late evening walks. I am still learning what's best for us both.
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Have you been removing the hair off the paws? Clipping nails?



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Have you been removing the hair off the paws? Clipping nails?
I just purchased the clippers this weekend and was only able to trim her rear end and some off the hind legs. While she was playing I turned on the clippers and she started barking and growling. I am going to take it slow but I think i will need for her to get used to the sound. I brush her every night but that is not without her being fiesty.

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At a professional groomer I would give a 4 month puppy a 50/50 shot at a full body haircut. I dont normally recommend doing full haircuts at that age as many are not ready and can be traumatized. Usually young puppies only get a bath, blow dry, brush out, nails, eye corners and/or bangs if wanted, paw pads, feet and sanitary. Most puppies are scared of the clippers. If a puppy is very intolerant with grooming, a lot of times it indicates how they will be when older. I recommend that you stop with the clippers on the body for several weeks, then try again when the puppy is more mature. Still work on clipping paw pads. When s/he is calm with the clipper somewhere, reward and then put near another area, don't actually clip the hair yet. The key is to desensitize and to reward when calm. Don't give a treat or praise if puppy is having a panic attack. With the correct training the puppy can come around. There are a lot of tips online if you do a search. Good luck.
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She's definitely not too young to get started, but take it slow. LOTS of treats, and just a bit at a time. If the clippers scare her near her head, start with just turning them on NEAR her head and treat, treat, treat. (You can even start with the clippers turned off if necessary!) When she tolerates that well, go to holding your clippers in your hand, with them turned on and putting your HAND against her, so that she feels the vibration and hears the noise, but both are separated from her by your hand. Slowly work up in tiny increments until she can tolerate it.

I think professional groomers have a BIG advantage over us pet owners in this regard. They are quick and sure, don't fumble around and get nervous, so the dogs learn to think that's it's just not a big deal at all. So that's another option... take her to a professional groomer a few times so that she gets used to the process, and then you can take over. A lot of grooming places will let you stay with your dog and watch, if you aren't upsetting the dog. (I NEVER take Kodi to a groomer who won't let me stay in the room with him) You can learn a lot this way too!

Good tips here Karen. People need to keep in mind, however, that at 3 or 4 months maybe 20% of puppies will have a calm enough temperament to take a full body haircut well. The rest, either will be done with some difficulty or are not able to be done. Best to only do "intro" grooms such as a little on the face and feet. Many puppies will freak out but only due to their immaturity, and their tolerance increases with age. This is why it is important not to push young puppies beyond what they can handle or they can be ruined. I have groomed well over 100 young puppies.
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I have a few questions.

I heard you should not cut a Hav's tail hair because it either never grows the same or takes a LONG time to grow back. Is trimming ok?

Also, I love the way Oreo looks when he come back from the groomers. He has a little curl to his hair but when he come back from the groomers, his hair is nice and straight. How do I keep his hair nice and straight?

When I'm doing Oreo's daily grooming with a slicker brush, do I use the brush with dry hair or should it be wet? If wet, what do i spray on him (Mix of water and conditioner)?

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At a professional groomer I would give a 4 month puppy a 50/50 shot at a full body haircut. I dont normally recommend doing full haircuts at that age as many are not ready and can be traumatized. Usually young puppies only get a bath, blow dry, brush out, nails, eye corners and/or bangs if wanted, paw pads, feet and sanitary. Most puppies are scared of the clippers. If a puppy is very intolerant with grooming, a lot of times it indicates how they will be when older. I recommend that you stop with the clippers on the body for several weeks, then try again when the puppy is more mature. Still work on clipping paw pads. When s/he is calm with the clipper somewhere, reward and then put near another area, don't actually clip the hair yet. The key is to desensitize and to reward when calm. Don't give a treat or praise if puppy is having a panic attack. With the correct training the puppy can come around. There are a lot of tips online if you do a search. Good luck.
Thank you so much for this information. As I have stated time and again, this is such a learning adventure. I am so grateful to have found this site as information on the web can be so overwhelming. Skye is very intolerate of any grooming, including typical brushing, but I do manage to get a bow in her head only if I allow her to chew on the brush tip. I will need to start treating her but that creates another issue as she is usually overly anxious for treats. Thanks again!

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