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Regardless of whether you take him to the groomer or learn to do it yourself, the thing that will help the most is to practice combing and handling your puppy a little every day. Start with letting him sniff the comb and just a minute or two of combing and handling his paws, etc. Gradually build up to at least 15 -20 minutes. It won’t always take that long to comb or brush but the idea is that by the time he’s past his super easy puppy coat and blowing coat and you have a couple of mats to deal with he’s comfortable and cooperative with the process. Once he has his adult coat the grooming isn’t as demanding, but while the puppy is little, even if he’s in a puppy cut, try to fit that time in as often as you can because it’s an investment in making future grooming and inspecting injuries easier. It helped me to do it when he’s calm, after playtime, usually right before bed, but you’ll figure out what works for you. Sometimes I fit it in waiting for DD’s piano lesson in the car, etc.
There were times I wondered how I would ever groom my puppy when he was just curiously circling around, trying to lick at the comb. But even with my super high energy, battery always on Hav, I got better and he got better. Now at 1 1/2 he will sporadically lay down near the grooming basket and “invite” me to brush him if he randomly decides he wants a treat!
Have fun, and take lots of pictures of your adventure picking him up and introducing him to his new home!
Last edited by EvaE1izabeth; 05-04-2019 at 08:10 AM.