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Taking Your Dog To The Groomer: Fido’s First Visit

November 15 2023

Does your dog automatically give you that guilt-inducing sad look when you tell him it’s time for a bath? Our canine companions are for the most part not very fond of bathing, though they do clearly enjoy feeling clean. Bathing your pup at home can be messy and time-consuming, so it’s no surprise that so many people are opting to take their pets to salons. Here, a Syracuse, UT groomer offers some advice on bringing your pooch to the doggy salon for the first time.


That first appointment is often a sort of meet and greet. Your groomer will take a few minutes to get to know Fido and assess his coat condition and grooming needs. That first appointment may involve some extras, such as paperwork and questions from both sides. 

Be Clear 

Doggy beauty regimes are definitely not one-size-fits-all. Some pooches only need occasional baths, while others need to come in every month. If Fido has short, sleek fur, you won’t need to pick a haircut, but fluffy pups may have options. Be clear about what you’re looking for, but also take time to listen to suggestions. 

Book Extra Time

After Fido has been to the groomer’s a few times, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how long his appointments will take. The first one may take longer than subsequent ones will. It’s better to book a bit of extra time than to try and fit too much into that initial appointment.

Make It Fun

You can tell Fido how much better he’ll look and feel after his appointment, but he’ll probably just give you an adorable head tilt … and form his own opinion anyway. To make the experience a positive one, talk to him and pet him. You can also take him to a park or drive-through after, to get that tail going again.

Save The Extras For Next Time

Unless Fido is in desperate need of a glow-up, keep that first appointment to a simple bath and blow-out, and perhaps a nail trim. This is especially helpful if you have a puppy. You want to get little Fido used to the experience. Easing him into it may make it less stressful for the little guy.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask about things you’re unclear about, including things like haircut options and medical grooming. We’re happy to help!

Do you need to schedule grooming? Contact us, your Syracuse, UT groomer and veterinary clinic, today!

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