Desensitize your puppy by getting him used to being touched in common grooming spots such as the paws and the ears. Make this a positive and comfortable experience by using treats. Try this daily before starting an actual grooming session. The earlier you expose your pup to these things, the easier a grooming session will be as he gets older.
1. A good grooming begins with a bath, whether at the groomers or at home. For some dogs, bathing them too often can dry out their skin, so only bathe when necessary. For dog's that need a haircut, it's best to trim it before the bath.
3. After a good rinse and blow drying, you have to get to brushing. The dogs fur is special and needs a brush that fits with it's coat type. Use a rubber brush for short coats, and a slicker brush for long coats. If your dog is getting a haircut, do a better trimming once your dog's fur is brushed.
2. Shampoo once your dogs coat is wet, put the shampoo last on the face and rinse the face first. That will prevent too much shaking and less shampoo on the eyes.
4. Don't forget about the teeth, brush them every one or two days to prevent plaque build up and gum disease. Clean the dog's ears to prevent any ear infections. And for brachycephalic dogs, clean the wrinkles around the face. And last but not least, trim the dog's nails, have a veterinarian or a dog groomer show you how to trim them safely.
5. And you're done! You will have a new looking dog that might even be unrecognizable!
Use dog shampoo, a dogs skin has a different pH level from humans, and dog shampoo was made to fit the needs of a dogs coat.