How to Prepare for Your Dog’s Grooming Appointment

How to Prepare for Your Dog’s Grooming Appointment

Time to read: 4 minutes

Table of contents:

  1. Familiarize Your Dog with Handling
  2. Choose a Reputable Groomer You Can Trust
  3. Regularly Brush Your Dog at Home
  4. Exercise Your Dog Before Your Appointment
  5. Pack Your Dog’s Essentials
  6. Keep Your Dog Stress-Free at the Groomers
  7. Summary

Grooming isn’t just about aesthetics — it’s an essential part of your dog's health and wellness routine. Regular grooming helps maintain your pup’s coat, skin, and overall hygiene.

To ensure a smooth and stress-free grooming session for your furry friend, preparation is key. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your dog’s next grooming appointment.

1.  Familiarize Your Dog with Handling

Introduce your dog to handling as soon as possible to help them get familiar with the various movements and positions they might experience at the groomers. Touch their paws, ears, and body gently, rewarding each touch to build positive association.

It’s also a good idea to practice positioning your dog on an elevated surface, similar to what they may stand on at the groomer. Again, offer your canine companion treats to reward them while they’re on the platform.

The more regularly you practice these handling techniques and the more you reward your pet for complying with your handling, the less stress they’ll feel at their grooming appointment.

2.  Choose a Reputable Groomer You Can Trust

Not all groomers are created equal, and how skilled, patient, and experienced your groomer is can affect how your dog reacts. Ask for recommendations from your friends and family, thoroughly read reviews, and evaluate groomers in your area carefully before choosing one for your pup.

A skilled groomer, like those at Fit & Go Pets, understands various coat types and can provide tailored care for your dog.

Once you’ve found a groomer that you trust, establish a grooming routine that suits your dog’s needs. Depending on the breed, coat type, and lifestyle, your dog may require grooming every 4-8 weeks.

Consistency in grooming appointments helps maintain their coat and prevents matting.

3.  Regularly Brush Your Dog at Home

Your dog’s groomer will likely start each appointment with a thorough brush of their coat before trimming or bathing them, but brushing your pup beforehand can help reduce tangles, minimizing your dog’s discomfort during their appointment.

Your dog also needs to be brushed more regularly than just at their grooming appointments. Longer-haired dogs with fur that mats easily will need to be brushed 2-3 times per week to prevent tangles and remove excess dirt.

Brushing your dog regularly also has the added benefit of reducing shedding. By removing excess fur from your dog’s undercoat, you can get rid of the hair before it sheds onto your clothes and furniture.

4.  Exercise Your Dog Before Your Appointment

Exercise before an appointment can help your dog feel less stressed during their grooming session.

A walk or brief play session beforehand can help your pup burn off excess energy, so they can relax and enjoy being pampered.

5.   Pack Your Dog’s Essentials

Many grooming salons require proof of vaccinations prior to your appointment. Make sure you bring any updated documents to your appointment to update your records. A general health check before your appointment is also a good idea to check your pup for any skin abnormalities or irritations that your groomer may need to know about. Learn more about the importance of regular vet visits for your dog's health, a crucial aspect of grooming and overall well-being.

Make sure to also pack your pet’s collar with identification tags, leash, and any specific instructions your groomer may need to know for interacting with your pet.

Keep Your Dog Stress-Free at the Groomers

By preparing for your dog’s grooming appointment and maintaining a consistent grooming routine, you can ensure your furry friend stays healthy, comfortable, and looking their best. With these tips, you can help your pup associate grooming with positive experiences and make the experience stress-free for you both!

For more grooming tips, read about keeping your dog healthy with regular nail trims and ear cleanings.


  • Grooming is essential for dogs' health and wellness, going beyond aesthetics to include coat, skin, and overall hygiene maintenance.
  • Preparing dogs for grooming involves familiarizing them with handling, such as touching their paws and ears, and practicing on an elevated surface, with rewards for positive association.
  • Choosing a skilled and experienced groomer is important. Recommendations and reviews should be considered, and a consistent grooming schedule should be established based on the dog's breed, coat, and lifestyle.
  • Regular brushing at home is beneficial for minimizing tangles and discomfort during grooming sessions. This is especially important for long-haired dogs prone to matting.
  • Exercising the dog before the grooming appointment can help reduce stress and allow the dog to relax during the session.
  • Packing essentials for the grooming appointment is necessary, including updated vaccination documents, the dog’s collar with identification tags, a leash, and any specific instructions for the groomer.
  • Consistent grooming routines and proper preparation can help dogs associate grooming with positive experiences, making it stress-free for both the dog and the owner.

Looking for a new, experienced groomer for your canine companion? Learn more about the wide range of grooming services offered at Fit & Go Pets!