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Puppy First Grooming: Everything You Need to Know

Is your puppy in need of a grooming session? Then my puppy’s first grooming guide is exactly what you need.

Grooming is very essential for maintaining a puppy’s hygiene, health, and overall well-being. Based on your puppy’s unique coat and lifestyle their grooming requirements may vary. There are a bunch of professionals who deliver grooming services.

But don’t worry you can perform puppy first grooming by yourself at your home. I have created this puppy first grooming including 7 easy steps including some tricks & tips for handling challenges to help loving puppy parents just like you.

Puppies Grooming Tools

7 Easy Steps for Grooming First Time

You can start grooming your puppy from 10-12 weeks. I always encourage my clients to perform puppy first grooming by themselves as it can be done in 7 easy and simple steps. Here is my ultimate guide for puppy first grooming.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before starting the puppy first grooming process there are a bunch of tools that you need to arrange. It is always better to be prepared. Here is a checklist to ensure you have everything you will need for this grooming session.

  • Slicker Brush
  • Comb
  • Gentle Puppy Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Nail Clippers or Grinder
  • Ear Cleaner
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Grooming Table or Surface
  • Towels or Grooming Wipes
  • Hair Clippers (for certain breeds)
  • Scissors

Step 2: Gently Brush Through the Hair to Remove Loose Hair

Some puppies shed more than other puppies. They are normally the ones with a lot of loose hair. Brushing through will help you to get rid of all that loose hair and avoid making a mess during the process.

Step 3: Use Positive Reinforcements to Keep Them Calm

Since this is your puppy’s first grooming session, it is important to establish a positive association between your puppy and grooming time. Reward your puppy with delicious treats after every task is done.

Give a lot of love and care to your puppy for the session to calm them down. You can pet them, praise them, or reword them with a delicious treat. It helps to make them feel safe and comfortable.

Step 4: Handling Paws and Nails

Prepare your puppy for grooming by simply getting your puppy familiar with touch at an early age. You can then start holding their paws for a short period and gradually increase the duration. Massaging the puppy’s paws will also get them used to the sensations.

As your puppy gets comfortable, introduce tools slowly. Start trimming their nails with pet nail clippers or grinders.

Clean Puppies Ear

Step 5: Clean Ears Gently

Start by gathering supplies (Cotton pads, wipes, and warm water). Start by introducing touch to the ear area. Once your puppy is comfortable with you touching the area gently wipe the inside of the puppy’s ear area.

You can wrap the wipe around your index finger and remove dirt from the inside of your puppy’s ear. Be mindful of the puppy’s reaction. If the wet wipe is cold, dip it in warm water to make the temperature comfortable.

Step 6: Perform Puppy’s First Bath

As challenging as a puppy’s first bath may seem, with a strong bond and proper guidance you can perform your puppy’s first bath by yourself using our Puppy’s First Bathing Guide.

Step 7: Act Calm Throughout the whole process

To avoid getting the puppy over-excited and jumpy. Staying calm helps in making your puppy feel safe and comfortable in the grooming environment. Puppies are extremely sensitive to smell, sight, and sound. Therefore, choose a calmer and destruction-free grooming environment.

Puppies First Bath

Handling Common Challenges

A puppy’s first grooming will indeed bring up many challenges. Here are some tips and tricks to help you handle common challenges during puppy first grooming.

  1. Keep the grooming sessions short to avoid restlessness in your puppy and establish a consistent routine for long-term success. Start with short sessions and gradually increase the grooming duration.
  2. Gradually introduce the grooming environment, a touch of water to your puppy, handling, and nail clippers.
  3. Be mindful of the temperature of the water and grooming environment as puppies are very sensitive to temperatures.
  4. Use a non-slip mat to avoid accidents.
  5. You should find an experienced groomer in case your puppy needs one.


As of now, you are indeed well equipped with all the information you need to perform a puppy’s first grooming session by yourself.

You can start by ordering the grooming kits online or buying them by yourself. Grooming sessions can be challenging as you may have to handle many sensitive areas.

Therefore, preparing your puppy through the gradual introduction to touch in those areas and being patient throughout the process is important.


Jessica Comstock

Jessica Comstock

As a passionate dog breeder with 7 years of experience, I've dedicated my career to ethically and responsibly breeding dogs. My expertise in genetics, breed standards, and nurturing environments has allowed me to produce healthy, well-tempered puppies, ensuring their future owners receive loyal and cherished companions.

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