Get Them Used to the Process
Getting your animal used to everything he will encounter at the groomer’s, from the tools used (brushes, nail clippers and hair dryers) to being handled (especially for cats), having his paws touched and potentially being put in a crate, is a good way to slowly get him acclimated to the process.
“I encourage my clients to clean ears, brush teeth and at least handle the paws, if not try nail trimming at home with their pets,” says Liff. “These steps will help make the pet more amenable to grooming in the future.”
Sigala also suggests desensitizing your pet to grooming tools and product by putting the items near your pet and rewarding him when he has a neutral or positive reaction.
“Bring the item closer and keep rewarding,” she says. “If your dog or cat freaks out at any point, move the item away so that it is still visible, but is no longer causing your pet to react. Once your pet is no longer reacting and they have received a couple rewards, end your session and try again later.”
Sigala says to keep these sessions short and sweet and end on a positive note.