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When is a good time to introduce puppies to grooming?

Well just like any socialisation to new things, the earlier the better. Ideally 8 weeks and onward is a great time to start, this would be after their first vaccination and they shouldn’t be introduced to any new dogs in the salon until they have had all their shots.

Starting the grooming routine with just a positive visit helps allow the puppy to get use to the noises and smells, you can make this time fun with a small play session and tasty treats to keep stress to a minimum. On the second visit slowly add some of the normal grooming activities you would do like brushing. Don’t forget to give the owner some homework and ask them to help with the process using treats at home, this will make it enjoyable for the dog and your job easier in the salon. Third visit I tend to start getting my pups ready for the bath by getting them use to water on the paws and chest, for me I like to use warm water in a plastic tub instead of the bath as this can be very overwhelming for a small puppy.

As you can guess doing small manageable amounts of socialisation to new equipment and procedures can benefit the puppy for a future full groom. Always ensure your pup is not too stressed and still taking treats, it’s also OK to cut a grooming session short if the pup is starting to show too many signs of stress, owners generally prefer small positive sessions than a very stressful groom that may cost them more in the long run in behavioural fees.

Puppy intro to grooming programs can also be a great way to introduce new clients to your business and establish some long time regular appointments. If you already have a puppy program it’s also great to find out which ones require maybe a little bit more help and if there are also some behaviours we can see need addressing now with a trainer. Our association has some wonderful relationships with trainer/groomers or trainers if you think one of your pups may need assistance we can recommend someone for you.

As you may know Pammie is coming soon! We're looking forward to seeing you at our seminar and also if you are interested in competing, now is the time to do it as this will be the only association run comp this year as Royal show and Pet expo are not running comps. We also have some excellent prizes up for grabs.

Happy grooming,

Shai-Marie Cheyne 
Dog Groomers Association of Western Australia Inc.
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2018-19 Membership Renewals Finalised


We'd like to thank everyone for their patience with regards to renewals this year. A new renewal system combined with some last minute changes to the DGAWA board and committee (welcome to Lexie's new addition, baby Maddison) has meant that we've been a bit behind the 8 ball.

We are however slowly catching up. Member renewals were finalised at the last Committee meeting and member packs and benefit details will be following shortly. In the mean time I have included a copy of the latest membership logo below for member use, this will also be included in your member pack.

We hope all the entrant's doggies are growing their coats out nicely.

For everyone else there is still time to enter! Register Here

Entries Close 28th September 
There are still spots available to learn from the creator of Asian Fusion!

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Cockburn Groomers!
Bring along your business cards and primped pets and get mingling with your customers. These types of events are great for drumming up new business.
DGAWA unfortunately won't be at the annual Pet Expo this year but it'll still be an awesome day out if you want to head down
DGAWA are still on the hunt for an Events Co-ordinator!
Do you love going to DGAWA events and networking with other groomers?
Have you had ideas about what could be done better or what International or Australian Groomer you'd love to see at the next seminar?
Send us an email to  if you're interesting in joining the team.

Don't have quite enough time to volunteer for a committee member role but still want to help out?
We have plenty of work to go around, if you're interested at all in volunteering we'd love to hear from you

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