Dog Life Stages

Dogs grow at an incredible rate and need custom care at every stage.  From puppy to senior, your dog’s coat and skin is an important part of good health.

Puppies – 16 Weeks to 6 Months

puppyPuppies are impressionable and require consistent feedback.  This is the best time to train and begin lifelong habits. Puppies have special needs – they are antsy, want to have fun and cooperation needs to be encouraged.  This should sound pretty familiar if you have children.  In order for them to have a positive experience, their first few grooming sessions are extremely important.

I believe providing short and positive sessions that introduce them to the process of grooming and the salon environment is in their best interest.  Feel free to bring them in for a visit and I’ll give them a little brushing (and some kisses) – no charge.   I know time is precious, so let’s work together to meet the needs of you and your puppy. We can schedule an early morning or late day appointment so the puppy can be groomed quietly with minimal distractions.

Teenagers – 6 to 18 Months


If you’ve experienced teenagers, you probably won’t be surprised to learn this is the toughest stage in a dog’s life.

The teenage years range from 6 to 18 months and may start even earlier for large dogs.  They are rambunctious and feel compelled to, quite frankly, yank your chains.  It is really important to maintain you sense of humor as this is a stage when limits are defined.  They are typically rebellious and headstrong. We expect our children to follow our rules.  This is the stage when Sweet Pea and I will develop our guidelines.

Ideally teenagers should receive about two hours of aerobic exercise daily – this will tire them out.  If you can accomplish this, kudos to you.  It is recommended that teenagers be brushed daily.  Their teeth should be cleaned weekly.  Nails should be clipped every two to four weeks. Bath frequency depends on the coat type and lifestyle of your teenager.

Adults – 18 Months to 7 Years

Scottish Terrier (9 years)

The adult comes in all shapes and sizes.  They can be happy, grumpy, nervous, funny, tired.  In general the adult dog needs to be treated like an individual.  Understanding and allowing for these differences requires knowledge, patience, and flexibility.

Exercise remains important; cycling, jogging, agility classes, etc. can now be introduced. This is the stage when skin can change and growths can form.  Maintain your grooming program.

Geriatric Friends –  7+ Years


The kindest grooming for an older dog is to provide a relaxed atmosphere and do their grooming in stages.

While I love all dogs, I have to confess this is my favorite life phase.  Geriatric dogs in general are sweet and patient.  They appreciate being treated gently.  They cannot stand for long periods of time and need to have rest periods factored in.  There is something about these dogs; they have lived our lives with us.  They are our best friends.  Special considerations are always taken for older dogs.

You are encouraged to bring their beds, special toys, etc.  These will be placed in their pethouse to comfort them.  We can schedule an early morning or late day appointment to ensure the most relaxing, stress-free environment. Massage will be incorporated into their grooming process.

Training is maintained according to your dogs’ ability.  Light exercise is recommended for weight maintenance.  Over exertion should be avoided.  Older dogs tend to be smellier and may need to be bathed more frequently.  It’s important to keep up with their grooming at home.  Brushing their coat will minimize their time in the Salon.  Brushing their teeth will help eliminate bad breath; tartar and plaque can affect their health.

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