Start out Young!
We always suggest bringing your puppy in for grooming at an early age. The earlier you start the better in the long run. Even if your puppy doesn't need a haircut or anything, bringing him or her in for just a bath and nail trim will help get your puppy socialized to the grooming process and make things less stressful on them in the long run!
Keep up the care at Home!
Depending on your breed of dog there is still grooming maintenance that needs to be done at home. If you have a long haired or thick coated breed regular brushing (to the skin) can mean the difference between needing to be shaved completely down at your next appointment or getting the cute puppy cut you want! Even short haired breeds need to have their nails routinely trimmed! If nails are allowed to get too long it can actually affect the way the dog walks.
Maintain a regular Grooming schedule!
Most grooms last 4-6 weeks (depending on the groom). If you like a particular cut then the dogs need to see the groomer on a regular basis. Going too long in between grooms can affect what the groomer is able to do based on the condition of your dog!