How to keep my dog calm while grooming?

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How to keep my dog calm while grooming?

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Does your dog get stressed while getting groomed? Do those quick trips to the veterinary clinic for a nail trim cause your dog anxiety? If so, many different things can be done to help keep your dog calm.

What does dog grooming intail?

When your dog goes to the groomer, your dog may get anything from just a bath to a full haircut, shampoo, nails trimmed and polished and teeth brushing. There are many different levels of grooming care that your dog can receive based on where you take them and what you request to be done. Many dogs start off going to the groomer early in their lives, and they get used to what happens at the groomer.

There are many tips and tricks to help decrease stress and keep your dog calm while they are being groomed.

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Allow your dog to explore grooming products

Before starting to groom your dog, let them smell all the grooming tools that you will use. Turn on the clippers and let them hear the noise that they make. At first, start slow with grooming and let your dog look and smell of all the tools that you will be using.

Play soothing music

Soothing music will help them stay calm. Playing classical or jazz music while you groom your dogs will help keep them calm and relaxed. Sometimes even having lower lighting in the room will help keep them quiet

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Grooming after playtime

Sometimes it helps to groom your dog when they are tired. Going outside for a long walk or playing catch for an hour before getting groomed will help them be more still. When they are tired, they are more likely to sit still and not fight you during their grooming.

Take breaks

Yorkie getting a hair trimming from a groomer

If they have very long hair and you are needing to shave them down short give them breaks every 30 minutes. This will keep them from getting stressed. When puppies first start going to the groomer, it may take them all day to get their hair cut because the groomer will usually groom them in short sessions to allow them to get used to being groomed.

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Stop grooming when it becomes "too much."

Sometimes your dog will just have had too much. This is an excellent time to stop for the day. You do not want to stress your dog out while grooming. If they are continually whining or growling at you, stopping for the day and trying again in the next few days will be the best.

Reward when calm and still

When your pet is very quiet, still, and allows you to groom them, reward themfor their excellent behavior. Giving them treats while they are getting groomed or while bathing them is an excellent way to help them stay calm. Many people will smear peanut butter on the bath wall and allow the dog to lick it off while they are getting groomed. This helps keep your pet's mind off the bath time and calm and still while they receive their bath.

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