How to Calm a Bully Kutta Before Grooming

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Hard
10 - 20 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

The Bully Kutta is considered a very aggressive and dominant breed that is recommended for experienced dog owners. They are not normally recommended for families with children, yet will defend their families to the death. They tend to be a bit shy around other dogs and strangers, and as you might imagine can be a bit of a handful when it comes time to groom them. Thankfully, they are an average shedding breed that requires little more than a good brushing or combing. They should only be bathed when necessary.

Dog's Perspective

The reality is simple, Bully Kuttas can be a handful when they are puppies, but if you don’t start working with your four-legged friend as soon as you bring him home, he can become a bigger handful. The longer you wait, the harder it will be. Remember your pooch doesn't really care if he is groomed or not. But, you can bet he cares about you and that brush you have in your hand. 

The It's All About Calm Method

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Start out right
The best way to calm your furry friend down is to start out on the right foot. Which means taking him for a nice long walk. You need to go far enough that he is tired by the time you get back home.
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Play that funky music
Music helps to soothe and calm both humans and animals alike. Try putting on some nice soothing music in the room you plan to groom your hound in. Keep it relaxing or ol' Max might get excited and start dancing along.
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Make it smell so good
The smell of lavender essential oil has a wonderfully calming effect. With this in mind, try a little aromatherapy in the grooming room. Get a diffuser started early so the room is filled with the relaxing smell of lavender.
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See me, feel me, touch me
Call your dog over to you and using a calm tone of voice, gently fuss over him, telling him he's a good boy, that you're not going to hurt him. All the while you should be gently touching him and rubbing him all over. This will help him become used to being touched.
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Brush up on his grooming
Time to gently introduce the stiff bristled boar hair brush. Let him see it and sniff it, then start gently grooming his coat. It will take a little time before he begins to accept the fact he must learn to endure grooming, but in time it will happen.
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The No Big Deal Method

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Let your pup take you for a walk
Given the size of the average Bully Kutta pup, chances are good that your fuzzball will soon be taking you for a ride, if you let him. Taking him for a nice long hike will help to tire him out, which in turn will affect how ornery your pooch gets when you try to groom him.
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Desensitize your pup
Since grooming involves a lot of touching and Bullies don't really like being touched a lot, it is up to you to desensitize your pup to being touched. The best way to do this, is to touch your pup frequently. Rub his belly, his legs, his ears, face, head, tail, and of course his feet. The more time you spend touching and bonding with your pup, the faster he is likely to take to being groomed without fussing.
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Spa day
Your furry friend will think it's his special day when you reach the point at which he will allow you to give him a nice all over body massage. This will help him become even more relaxed, making it easier for you to groom him.
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Add a little atmosphere
There is nothing wrong with creating a nice relaxing atmosphere in the room where you plan to do the grooming. A little calm music is a wonderful way to help keep your pup nice and calm while you are grooming him.
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Brush meets dog
By now your pooch should be so calm and relaxed that nothing short of an atom bomb should faze him. This is the time to introduce him to his new best friend, the boar hair bristle brush. Start off slowly and gently, giving your pup plenty of time to get used to being brushed.
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Caution & Considerations

  • If for any reason you think your Bully might try to bite you, consider using a muzzle for your safety and that of your pup.
  • There is no reason to rush the grooming process, it can be a great time for the two of you to bond.
  • Always groom your pooch in the same quiet room in your house.
  • Give your Bully plenty of time to get used to the brush and if you need to use them, the shears.
  • If you need to use shears, be sure they are nice and sharp and have rounded safety tips. 

Conclusion

Because of their sheer size and strength, Bully Kuttas can be challenging to groom, but if you start working with your pup from day one when you bring him home, he should get used to it very quickly. Thankfully, you should only need to bathe this breed a few times a year or less. 

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