How to Calm a Czechoslovakian Vlcak Before Grooming

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Hard
10 - 60 Minutes
2 Weeks

Introduction

The Czechoslovakian Vlcak is a hybrid developed in Czechoslovakia by crossing a German Shepherd with a wolf. The result was a dog with the majestic looks of the wolf along with the personality of the German Shepherd. Your pooch is highly intelligent, very active, and likes to play rough. The Vlcak can be particularly challenging as they tend to become easily bored with repetitive actions. It is vital that you invest significant time in socializing your pooch as this will help him become calmer and more apt to accept the fact he must submit to grooming. 

Dog's Perspective

The typical Czechoslovakian Vlcak doesn’t care for being groomed, which is going to make getting your hound to submit to a good brushing, let alone a bath, very challenging. These guys tend to be quite dominant, so from the moment you bring your four-legged friend home, you need to establish your position as Alpha in your pack (family). This will make it easier for you to work on training him. 

The Rewards Method

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Shopping first
If you don't already have a plentiful supply of your pup's favorite treats on hand, you need to go shopping. The Czechoslovakian Vlcak learns fastest by using reward-based training methods.
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Stretch his legs
While you are not likely to exhaust or even tire out your pup as an adult, you can do so while he is a pup. So, to calm him down for grooming, go ahead and take him for a nice 30 to 45-minute walk.
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Play with your pup
When you get home, spend a little extra time playing with him and giving him a treat for being a good boy. The more time you spend touching him, ruffling his fur, and touching areas like his paws, tail, ears, and belly, the more comfortable he will become with being touched.
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A good rub down
Everyone loves a good rub down and if you have reached the point at which your pooch is letting you touch him, it's time to up the ante. Start giving your pup a good rub down. Try giving him a nice massage to help relax him.
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Create a nice place for grooming
Everyone, even dogs, respond to music. The right relaxing music playing in the background can help further relax your pup, as can using aromatherapy. By this point your furry fried should be ready to take the next step, which is grooming him. Remember, you can use treats all along the way to reward him for keeping his cool.
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The Right Time of Day Method

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Every dog has his time
Every dog has that one time of the day when his energy levels are at a low ebb. This is the perfect time for you to groom your pup. Typically, this time is around late afternoon or early evening.
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Room to groom
Choose a room in your home that is out of the way and in a quieter area. Use the same room each time during the training phase as this will help keep him calmer and more relaxed. Add some soft music, maybe a little lavender oil in the diffuser.
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Stretch his legs
While the room is filling with the scent of the essential oils is a good time to take your pup out for a nice long walk This will only work while he is a puppy as you will find it almost impossible to tire him out once he is an adult. But at least a good walk will give him time to go potty and calm down.
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Take him in
Take your pup into the room you have chosen, give him a nice treat and a few minutes to get used to being in the room.
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Introduce him the brush
Since Vlcaks don't particularly care for being groomed, take your time introducing your pup to the brush. Go slowly, working over your pup's coat in short strokes at first. It may take a few weeks for your pup to finally calm down sufficiently to be groomed and he may never relax completely, but that is just his nature.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Given the nature of this hybrid, you may find muzzling to be a good idea as it will stop your pup from trying to nip at you.
  • Even though you may not be able to completely tire your pooch out with a walk, just going for one will help to settle him down.
  • Use plenty of treats to help your pup see when he is getting things right, he will appreciate them and work harder to please you.
  • Always work in a quiet part of your home and at a quiet time of the day, this will also help to calm him down.
  • Be sure you instill in your pup a sense of who is the Alpha in his family or pack. 

Conclusion

The Czechoslovakian Vlcak is very strong and powerful dog that will take a lot of hard work and time to train. They are recommended only for those who have experience working with this type of dog. But, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can train your pooch to relax for his grooming sessions. 

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