How to Calm a Dogue De Bordeaux Before Grooming

10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week


For the most part, the Dogue De Bordeaux or French Mastiff is a very self-assured pup with a very serious face. Although this breed has been around for a very long time, it rose to prominence in the public thanks to the Tom Hanks' movie Turner & Hooch. They are an excellent companion who will stop at nothing to protect his family. Overall, they have a very calm nature, which should make them easy to groom, but on occasion, they can be stubborn and excitable making grooming a challenge.

Dog's Perspective

The good news is that your pup has a short coat that is very easy to groom and only needs to be brushed on a weekly basis to remove dirt and debris. At the same time, you need to carefully wipe out the countless folds and wrinkles to help prevent skin infections. 

Caution & Considerations

  • While Dogue De Bordeaux are typically calm and mild-mannered dogs around their families, they are also very powerful.
  • The more time you spend teaching your pup to be calm the easier he will be to groom when the time comes.
  • As your pup matures, you will need to extend the walks to ensure he is still nice and tired by the time you get home.
  • Be sure to reward your pup with treats when he is behaving himself and doing things the right way.
  • Using the same place in your home for grooming every time will also help to calm him down.
  • Take your time introducing your pup to the grooming tools and the whole grooming process. This will go a long way towards helping him stay calm. 


Just because your Dogue De Bordeaux gets nervous around the grooming tools is no reason to waste money taking him to the puppy parlor. What you really need to do is spend as much time as you can working with him and reassuring him so that by the time you break out the grooming tools, he has literally no interest in what's going on. 

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