How to Calm a Dogue De Bordeaux Before Grooming

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Medium
10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

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. 

The So Sleepy Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Flea Comb
Comb
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Pick a trail
Start out by choosing a walking trail or sidewalks in a quiet part of town to take your pup for a walk on. Choose one that will let you take a long enough walk to tire him out; the fewer distractions, the better.
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Play with your wrinkly friend
Even though he might be a bit tired already, there is no reason why you shouldn't play with him when you get home. This should help calm him down from the walk and it’s a good time to bond with him.
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It's touchy-feely time
During playtime you need to spend plenty of time touching your pooch all over.
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Hit those sensitive spots
Be sure to get him used to having someone touching his tail, his ears, his paws, and his private area.
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Bring in the tools
Lastly, take the tools you plan to use during grooming such as combs, brushes, shears, and clippers out on the grooming table or floor in front of your pup. Give him plenty of time to get used to them before you proceed on to the next step, grooming him.
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The Every Dog Has His Time Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Flea Comb
Comb
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Pick the perfect time
All dogs have certain times of the day during which their energy levels are at their lowest ebb. To find out when this is for your four-legged friend, all you have to do is watch him for a few days. Note when he lays down to take a nap.
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The groom room
Consistency is very important no matter what you are training your pup to do. Using the same place in your home each time for grooming will help keep him calm. Create the perfect atmosphere with some soft music playing in the background and some lavender essential oil in the diffuser. Also, be sure you have some of his favorite treats on hand.
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On the road again, I just can't wait
To get on the road again. In other words, pop your pup on his leash and take him for a nice long relaxing walk. Make sure it's long enough that he gets nice and tired, goes potty, and generally returns home in a nice relaxed frame of mind.
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Introduce the tools
Starting with the brush, pick up each tool you need to use and hold them where your furry friend can see them, sniff at them, and yes, if he feels the need, lick at them.
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The more time you spend
The more time you spend helping your pup enter a nice state of relaxed calm, the easier it will be to get him to let you take care of this weekly task. Remember, you need to remain calm even when he isn't, this will help him to see the error of his ways.
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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. 

Conclusion

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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