How to Calm a Great Dane Before Grooming

Medium
10 - 40 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Fortunately, your Great Dane does not need a lot of grooming, at least not frequently, because there is a lot of real estate to cover!  Great Danes are short and smooth-haired and usually only require brushing a few times a week and more thorough grooming every few weeks, to address ears, feet, and other soiled areas and to trim hair when and where necessary. If your Great Dane is a chill kind of fellow, this is no problem. If he is a little more high strung and energetic, calming your rather large friend before grooming may be necessary so you can adequately inspect all his nooks and crannies to remove dirt and extra hair and check for conditions that need to be addressed. 

An excited or agitated Great Dane is going to be difficult to work with and calming him so he cooperates when you groom him is going to be necessary. Because let's face it, you probably can't outmuscle him like you can a Toy Poodle!

Dog's Perspective

Great Danes can be very relaxed, or very energetic and high strung, depending on the individual dog. A high energy, large dog, in an elevated mood, who is excited about a new situation can be very difficult to work with, especially if you need him to stay still while you groom him. This is frustrating for you, and frustrating for your Great Dane.  Taking steps to calm your big beautiful friend prior to grooming will make the experience much more pleasant for everyone concerned.

Caution & Considerations

  • Make sure your Great Dane has secure footing while being groomed as Great Danes can slip and injure their hips easily.
  • Do not rush through grooming your Great Dane, as this will create an excitable situation which will create problems next time you go to groom your dog.
  • If using aromatherapy, make sure you use a calming scent that is non-toxic to dogs.
  • Keep sessions short if your Great Dane becomes agitated so you or your dog do not get injured in a power struggle.

Conclusion

Grooming your Great Dane can be a challenge if your dog is moving around, trying to leave or is generally excited and anxious. Burning off extra energy before grooming can be helpful, as can being prepared so you don't have to interrupt preparation to get grooming items. Work confidently and calmly and do not surprise or rush your Great Dane when getting ready to groom. If you project a calm demeanor, it will rub off on your dog. Make grooming a quiet, enjoyable time for both of you, and future grooming sessions will require less preparation to create calm for your dog.

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