How to Calm a Newfoundland Before Grooming

10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week


As you probably already know, the Newfoundland or "Newfie" is a very large dog. In fact, the puppies are bigger than many smaller breed dogs are when full grown. They also have very heavy coats, with a soft, dense undercoat and a long coarse outer coat. A coat like this take lots of regular grooming to keep it in good shape and your pup looking his best. But, as gentle a dog as the Newfie is, you will still need to teach him to be calm and relaxed before and during grooming.

Dog's Perspective

Most Newfies are far more interested in playing around with their family and having a good time than they are being groomed. On top of this, even a big dog can be scared of the tools needed to groom him. The good news is that the more you work with your pooch, the less stressed he will be when it's time for his weekly grooming. 

Caution & Considerations

  • If your Newfie is still a puppy, you can substitute the walk for extended play time until he is old enough to go for walks on a leash.
  • There is nothing wrong with using a few treats as rewards during training.
  • As you brush your pup, if you come across any mats in his fur, use the de-matting tool or a pair of sharp shears to remove them. Trying to brush or comb them out can prove to be very painful for your pooch.
  • If you use shears, be sure they are sharp and that they have rounded safety tips to help reduce the risk of injuring your pup.
  • Keeping to a regular grooming schedule, including day and time, will help calm your pup down by getting him used to knowing when and where the grooming is going to happen.
  • Be sure to go slow, going fast can result in unnecessary pain if you rip out his hair.
  • The more you work with your pooch, the less stressed he will be when grooming time comes around. 


Grooming very large dog presents challenges all on its own, but when your dog is scared or nervous about being groomed, you need to invest some time in teaching him to be calm before starting. Keep in mind, the calmer you are, the calmer your Newfie will be when grooming time comes around. 

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