How to Calm a Pharoah Hound Before Grooming

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Medium
10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

The Pharaoh Hound is thought to have originated in Egypt, but to date, they have been traced back about 5,000 years to what is modern-day Turkey. They are highly intelligent and easier to train than most other breeds. However, they are also fiercely independent and do not take well to anger or punishment. All this will do is frighten your pup and make him non-responsive to your best efforts to get him calmed down enough for grooming. 

Dog's Perspective

Pharaoh Hounds are considered to be very sensitive in nature, so you need to remain calm when working with your pup. Thankfully, they have very short coats that require little more than a weekly brushing and the occasional bath. Being so sensitive also means you need to take your time letting your pup get used to being touched and to the tools you use to groom him.

The Start Out Young Method

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Slicker Brush
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From day one
One of the biggest reasons the Pharaoh Hound has a problem with being groomed is that they don't like being touched, especially in certain areas. From the moment you bring your pup home, you need to be handling him, touching him, and rubbing him. The more time you invest at an early age in this, the easier grooming time will be.
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Tuckered out
Next up, burn up some of that extra energy by taking your hound for a nice long walk. Let him sniff around, go potty, and play around a bit. The idea is that by the time you get home, he is nice and tired.
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No more, please
When you get home, you need to finish the job by taking some time to play with your pup. Remember, the more time you spend doing this, the more relaxed he will be.
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To the grooming chamber...
Well, the room you plan to groom your dog in, anyway. Call your pup in and let him see the brush you plan to use. Give him plenty of time to sniff and look at it.
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No hurry
By this time your hound should be nice and calm, ready for you to start brushing him in slow short strokes. Make it feel as if the brush is an extension of the same hand you use to rub and pet him and your pup will have a great time.
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The Touch Method

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Slicker Brush
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Let's go, Tut
Call your pooch over to you, put his leash on, and hit the trail. Since Pharaoh Hounds are very active, you need to make sure he is nice and tired.
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Set up the temple
You need a nice quiet room to groom your pooch in. You can turn on a little relaxing music in the background.
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Light the incense
Only, in this case, you should be using an essential oil diffuser and lavender oil as this has a very calming effect on both man and beast.
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All praise the Pharaoh
Slowly rub your pup's body all over, giving him a nice gentle massage. Be sure you keep talking to him in a soothing voice.
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Slow and steady
Slow and steady wins the race. Take your time massage every inch, including the areas he doesn't like being touched, such as feet, genitals, face, head, and tail. The more you rub now, the less it will bother him while you are grooming.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Even though he might not need much in the way of grooming as a puppy, you should start grooming your Pharaoh Hound from the day you bring him home so the process becomes routine.
  • Grooming on a weekly basis helps remove shedding hair, dirt, and dust.
  • Regular grooming gives you a chance to look for injuries, fleas, and ticks.
  • While it might not look like his short coat needs regular grooming, doing so once a week will help keep his coat looking sleek and shiny.
  • Take your time, let the pup set the pace, and make it fun for both of you.

Conclusion

Although your pooch might fuss and struggle a little at first, the sooner you get started the easier it will be. The more time you spend with your pup simply touching him, petting him, and rubbing every inch of his body, the easier it will be to introduce the brush and the grooming process to him. 

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