How to Calm a Pit Bull Before Grooming

Medium
10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Contrary to popular opinion, the Pit Bull is a loving family dog who develops a keen sense of dependence on his human "pack." Once you develop a strong bond with your Bully, the two of you will become virtually inseparable and you will need to spend plenty of time every day together. One important step in helping to teach your pup to remain calm before being groomed is to ensure he masters basic obedience commands as quickly as possible. This will help with all other forms of training, including teaching your dog how to tolerate--even enjoy--grooming sessions.

Dog's Perspective

Truth be told, Buster doesn't really care how often he gets groomed or, for that matter, if he gets groomed. At the same time, he is probably more than a little scared of the brush and of being touched on his sensitive areas. It is very important that you take your time working your way to the point where he is calm enough to be groomed. 

Caution & Considerations

  • The younger your pup is when start working on grooming, the easier it will be for him to get used to it.
  • Just because Bullies have short hair and don't require much in the way of grooming doesn't mean Buster shouldn't be groomed--and prepared to cooperate. Keep to a regular grooming schedule as this will help keep his coat clean and shiny.
  • You should give your dog a light brushing on a weekly basis.
  • This is a good time to check for fleas, ticks, and injuries.
  • Take your time and let Buster set the pace, it will make things go much easier. 

Conclusion

While Buster might struggle a bit when he is a puppy, this should not go on for long as most dogs will calm down as they mature. Keep working with your pup, take your time, and let Buster set the pace. Use this time to bond with Buster in a way that no other chore, task, or form of play can do. 

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