How to Calm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Before Grooming

10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the result of a careful breeding of the Bulldog with a small terrier to create a small, muscular dog. These dogs are highly intelligent, brave beyond belief, and have an incredible sense of humor. They have plenty of energy and are incredibly strong, yet sweet-tempered. However, they are highly active and may not take to standing for grooming well at first.

Dog's Perspective

From your pooch's point of view, he really doesn't need to be groomed. Oh, and that brush makes him very nervous. In his mind, he is probably thinking something like, "Hey dad wouldn't you rather be outside going for a walk or playing?" It will take some time to train him to be calm enough for you to groom him. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Start working on grooming as soon as you bring your pup home by getting him used to being touched.
  • Regular grooming (weekly) will help keep your pup's coat looking nice and shiny.
  • Use this time to check your buddy over for injuries and parasites.
  • Go slow, let your dog set the pace. This will be far less stressful for him.
  • If you see any signs of serious cuts or injuries, be sure to take your pup in to see his vet for a full checkup and to treat the injury. 


Although Buddy might have a short coat that you might think doesn't need much in the way of grooming, this is not the case. You should groom your pooch once a week, whether he looks like he needs it or not. This is good for his health and a great way to bond with him.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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