How to Calm a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Before Grooming

Medium
10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

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. 

The Three T Method

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Tired
One of the reasons your buddy gets a little weird when you try to groom him is quite simply that he doesn't like being touched on certain areas of his body. The thing is, it takes a lot of energy to act nervous and stressed, a situation you can do something about by taking him for a nice long walk before you try to groom him.
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Create his personal spa
Choose a room in your house you will always use to groom him and turn it into his personal spa. Add some nice soothing music playing in the background and keep a bowl of treats handy.
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Add that magical touch
Give the space a final magical touch by adding some lavender essential oil to a diffuser and turning it on for a few minutes before you call your pup in. Lavender oil has very soothing properties that will work for your pup just as well as it works for you.
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Have a nice talk
Nothing is more calming to your pup when he is being introduced to a new situation better than the sound of your voice. Keep talking to him using your best soothing voice. Tell him what a good boy he is, anything at all, your voice alone will help to calm him down and keep him there.
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The three Ts
The last part of the three Ts method is time. Now that you have Tired him out and Talked to him, you need to spend as much Time as you can touching him and letting him set the pace. Before long he will submit to being groomed with a smile on his face.
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The Out to Play Method

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Out to play
Grooming day is the perfect time to take Buddy out to the dog park for a good romp with his buddies. Let him spend plenty of time playing and tiring him out.
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Personal time
Time to go home, let your pup get a drink and then it's time to get in some cuddle time. The sooner you start this with your pup, the faster he will learn to love being touched.
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Body rub
While you have your pup comfortably cuddled in your lap, go ahead and give him a nice all-over body rub, pay close attention to his paws, private areas, face, and tail.
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Say hello
Buddy, say hello to your brush. Gently bring the brush up to where he can see it and sniff at it. Give him plenty of time to get used to it before you try to use it.
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Easy does it
Gently start brushing your pup's coat in short, slow strokes. The more time you take in the beginning the sooner he will get used to being brushed and the more he will enjoy it.
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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. 

Conclusion

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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