How to Calm an American Bulldog Before Grooming

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10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Unlike many dogs, Bulldogs actually seem to like being groomed. However, this doesn’t mean your pup won't fuss and struggle at first as they get used to the idea of sitting still and being groomed. All dogs tend to be nervous around the hairbrush, nail clippers, or any of the other tools you plan to use. The big trick here is to work with your pup until they are relaxed and calmed down enough for you to be able to successfully groom them. The best thing you can do is start working with your pup the moment you bring them into your home. 

Dog's Perspective

The American Bulldog is a very low maintenance breed, in fact, many owners consider them to be a "wash 'n go" breed. When your pup is young, they won't like being handled or brushed, but with plenty of practice, you can teach your pup to calm down before you groom him and to remain calm while you are making him look his best. 

The Calm Mind Method

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Before you start
Before you start, you need to choose a location in your home where you can set up a grooming table for your pup. Then add in some nice relaxing music in the background, this will help your dogto remain calm.
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Fresh, relaxing smell
Add an essential oil diffuser with lavender oil to it and let it fill the air. Lavender is well-know for its calming effect on people. The good news is that lavender oil scent will have the same effect on your pooch.
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Stretch your pup's legs
Next up, time to tire your pup out with a nice long walk. Give your little fella a chance to stretch his legs, go potty, and burn off any excess energy.
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Touchy, touchy
One of the best ways to get your pup ready to be groomed is to spend time while he is little cuddling them, rubbing them all over, and touching them. The more time you spend early on, the less likely they are to be fussy and struggle while you are trying to groom them.
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Introduce the brush
Of all the issues your pup might have with being groomed, it's the tools of the trade. The brushes, combs, clippers, and shears used to groom your pup will all make him nervous. Introduce them to your pooch slowly by laying them on the floor and giving the dog plenty of time to get used to them before you start using them.
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The Rub Down Method

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One pooped pup
If you want your pup to remain calm during the grooming process, the first step is to take him out for a nice long walk. Since most American Bulldogs like to be groomed, this may be enough to settle your dog down.
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Loving, touching, feeling
Most dogs don't care to be touched, so your next step is to start out from day one touching and handling your pup all over. Be sure to pay close attention to his paws, face, tail, genitals, and face.
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Going in deep
If you really want your pup to calm down, try giving a nice all over body massage. This should help your pooch to calm down by loosening his muscles and relaxing them.
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The right atmosphere
Turn that room into a grooming station by turning on some quiet and relaxing music. This will help your pup to relax and remain calmer, making it much easier for you to groom him.
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You've met your match
At this point, it is time for you to introduce the dreaded brush to your pup. Let them sniff at it, look at it, and if they feel so inclined, lick it. Give your pup plenty of time to get used to the brush before you attempt to actually use it on their fur.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Even though your American Bulldog might come to like being groomed, take your time getting your pooch there so you don't make it more difficult rather than easier.
  • Make sure you create a routine by grooming your pooch at the same time each week.
  • Add to the routine by using the same room in your house every time you groom.
  • Taking your pup for a nice walk is a great way to calm them down. However, be careful not to overdo it as this can result in injury.
  • Use a good boar hair brush to go over their coat as this will do the job very nicely.
  • Take your time, make it fun for your pup and they will start looking forward to their weekly grooming session.
  • Give your pup plenty of time to get used to the tools of the trade, this will go a long way towards calming them down before you use them. 

Conclusion

Just because a dog has a short coat, doesn’t mean they don't still need regular grooming. Taking the time to get your pup used to being handled and groomed at a very young age is the best way to set the stage for the future. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to remain calm and make the entire experience fun for your pup. 

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