How to Groom a Cheerful Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

There is nothing quite like being lucky enough to have a cheerful, fun loving family dog. Barney will play fetch, run around and around chasing his tail, and just about anything fun that gets everyone laughing. However, when it comes to grooming your overly happy pooch, it can be more than just a little challenging. It's not that Barney doesn't want to be groomed necessarily, more that he just can't sit still that long.

You may find it easier to groom Barney in short sessions rather than trying to keep him still for long periods of time. Keep in mind that to you 10 minutes is a very short time, but to Barney, it can seem like hours. The trick is to put all of that happy energy into what direction the grooming takes. This way both of you can have fun instead of making the whole process stressful. 

Dog's Perspective

It's not that poor Barney really wants to disobey you, more likely it's just that he is having way too much fun. Most cheerful dogs are full of energy and have a hard time sitting still. It is for you to make grooming more interesting than, say, going outside and playing. 

The Keep Busy Method

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Supplies first
For this, you need some fun toys, treats, and plenty of patience as Barney learns to settle down for his grooming. Of course, you should realize he may never be able to fully contain himself, but that's ok just keep it fun.
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Burn off
Before you even think about trying to groom your wound up pooch, you need to burn off some of that excess energy. You may never truly tire him out, but any energy you do manage to burn off is that much less you have to deal with.
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Create a relaxing atmosphere
Yes! That's right, the more relaxing you can make the room you plan to use to groom in, the better. Turn on some relaxing music, add a diffuser filled with lavender oil. Lay out some of those toys and give him one of his favorite treats.
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Enter pooch
Time to bring in your dog and let him see the tools you plan to use, give him time to sniff them and get used to their presence.
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Introduce the tools
By now your dog should be nice and relaxed. Start brushing around his head and face as these are the areas most likely to get him excited. Most dogs don't like their faces being messed with. Then work your way down his back to his tail. Follow this with his rump, then have him lie down on his side so you can do his belly and legs.
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Stages might be needed
If your fun-loving pal simply can't stay still long enough to do the whole job in one session, that's okay. Just break it up into manageable segments and be sure to use treats to reward him after each stage.
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The Nice Warm Bath Method

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It all starts with a walk
Take your dog out for a nice long walk. The idea is to give him time to go potty and at the same time wear him out. This last part may or may not be possible.
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A warm bath
Next up, time to hit the showers--or in this case a nice warm bath. Take your time here and let your pup soak in the relaxing water while you give him a good all-over shampoo and rinse.
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When he dries off
Use a towel to gently dry your dog off after his shower and give him a treat.
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4
The toys
Lay a few toys on the floor where you plan to groom him (or for smaller dogs, on the grooming table) to keep him occupied.
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Start to brush
Starting at the top of the head brush his coat out very gently, going in the direction his hair is growing.
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And to the rest
Using the toys and an occasional treat, work your way down his back to the tip of his tail. Do the outside of his legs, and then have him lie on his side. Finish up with the insides of his legs, followed by his belly. Finally, give him a treat to let him know he is a good boy!
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Caution & Considerations

  • Barney is a very energetic and cheerful dog, put that energy to work making grooming more fun.
  • Burn off as much energy as you can before you get started.
  • Let your dog get used to the grooming tools before you start using them.
  • If necessary, take short play breaks during the process to keep your dog happy and reduce stress.
  • Brushing is always the best place to start, and if you need to trim, try doing it in stages.
  • Don't be afraid to make good use of your pup's favorite treats as rewards.
  • Have plenty of toys on hand to keep him occupied. 

Conclusion

To a cheerful dog, there simply is no such thing as a bad day; every day is a good day. Remember, you don't have to do all of the grooming tasks in one session. Keep sessions short and complete his grooming in stages and you will both have a great time. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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