As great as they are, it's not practical for most of us to have a grooming table at home. Working on your dog without one makes grooming more challenging, but there are a few ways to adapt to that will allow you to reach your dog and keep him in place for grooming. A little creativity goes a long way when working without a grooming table!
A grooming table usually has good traction, is stable, and has a restraint that makes your dog feel secure and prevents him from trying to jump off the table. Makeshift home solutions that do not feel secure to your dog can be frightening. Make sure whatever method you use, your dog has good footing and is not likely to jump off an elevated surface and injure himself.
When using a raised surface, make sure it is adequate to support your dog's weight. Most household furniture is only suitable for a small to medium dog. For their safety, large dogs should be groomed from the floor if a grooming table is not available, or on a very sturdy table, like a wood picnic table.
While using a grooming table is ideal to restrain your dog and give him a secure surface where you can easily reach and work with grooming tools, this is not always feasible. Several household surfaces can be adapted and used to elevate your dog and provide secure footing--just be sure to have someone helping to ensure your dog does not take a flying leap while you are working. Alternately, you can always work from the floor by laying out the tools you need, containing your dog in a small area like a bathroom, and encouraging him to remain standing with an object between his legs, under his belly.