How to Groom a Friendly Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Having a fun loving, friendly family dog makes most tasks a lot easier--well, almost any task. There are times when there is such a thing as being too friendly, such as when grooming time comes around. At times like this, grooming your super-friendly fluffball in one sitting may not be possible. In order to keep an over-eager four-legged family member from injuring herself, you need to find a way to calm her down or you will need to restrain her. Of course, you can always let her friendliness make the whole process more fun for both of you. 

Dog's Perspective

Your loveable pooch is probably far more interested in giving you kisses and playing than in being groomed. Part of getting her to calm down enough to be groomed lies in tiring her out first and part in finding ways to keep her occupied while you are grooming her. 

The Keep Occupied Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
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The set up
This is the time to gather the tools you will use and lay them out in the room you plan to work in. You should also have a large supply of treats and tons of patience.
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The long and winding road
It's time to burn off some of that happy boundless energy. Put your pup on her leash and take her for a nice long hike. Make it long enough to tire her out and to give her time to pee. By the time you get home, she needs to be too tired to get excited.
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Create the grooming zone
When you bring her into the room you plan to groom in, have some relaxing music playing and a treat for her.
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Here is what I am going to do...
Give your dog a little time to look at the tools you have laid out. She might sniff at them or even lick them but give her all the time she needs to start ignoring them.
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Time to groom
Using a slicker brush, start grooming on top of your dog's head, then move your way slowly down her neck, along her back, and then down her rump. Be very gentle around her private parts. Finally, have her lie down so you can brush her legs and belly. If you do this once a week, your dog will come to expect it and be ready for it.
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The Have a Spa Day Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
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Towel
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Stroll time
Go for a nice long stroll with your dog. Take it slow and steady, giving her a chance to pee and say 'hi' to anyone who comes by. By the time you get home, she should be all tuckered out.
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Your bath is ready
Run a nice warm bath for your dog. Using a vet-approved shampoo, give her a relaxing massage as you shampoo her. Be sure to rinse the shampoo out of her coat completely or it could irritate her skin.
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3
Towel dry, please, hold the air
Gently rub your girl dry with a nice soft towel and give her a treat.
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Give her something to do
Time to keep her distracted so you can get on with the job. Lay out a few of her favorite toys to keep her occupied while you work.
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A new style, if you please
Start brushing the top of her head and work your magic with the brush all the way down her spine. Do her rump and tail next and then finish up by having her lie down so you can groom her belly. Now that your gal is looking stunning, give her a treat and let her go show off her new do!
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Caution & Considerations

  • Take advantage of your dog's friendliness to make the whole process go more easily.
  • Give your pooch plenty of time to get used to the tools, this will make things go more easily.
  • Use the walk to burn some¬†of that friendly energy before you start.
  • Use your dog's favorite treats to reward her and to redirect attention.
  • If you need to use clippers or shears to trim your dog's hair, be sure they have sharp blades.
  • Keep plenty of toys on hand to redirect her attention when she starts getting restless.¬†

Conclusion

All your friendly fur-baby wants to do is play, love, and be loved. When it comes to being groomed, she would probably rather be doing something else, though. Take your time, distract her with toys or treats when she starts to fidget and repeat this on a weekly basis to keep her looking her best. She may even come to see grooming as a great chance to get some one-on-one time with you.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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