How to Groom a Large, Cheerful Dog

Medium
20 - 40 Minutes
6 Weeks

Introduction

Grooming your large breed pup comes with its own challenges, size being a rather large challenge for some. But when your large dog is also overly cheerful, you’ll likely spend much of your time laughing at your big guy or redirecting him so he will stay still long enough for you to get something done. Cheerful dogs are easy going but often full of energy. This might mean you need to take grooming tasks in stages or keep your pup occupied while in each stage. 

Let your big cheery dog's energy drive the grooming tasks. He'll feel in control, and you'll laugh enough to have fun. Make this stress-free instead of stressful.  

Dog's Perspective

Your large, cheerful dog might be a bit too busy to pause long enough to want to groom. He might be eager to get out and play, or he might be restless or impatient while you are grooming. You can keep him entertained with toys and even with rewards such as treats after the minor task. 

The Bathe and Cut Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Scissors
Clipper
Towel
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Brush
Brush your big dog. Get excited about brushing and give him treats after each section of his body to keep him focused. Your big dog is a happy guy. Keep him this way by keeping your brushing session short and rewarding while detangling and prepping his fur for a bath and cut.
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Bathe
Wherever you bathe your dog, wet him down and wash him from head to tail. Be sure to scrub his belly, legs, and potty areas as well. To keep him entertained and happy while bathing, give him something tasty to chew on or small treats throughout the bath. You can bathe him in a tub, a shower, or even outside with a hose.
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Brush again
Once your pup is washed, rinsed, and towel dried, brush his fur again to smooth it and remove any tangles or loose fur. Give Fido lots of tasty treats throughout the brushing to keep him happy and focused.
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Play
Once you are done brushing, let your dog play a bit. Play along with him and allow him to release some excess energy.
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Clip or cut
Clipper cut your big guy's fur using scissors or clippers. Start at the neck and move your clippers or scissors down towards his tail end. Be sure to cut in straight lines and trim carefully around his ears, paws, and potty areas.
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Treat
When you are done trimming your dog, give him a treat and a little bit of play time or cuddle time to congratulate him on a job well done.
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The Separate Grooming Tasks Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Clipper
Towel
Toothbrush
Step
1
Brushing
Any time you need to brush your large and cheerful pup, do so before bedtime or first thing in the morning before breakfast. In these times, your dog might be sleepy with less energy. Brush him using a brush appropriate for his coat such as a pin brush or a slicker brush. Start at the head and neck, moving down the chest and then to his sides and back ending with his tummy, legs, and tail.
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Bathing
To bathe a large, cheerful dog you are going to want to maintain his attention and focus by making bath time fun and rewarding and feeding off of his energy. You can bathe just before bedtime when he's sleepy, just ensure he has plenty of time to dry before lying down for the night.
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Washing
When you bathe your large dog, be sure to use an appropriate shampoo for his fur and skin. Oatmeal shampoos work great for soothing dry, itchy skin and maintaining a healthy coat. Wash your dog with a liberal amount of warm water and shampoo scrubbing him from head to tail. Be sure to rinse well, removing all the shampoo, and then towel and air dry or dry with a dryer before allowing your pup to go to bed.
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Trimming
If your big guy doesn't have the attention span to do all grooming tasks at one time, trim him on a separate day from his baths. Make these trimming sessions short using scissors or clippers. Trim long fur in an even straight line on his body legs and tail.
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Facial
When your large dog is so incredibly happy, he doesn't want to waste time doing all grooming tasks at once. So you can spend a few minutes only working on his face when you can get his attention for long enough to do so. Use a fine-tooth comb to brush the fur down from his face. A warm wet washcloth will help clean his face and a short pair of trimming scissors or thinning shears will help to groom beards and long fur.
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Paws and claws
Again, make this task separate from all others if your cheerful pup doesn't have the attention span to give you for a longer-term in session. Wipe down your big guy's paws with a warm wet washcloth and use nail clippers to clip his nails one at a time. A short set of trimming shears will help to keep any fur between paw pads and toes neat and tidy.
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Ear cleaning
On a separate day, get your pup’s ears clean by using an ear wash solution or apple cider and water. Pour the solution into the ear canal let it sit for several minutes. Then massage it by rubbing the outside of the ear close to his skull. Spend a moment with your dog outside releasing some of his happy energy while he shakes the solution out of his ears. When this is complete, use a wet wipe just to wipe any excess debris from areas you can see just inside his ear.
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Oral health
Separating toothbrushing from other grooming tasks will help your big guy stay focused and happy. Use a toothbrush and dog toothpaste or baking soda and water to gently and quickly brush your dog's teeth on a regular basis. Just put the toothbrush inside his mouth, hold it at a 45-degree angle and brush as close as you can to his gums and around each tooth. Give him a treat and some playtime when you're done.
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Other tasks
Your dog is going to require other grooming tasks throughout the week or month. Just keep these short and simple and separate them from longer, time-consuming tasks. Brush your dog on a regular basis to keep him smelling fresh and his fur from becoming tangled and to maintain a neat and tidy appearance. Other tasks can be done one at a time on different days.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Your cheerful dog is energetic and happy. Feed his pep with your energy and excitement.
  • Your big pup will be happy to let you groom him as long as he’s able to burn off energy while grooming.
  • Turn your grooming sessions into fun playtime.
  • It might take a bit longer than expected to groom a larger, cheerful dog, but it will also be more fun than grooming a dog who isn’t happy about the tasks at hand.
  • Break up grooming tasks and give your pup some play time in between.
  • Always start by brushing your large dog and give him treats while brushing. This will help hold his attention long enough to get through this part of grooming.
  • If your dog is overly excited, make sure he sits still long enough to get through scissoring and clipping so as not to cause injuries.
  • Consider taking your pup to a do-it-yourself bathing shop to get him out. If he’s cheerful enough, it might be exciting to bathe elsewhere before coming home for clipping.
  • Change up other routines as well for grooming tasks. You can shower your dog or bathe him outside in warm summer months for a change of scenery.

Conclusion

Your large cheerful dog never has a ruff day. Don't let grooming him be stressful either. It's not necessary for all grooming to happen all in one day at the same time. Break up these tasks and give yourself some cheer as well with shorter grooming times.

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