How to Groom a Large, Destructive Dog

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week


If your dog has become destructive, this behavior can lead to ruined furniture, shredded carpets, and a virtually unlimited potential for damage to anything your pooch can wrap his jaws around. When he is a puppy and teething, you can redirect this need to chew onto acceptable items like toys and bones. However, if you have a larger dog, this need to chew can be tougher to deal with and can make grooming seem almost impossible. While you could muzzle your dog, a much better way is to teach him how to remain calm and relaxed when it's time to groom him. 

Dog's Perspective

Most dogs will teethe when they are puppies, just like babies. But, like babies, they should grow out of it. When your pup gets a little older and has not stopped chewing, it could be because he is bored or has something wrong with his teeth. Beyond a medical or dental issue, there are ways you can train him not to feel the need to chew and to remain relaxed during grooming. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Since your dog is destructive in nature and probably a bit wound up, it is vital for you to remain calm during the whole grooming process.
  • Keep working on redirecting the dog's attention when he starts to chew on the wrong things or tries to nip at you during grooming.
  • Make sure you give your pooch plenty of time to get used to the tools you plan to use. This will make it much easier for both of you.
  • Plan to groom your dog on a weekly basis. This is good for his health and for the health of his coat, but also making grooming a regular event will help desensitize him to the process.
  • Grooming is a good time to check your dog over for injuries or parasites. 


Even the most destructive of dogs need to be groomed on a weekly basis. Your mission, should you accept it, is to teach your pup how to remain calm and relaxed during the grooming process. Using toys or chew bones to redirect his attention will help make grooming go more smoothly and less painfully for both of you. With a little work, he will outgrow this destructive behavior and learn to love being groomed. 

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