Taking your big dog to the groomers every month for a full grooming can be pretty expensive, no matter how you look at it. Thankfully, you do have another option. You could put all that money in your pocket and take care of grooming him yourself. On top of this, spending time every week brushing and grooming your dog is a great way to bond with him and to check him over for fleas, ticks, cuts, nicks, scrapes, and just about anything that might cause him problems. The good news is that once you have learned how to groom your dog, the whole process can take less than half an hour.
Your dog probably thinks he does a good enough job grooming himself with his tongue. He probably doesn't care if his hair is perfectly brushed or not. In fact, the sight and sound of the brushes, combs, shears, and clippers could make your pup nervous, which will only make things worse. One way to help with this is to take your pup for a long walk to tire him out and calm him down before you get started.
There is far more to grooming your dog than bathing, brushing, and trimming. It is the perfect time for the two of you to get up close and personal, bonding with each other. Once you get over being nervous about grooming your dog, you will look forward to spending this special time with your four-legged friend.