How to Groom a Large, Noisy Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Weeks

Introduction

One of the best ways to avoid having to groom a large, noisy dog, is to train him not to bark. But, even then, some dogs simply do not know how to stay quiet. This can especially true if the dog likes to play, as he is just as likely to see grooming as just another form of play. The trick is to take all of that noisy energy and channel it into making each grooming session fun for both of you. Keep in mind that you should be grooming your dog on a weekly basis or more often if needed. You should also check with your vet to see how often your dog should be bathed. 

Dog's Perspective

Keep in mind that just because you don't mind the sound of your happy hound's barking, the rest of your family might get a little frustrated, not to mention your neighbors. Your best bud is just trying to let everyone know just how happy he is, and barking is the only way he has. He might also be just a little bit anxious around the grooming tools you will be using. This will go away as he gets used to being groomed, as long as you take care to get him comfortable with the process.

The Workout First Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Scissors
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Clipper
Dremel
Nail File
Towel
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Hit the road
Take your dog out for a nice long walk. The more you can tire him out, the less he is likely to bark. Give him time to take care of business and bring him home tired but not exhausted. Give him a treat.
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2
Bubble bath time
Time to run a nice lukewarm bath. Give your dog a nice scrubbing down with a vet-approved soap or shampoo. Rinse him down thoroughly, making sure you remove all traces of shampoo, parasites, burrs, dirt, and anything else in his coat. Another treat will help keep him settled.
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Grooming station
While your dog's coat is drying off, go ahead and set up your grooming station. Choose a room with an easy to clean floor. Add some toys to keep your client distracted while you work. Lay out the tools you plan to use where your dog can see them and bring him in. Give him plenty of time to sniff at the tools and get used to them. Treats here are a good way to help him chill out.
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Around the bases
Start brushing his head, face, neck, and chest. Following the way his hair grows, brush his back, sides, and rump. Finally, have him roll over and brush out his belly, legs, and paws. Keep talking to him and use treats to reward him for staying quiet.
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Nails trimmed
Now that his fur is all nice and clean, time to trim his nails using the appropriate size cutters. Be sure you use either a Dremel tool or file to smooth out the sharp edges.
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Teeth brushed
Finish up by using a dog toothbrush and vet-approved toothpaste to brush his teeth and gums thoroughly. Now your buddy is ready to take on the world. Give him a doggy dental stick as a reward for keeping his cool during grooming.
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The Keep Busy Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Clipper
Dremel
Nail File
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Gather in the supplies you need
Start by making sure you have plenty of treats, a few new toys, and your dog's leash.
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2
Build your groom room
You need a nice quiet, relaxing atmosphere if you want your dog to stay calm and quiet during grooming time. The best way to do this is to have a radio playing some soft music in the background and a diffuser loaded with lavender essential oil filling the room with its relaxing aroma. Place a new toy where your dog's head will be pointing and lay out the tools where he can see them.
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A jog in the park
Or at the very least, put your pup on his leash and take him for a long walk. Keep in mind, the idea is to tire him out, but not exhaust him. This means he is less likely to bark while being groomed.
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Bring him into the room
Bring your dog into the grooming room and let him sniff around. Give him plenty of time to get used to everything. Divert his attention to the toy and give him a treat.
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Groom like any other dog
The rest is much like any other dog. Start brushing at the top of his head, make sure you gently brush around his eyes, muzzle, and ears. Move down to his neck and chest, along his back, and down his sides. Have him lie down and roll over so you can brush his belly, legs, and paws. All done! Time for lots of praise and treats.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Use your dog's overenthusiasm to help with the grooming rather than letting it make things more difficult than they need to be.
  • Be sure the walk you take is long enough to tire your dog out, but not long enough to exhaust him. This could lead to other major medical issues.
  • The younger your dog is when you start working towards grooming him, the easier it will be in the long run.
  • Make sure you have plenty of treats on hand.
  • Keep cycling through a selection of toys, so he doesn't get bored. 

Conclusion

When you have a noisy pooch, the best way to keep him quiet during grooming time is to tire him out and give him something to occupy his mind while you are working. Keep working with your pup and make the entire process fun. It's a great time for both of you to bond with each other. 

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