How to Groom a Large, Submissive Dog

Easy
15 - 30 Minute
1 Week

Introduction

Having a submissive dog definitely has its advantages, especially when it comes to grooming time. In most cases, a submissive dog will simply stand there and let you groom them, bathe them, and do pretty much anything as long as you are not hurting him. 

While your passive pooch may not mind you doing most things to him, when it comes to bathing and grooming, he might still be a little skittish. Take your time, let him set the pace, and use lots of treats to make sure each grooming session goes smoothly. 

Dog's Perspective

Many dogs don't really like being groomed, submissive or not. Your pup probably thinks his tongue and teeth are all he needs to groom himself and look just fine. All it will really take is being willing to work with him until he finally gets used to being groomed on a regular basis. While you need to groom him once a week, be sure to check with your vet to see how often you should bathe him. Some breeds should not be bathed more than once or twice a month. 

The Start With a Bath Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Scissors
Pin Brush
Clipper
Towel
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Choose your grooming location
The best way to start out is to choose the location or room you plan to use for grooming; set it all up with the tools you plan to use. Add a distraction like the TV tuned to the Dog TV channel or a radio set to relaxing station.
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Into the tub
Into the tub with your pup. Be sure the water is tepid (like for a baby bath) and introduce him to the water slowly. Give him a nice warm scrub down using a vet-approved shampoo. Rinse thoroughly when done to remove all traces of the shampoo. Give your bud a treat and towel him off to remove excess water. Then let him air dry before taking him to the stylist's chair.
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In the salon
Bring your dog into the room you have chosen for a grooming station and let him see all of the tools you need to use. Let him have time to get used to them. Run the clippers so the sound doesn't freak him out.
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Brush down
Starting with his head, brush the head, neck, face, muzzle, neck, and throat. If needed, use shears to trim his muzzle, ears, and around his eyes. Works your way down his neck and chest, then his back and sides. Work down his rump, paying very close attention to being gentle here; even a submissive dog will get nervous when you are grooming this area. Roll him over and brush his belly and around his genitals, once again taking care not to rip out any hair.
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The final cut
Now that he is all brushed out, it's time to use shears or clippers to trim any long areas and check him over to make sure he doesn't have any parasites or injuries and he is ready to go out on the town.
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The Start Slow and Build Up Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Step
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The set up
Start by setting up your grooming location with all of the tools you plan to use, maybe a little quiet music, and your dog. Let him see and smell everything, give him plenty of time to get used to the tools. Run the clippers, let him get used to their sight and sound.
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Off to a slow start
Choose the right brush for your dog's coat and slowly bring it up to where he can see it in your hand. Give him a moment to get used to it, and then start by gently brushing his head and face. Be sure to talk to him while you are working to reassure him it's okay. If you need to trim his ears or his beard, this is the time to do so with a pair of thinning shears.
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Slow strokes
Using slow, six-inch-long strokes, brush the back, sides, and rump. Then have him roll over so you can do his belly and legs.
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His private areas
When you are working around his anus and genitals with the clippers or shears, be very careful not to nick or cut--the skin in these areas is very thin.
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Those toenails
Finally, using the appropriate nail clippers, trim his nails back to just in front of the quick. File the sharp edges so your dog doesn't scratch anyone or the furniture and floors.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Be sure the shears and clippers you plan to use have sharp blades. Dull blades tend to snag hair not cut it, which can be very painful.
  • Be sure to oil the clippers before and during use to help keep the blade cool. A hot blade can burn skin.
  • Let your dog see all the tools you plan to use and hear the clippers run before you use them.
  • Give him lots of time to get used to everything before you use any tools.
  • If you are going to trim his nails, be sure you have some styptic powder or cornstarch on hand, just in case you cut into the quick.
  • Take your dog out for a nice long walk and let him go potty before grooming, this can help put him in the right mood.

Conclusion

Grooming a submissive dog should be a relatively simple process, they should hang out while you do the grooming and not fuss much. But you can always use treats and kind words to keep your pup in the mood and pay close attention when you are working around his sensitive areas to keep him from getting nervous. Make grooming fun and use it as a bonding time for both of you. 

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