How do Chase's owners groom such a playful dog? Fortunately, Chase is a short haired dog, but what if he was a long-haired or wavy coated dog that needed clipping or to have mats removed with scissors, and staying still for grooming was even more important. There are several strategies for grooming a playful dog: one is to create calm, the other is to harness that playful energy and make it fun for everyone.
Your playful dog thinks everything is a game. The brush you take out looks like it would be fun to grab and carry in his mouth. The suds from the shampoo in the bath look like they would be great to chase around in the water. Grooming a playful dog can be a challenge if he can’t hold still and wants to play with everything and everyone. Fortunately, there are a few strategies you can employ to make grooming more tolerable for your playful dog, and less of a chore for you. Keep sessions short to avoid boring your playful pup or even make grooming a great game he loves.
Your playful pup is a delight--most of the time! Except when you need him to stay still, then playfulness can be a problem. You can create calm by reducing energy and keeping grooming sessions short and simple, to avoid a bored playful dog escaping your clutches. Or, create a game out of grooming, by teaching your dog to stay still for grooming as a precursor to a fun game of fetching or tug or war.
Remember not to neglect grooming, even when it is difficult with a playful, active, dog as it will be harder when your dog becomes overly soiled to get him to stay still for even longer to clean him up. Multiple short sessions are the best way to groom a playful dog.