How to Groom a Protective Dog

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week


Does your dog tend to be a bit on the protective side? Does he growl or try to bite when someone tries to approach him? While this type of behavior is not uncommon in dogs, it is one that can make grooming exceptionally challenging. There are many reasons why your pup might have become protective, from being bullied while still with his mother, to being teased. It could also just be his nature to protect himself and "his" things. Understanding the reason behind your dog's behavior can help in all areas, including grooming. 

Dog's Perspective

Dogs have great memories and personalities as varied as the people who bring them into their families. If at some point time your dog was mistreated by a someone, he may have become very protective of himself and his stuff. Bad experiences at the groomers' can be particularly hard to shake. But, before you reach for the muzzle and restraining harnesses, try these grooming methods first. 

Caution & Considerations

  • If you want your dog to remain calm and behave himself, you need to be calm and relaxed yourself. Remember, he can pick up on your mood and vibes very quickly.

  • If he is overly protective, it may pay to find out why. This may help you to help him get over his anxieties.
  • Take as much time as your dog needs to get used to the tools before you try to use them on him. This will make things go more smoothly for both of you.
  • It can take weeks or even months for a protective dog to feel completely comfortable with being groomed. 


The simple fact is that training a protective dog to remain calm during grooming can be a challenge. But keep working at it and the two of you will soon be enjoying the whole process and mark it as your weekly bonding session. What are you waiting for? Get out there and make grooming fun for both of you!

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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