How to Groom a Quiet Dog

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

One of the best things about a nice quiet, well-behaved dog like Tilly, is that she tends to take everything in stride. Very little, if anything, can seem to get her too excited. Sure, she loves to play, but beyond this, she doesn't go nuts when the doorbell rings, or freak out when you have to leave her at home during the day. About the only thing that seems to put a bit of a kink in her mellow state of mind, is grooming. 

The good news is that with a little hard work on both your parts, you can make the whole process easier for both of you. Think of this time as your personal bonding time with Tilly and be sure to use lots of praise and plenty of treats in the beginning.

Dog's Perspective

Most quiet dogs tend to be relatively docile by nature. This should make grooming easy, but Tilly may still get nervous around the brushes, shears, combs, clippers, and so forth used for weekly and monthly grooming. Take your time introducing Tilly to each of the different tools, let her set the pace, and make it fun. 

Caution & Considerations

  • There is nothing like a good walk to relax Tilly and tire her out. This will make grooming her a lot easier.
  • If you are going to use clippers and shears, be sure the blades are sharp. Dull blades tend to rip hair out of the skin instead of cutting it, which can be quite painful.
  • Give Tilly plenty of time to get used to the tools, this will make grooming her easier.
  • Keep a bottle of Kwik-Stop styptic or cornstarch handy when trimming her nails.
  • Take your time, let Tilly set the pace, and use lots of treats as rewards. 

Conclusion

Even the quietest and most docile of dogs can be skittish when it comes to being groomed. Take your time, let your pup get used to the tools you plan to use and make the process fun. Use plenty of treats and use this time to truly bond with your pup.  Keep sessions short, full of fun treat breaks and before long, your pup will look forward to this weekly grooming sessions. 

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