Before you begin any grooming, prepare the area for a calm and relaxing session. Play soft, quiet music, which has been known to relax humans and animals alike. If you diffuse essential oils, diffuse something that will calm you and your dog such as chamomile or lavender. You can also light candles or burn incense a safe distance away from your dog.
Lower your stress level and your pup's stress level by preparing everything you need in advance. Along with having the environment calm and relaxing, bring any tools you need such as combs, brushes, scissors, clippers, and even treats to the area before you bring the dog over. Consider bringing a towel for your dog to stand on to catch any falling fur.
Bring your little guy into the area and begin your grooming session. Start by giving him a treat to make him comfortable.
Let your little guy sniff the grooming tools you plan to use one at a time. As he gets to know them, give him a treat each time he acknowledges a tool.
Try to use only one or two tools for one grooming session at a time. This might mean you are only brushing and combing and not using scissors or only using scissors and a brush but not clippers for the first several sessions.
Hold one of your grooming tools up against your pup's body in different areas, and give him a treat after each time he lets you do so. So, hold a brush up against his leg and give him a treat. Then hold a brush against his side and give him a treat. Do the same for his ears and his face, as well as his tail, treating him after each time you've placed the brush on him.
Once your little guy gets used to the grooming tools, start grooming him. Start slow and groom only small sections at a time. Use a soft voice to talk to your pup and keep your first several sessions short.
With lots of short sessions, your little guy should ease into grooming naturally. He’ll understand the tools won’t hurt and he’ll be rewarded for sitting still while you groom.