How to Groom a Small, Cheerful Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

There is no better pet for an active family than a small, cheerful pup like Toby. He loves being around his family, playing games, going for walks, his new bed, and just about every minute of his life. You would think that being such a happy-go-lucky pup, Toby would have no problem with being groomed. And in reality, it's not the grooming process itself that bugs him. It's that he has to stand or sit still for so long while you work.

The hard part is finding a way to put all that happy energy to work for you, instead of against you. You may find grooming Toby in short sessions may work much better for both of you until he becomes very comfortable with being groomed. 

Dog's Perspective

It's not that Toby is willfully disobeying you, it's just not in his nature to stand still for long periods of time. He wants to be hanging around playing with his family, running around, and getting into just about everything. Take your time, make grooming fun for both of you and use plenty of treats along the way. 

The Bath of the Month Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Pin Brush
Towel
Step
1
Check with your vet
Be sure to check with your vet to find out how often it is safe to bathe him. Some breeds can be bathed monthly, others less frequently, and still others that should be bathed no more than once or twice a year.
Step
2
Run him a bath
Run a nice warm bath (tepid is good) and let him soak in it for a few minutes. Give him a treat to keep him happy. Then, using a vet-approved shampoo, scrub your pup down thoroughly. Remove any dirt, debris, parasites, or tangles from his hair using a comb. If you find any mats, use shears to cut them out.
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3
Dry and brush
Dry your pooch off using a nice soft towel and then let him air dry.
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4
Time to brush
Using either a pin or slicker brush, start brushing his head and face. Then work on chin and chest. Always brush in the direction his hair grows. Brush his back and sides next. Again, keep with the "grain" of his hair. Note it grows in different directions so you may have to change directions as you brush.
Step
5
The rollover
Have your dog roll over and lie on his back, so you can brush his belly and around his privates. Be very gentle here as these areas are extremely sensitive. Deep grooming like this should be done monthly.
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The Weekly Brushing Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Pin Brush
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Start with a walk
Start out by taking your pup out for a nice walk. Let him pee, poop, and burn off as much energy as you can get him to. Take him home and give him a few minutes to get a drink.
Step
2
Meanwhile, in the grooming room
While he is getting his drink, set up the grooming room by laying out the tools you need to use--brushes, combs, shears, and maybe clippers.
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3
Enter the dog
Bring your pup in and let him get used to the tools. Give him a treat and put him on the grooming table. Secure him to the table using the restraints.
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4
Start brushing
Start at his head, ears, muzzle, throat, and neck. These are sensitive areas. Then brush his back and sides. Brush his rump and tail and using shears, trim around his rectum.
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5
Finish brushing
Finish up by having your dog lie down so you can brush his belly and legs. Again, be very careful around his privates as they are all very sensitive. Bam! One well-groomed pooch ready to go out on the town.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Use all that cheerful energy to help make grooming more fun.
  • Take nice long walks to help tire your pup out, which will make grooming much easier.
  • Give him plenty of time to get used to the tools before using them. This will make grooming easier.
  • Taking breaks along the way is a good way to keep your dog calm and happy.
  • Always brush in the direction hair grows, this will help it lie flat.
  • You can use toys to help keep your dog occupied during grooming. 

Conclusion

Nothing much seems to bother a cheerful pup, it's just not in his nature to be sad. If you keep his grooming sessions short and use plenty of treats, the sessions can be a lot of fun. In time, Toby will look forward to his weekly grooming sessions. Take your time and use plenty of treats and praise to create the perfect bonding experience. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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