How to Groom a Small, Curious Dog

Easy
15 - 30 Minute
1 Week

Introduction

It seems that Tiger's curiosity just can't ever be satisfied. To make matters worse, trying to get him to settle down for grooming is a complete nightmare. There has to be a better way to go about getting him to let you make him look presentable. The trick is to funnel all of that curiosity into a way to keep Tiger busy while you get on with the job of grooming him. It's going to take a little extra hard work, but in the end, both of you are going to look forward to grooming day. 

Dog's Perspective

Tiger isn't one to misbehave, it's just that his curiosity that gets in the way of just about anything. He needs to know about the tools you plan to use, where you plan to use them and know what everything smells like. It's just the way Tiger is, all you have to do is channel all of that curiosity into useable energy. 

The Pocket Full of Treats Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
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A pocket full of treats
Start out with a pocket full of your curious pup's favorite treats. You will need them as rewards and for encouragement.
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Get ready to go
Get the room you have chosen for grooming ready by placing the grooming table in the middle of the room, laying out the brush you plan to use, and turning on some soft music. You might also want to put a new toy on the table.
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Bring in your customer
Bring your little guy in and place him on the table. Connect him to the restraint system. Let him see the brush and his new toy. The toy should keep him occupied for the grooming session.
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Brushing gently
Start by brushing his head, face, and muzzle. Go slowly and gently, talking to him the entire time to help keep him calmed down. Move on down his chest and neck, taking care to brush in the same direction his coat is growing. Brush his back and sides, then his rump and tail.
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Finishing the job
Have your pup lie down on his side, then roll him onto his back so that you can groom his belly and legs. This is a good time to check him over for cuts, bruises, scratches, fleas, ticks and damage to his pads. All clean and all done.
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The Touch Game Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
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Pick a path
Choose a nice long path to go for a walk on together. Make the walk long enough to tire your dog out without exhausting him (this could make him sick or injure him). Let him go potty while you are out and put his sniffer to work as much as he wants.
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Play and touch
Pick one of your dog's favorite games and give him plenty of play time. Be sure you spend as much of this time touching him all over as you can. This will help finish tiring him out and at the same time letting him get used to being touched.
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3
Make sure you hit the right spots
While you are playing, be sure you handle his face, feet, tail, and belly frequently as these are his most sensitive spots.
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Bring him to the party
Bring your dog into the grooming room, put him on the grooming table, hook up the restraint, and turn on some laid-back music. Keep touching and rubbing him while showing him the brush you plan to use. This is also a good time to start slowly swapping out the hand that is petting for the brush.
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Brush all over
Working from head to tail, brush in the direction the hair is growing. Not only will this look better as his hair will lie flat, it helps to spread his natural oils through his coat. Have him roll over so you can get to the rest of him, and you are all done.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Never leave your small dog alone on the grooming table.
  • Always use the restraint to avoid a potentially fatal accident.
  • Always use the right brush for your dog's coat, a slicker brush for short to medium hair or a pin brush for long hair.
  • Never try to pull out a mat in the dog's coat out using the brush, use shears to cut it out.
  • Be sure any shears you plan to use are sharp and have rounded safety tips.
  • Be free with treats and praise. 

Conclusion

While Tiger's curiosity can be a lot of fun, it can make grooming more than just a little challenging. Take your time, try toys to keep him occupied, and take a nice long walk first to help burn off some of that energy. Be patient and before long the two of you will be having a great time on grooming day. 

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