Mickey is a very active, excitable, young Jack Russell Terrier. Getting Mickey to stay still while his owners brush and comb out his coat can be challenging. Mickey gets distracted by noises in the house or outside the window, jumps around excitedly, bites at the brush like it’s a toy, wiggles and yaps, turning his head this way and that trying to follow the brush so grooming becomes almost impossible.
Small dogs sometimes have a reputation for being excitable, playful, and wiggly. Getting a small dog to hold still for grooming can be a challenge when it's time for a daily brushing. Even worse, many small dogs are low-shed dogs with wavy coats that need regular brushing, and sometimes clipping and trimming. An excitable dog that won't hold still is in danger of getting nicked when having hair clipped or nails trimmed. Getting your excited dog to be calm and stand quietly for grooming is important so you and your dog don't become frustrated by the grooming process, and so your dog does not get injured during grooming. Several strategies to calm or distract your dog can be useful for grooming your excited pup.
Excited little dogs are lots of fun to play with. Not so much fun to groom, if they won't stay still. Not only is an excitable dog frustrating and time-consuming to groom, but they can become injured by grooming tools if they slip while the little dog is wiggling. Burning off excess energy before grooming is a good strategy to get control of an excitable pup. Distracting the small dog with a chew toy is another good strategy.
Working to calm your dog with massage and petting until they are in the right frame of mind for grooming may seem time-consuming, but can save time in the long run, and with practice, your excitable dog will learn when it is time to be calm for grooming. If you keep sessions short it won't be too taxing on your little buddy, and he will adapt as he becomes accustomed to grooming and learns to enjoy being still and calm during the process.