Even the most fearful of small dogs, like Lucy, need to be groomed on a weekly basis. Not only is this important to the health of her coat, but it is the perfect time to examine her all over for fleas, ticks, and signs of injury that might need to be attended to by her vet.
There are many reasons why Lucy might be afraid of being groomed. Some dogs seem to be naturally fearful, for others, it might stem from a previous experience. Give her plenty of time to get used to the tools and to being handled. In time she will come to enjoy the personal touch of being groomed.
Trying to calm a fearful dog down enough for grooming can be a little like trying to chase down a chicken in the yard. Worse yet, if you try to force Lucy to be groomed, it can only make things worse instead of better. The best way to get her used to being groomed is to take your time, go gently and slowly. Plus, it never hurts to have plenty of her favorite treats on hand.
Lucy might struggle and fuss at first, but if you plan it right, by the time she is old enough to need grooming she will already be used to you touching her all over. Work with her at approximately the same time on the same day each week to get her used to the routine. It will help build her confidence and trust.