How to Groom a Small, Submissive Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

When you first brought Rambo home, you thought he looked like he was going to grow up to be just like his namesake. You know, buff, and with a take-no-nonsense attitude. Instead, Rambo turned out to a wonderful mild-mannered pup who take orders easily and doesn't seem to mind being told to do just about anything, including taking a bath and being groomed. Keep in mind, though, that just because Rambo is submissive in nature, it doesn't mean he won't still be a bit on the skittish side, especially around the tub or the tools you need to use. 

Dog's Perspective

The simple fact is, most dogs don't really like being groomed. It's too much touchy-feely time and involves things like being brushed and bathed. Rambo doesn't seem to care what he looks or smells like, as evidenced by the other day when he came home smelling like an old skunk. However, you should give him a good basic grooming once a week and bathe him regularly. Check with your vet to see how often you should give him a full bath if you're not sure.

The Stinky Dog Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Pin Brush
Towel
Step
1
Pick a grooming room
Choose a room in your home, preferably one with an easy to clean floor. Set up the grooming table, turn on the Dog TV channel so he can watch his favorite show, and lay out the tools you plan to use.
Step
2
The bath is calling
Oh man! That smell! What on earth did he get into this time? Run him a nice warm bath (keep it baby bath warm). Plop the pup in the tub and using a vet-approved shampoo, give him a good scrubbing all over. Rinse thoroughly, then towel him dry. While you are waiting for his hair to dry, give him a treat relax.
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3
Off to the styling salon
Take your dog into the room you have chosen for grooming, put him on the grooming table and secure him using the safety restraints. Let him see the brush you plan to use and a new toy to keep him busy.
Step
4
Starting with the top
Take the brush and give his head, ears, and face a good work over. Brush under his chin, down the front and back of his neck, and his chest. Give him a treat and let him know he is doing good.
Step
5
Back, sides, and the rest
Following the direction in which his hair grows, brush his back, sides, tail, and rump. Give him a treat and then have him lie down and roll over. Finish up by brushing his belly, his legs and, if necessary, his paws. All done, now he looks his best for his next outing.
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The Slow Start Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Pin Brush
Clipper
Step
1
Set up first
Set up the grooming station, starting with placing the grooming table in a spot where you can move around it fully. Lay the tools you plan to use on it and turn on some soft relaxing music.
Step
2
Bring in your dog
Bring your pup in and put him on the table. Secure him to the table using the restraints and let him get used to everything before moving on. Be sure to give him a treat or two to help him out.
Step
3
On the move
Start by gently brushing his head and face. Brush his ears, under his chin, and then down his neck and chest. Stop for a break and give him a treat. By the time he is done eating it, he should be ready to move on.
Step
4
Have him do the flip
Or better yet, have him lay down and flip over on his back. Brush his chest and belly. Pay very close attention when working around his genitals and rectum. These areas are very sensitive and thin skinned.
Step
5
Finish what you started
Since you are grooming him, now is the perfect time to trim his nails and file them down so they are smooth. Be sure you have some cornstarch or styptic handy just in case you cut into the quick in his nails.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Always use shears and clippers that have sharp blades. Dull blades snag and pull hair out.
  • If you use clippers be sure to oil the blade to keep them from getting hot.
  • Give your dog plenty of time to get used to being on the grooming table.
  • Give your dog plenty of time to get used to the tools you plan to use.
  • Never scold or punish your dog for misbehaving.
  • Be sure you use vet-approved shampoo.
  • A good long walk is a great way to relax your dog and will certainly make grooming easier. 

Conclusion

Grooming a submissive dog can be very easy as long as you take your time getting your pup used to the whole process. With a little hard work, the two of you will soon be enjoying an amazing opportunity to bond with each other. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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