How to Groom a Submissive Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Sasha could best be descried as a marshmallow. She wouldn’t say boo to a fly, and when it comes to doing what she is told, it seems as though she can't jump to it fast enough. Most dogs tend to not like being bathed, brushed, or having their coats trimmed. And when it comes to having their nails trimmed, just about any dog flinches, but not Sasha. It just doesn't seem to bother her that much once you get started... it's the getting started part that she has a problem with.

Dog's Perspective

Many dogs tend to get very fussy when it's time to groom them, some get nasty, others won't stand still. Even a submissive dog like Sasha may get a little frisky at first. But then, if you want her to stop fussing, you may need to change the way you approach grooming her. 

The Monthly De-Stinkify Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Scissors
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Dremel
Nail File
Towel
Step
1
Create a grooming studio
Start by choosing a room in which you can groom at the same time on the same day every week. Continuity helps with comfort. Try to pick one your dog can see a TV from and then tune it to her favorite channel. Lay out the tools you plan to use, such as brushes, shears, clippers, combs, and nail cutters.
Step
2
Your bath is calling
Run a a nice warm bath, keep it around the same temperature as you would for a baby. Slide your pup into the tub and let her soak while you scrub her with a vet-approved shampoo. Rinse her thoroughly as shampoo residue can irritate her skin. Towel most of the water out and let her coat air dry the rest of the way.
Step
3
Enter your salon, mademoiselle
Bring your dog into your pre-prepared salon and let her wander around getting used to the room and the tools you have laid out. Position her so that she can see the TV and give her a toy or a chew bone to keep her busy.
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4
Groom from the top down
Start by brushing her head, ears, and face. Make sure you get under her chin, down her chest and neck. Stop for a minute and give her a treat, give her time to enjoy it.
Step
5
All ahead flank speed
Brush her back, sides, outsides of legs, rump, and tail. Be gentle around her hind end as this area is very sensitive.
Step
6
Have her lie down
Have your dog lie down and roll onto her back, brush her chest and belly, the insides of her legs, and her paws. This is a good time to trim the hair between her toes and paw pads. It's also a good time to give her a mani/pedi. Just don't forget to smooth off those sharp nails before you are done.
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The Weekly, Weekly Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Step
1
Continuity builds confidence
Choose a place in your home that can always be used for grooming. Continuity builds familiarity, which in turn builds trust. Keep some new toys or chew bones on hand to keep your dog busy and, of course, plenty of treats.
Step
2
Enter the salon
Go ahead and bring your dog into the room, give her time to see the tools, smell the tools, even lick the tools if that makes her happy. Turn on the TV or a radio and give her a toy or chew bone.
Step
3
Make with the brushing already
Now that you have her all settled in, its time to get started with the brush. Since her head and face are some of her most sensitive, getting them done first will make the rest of the grooming session go more smoothly. Move on down her chest and neck, then brush her back and sides following the direction of growth. Stop and take another treat break.
Step
4
Back flip time
Brush her rump, paying very close attention to being gentle around her privates as this area is very sensitive. Have her lie on her back so you can brush her belly, chest, legs, and paws.
Step
5
Paws up
While you have her on her side or back is the perfect time to trim any excess hair between her toes and the pads of her paws. Finish the job by using the right nail cutters to trim her nails back and a file or Dremel tool to file off the sharp edge.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Take your time and let your do get used to the grooming process
  • Give her plenty of time to get used to the tools you plan to use for each grooming session.
  • If you must use shears or clippers, be sure the blades are very sharp. Dull blades rip the hair out instead of cutting it. Not only is this very painful, it can cause damage to her skin.
  • Be sure any shampoo you use has been approved for use on dogs.
  • Never use human shampoo as many of the chemicals in them are toxic to dogs.
  • Use plenty of treats throughout the grooming process. 

Conclusion

Working with a submissive dog like Sasha can be a joy. The big thing is to keep her mind occupied and treat her often to let her know she is doing a good job. Be patient with her and let her set the pace. It won't take long before the two of you start having a great time on this special day every week. 

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