How to Groom a Whining Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Nothing is likely to get under your skin faster than when your beloved pooch won't stop whining. The odd thing is that he only whines a lot under certain circumstances, such as when his weekly grooming time comes around. If his whining is behavioral and not the result of a medical condition or injury, training can correct the problem in the long-term. In the meantime, you must find ways to keep him busy and distracted, or calm and relaxed, while you are grooming him.

Dog's Perspective

Since your dog tends to whine a lot, especially when grooming time comes, there is no way to determine if it is just the grooming, or if there is another cause. Here, we will assume he is whining because he doesn't like you handling him or trying to brush his coat. The more time you spend grooming him and working to get him used to the tools you plan to use; the easier things will go for both of you. 

The Cool New Toy Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
Step
1
Take a trip to the pet store
Time for you to take a trip to your local pet store. You need to pick up a few new toys and a large supply of your dog's favorite treats.
Step
2
Create your workroom
Find a room in your home that you can use every week to groom in. If possible, choose one with a linoleum, hardwood, or tile floor that is easy to clean. Set up a radio with some relaxing music playing. Add an essential oil diffuser and add lavender oil to it. Lavender is said to be good for calming and relaxing humans and it will also work with dogs.
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3
Hiking the path less traveled
Time to take your pup on a nice long walk to tire him out. Make sure you give him time to go potty and then return home.
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4
Straight to the workroom
Upon returning home, take your dog straight into the workroom and give him time to get used the tools you plan to use. This will also give the lavender in the air time to do its job. By now the last thing on his mind is whining. This is a good time to give him a treat, then give him one of the new toys to keep his mind occupied during the grooming process.
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5
Groom him from stem to stern
Take the brush and starting at the top work your way from his head down his neck to his back. Keep brushing in the direction of hair growth. Take a break and give Adonis a treat. Move on to his rump and tail before having him lay down. Then finish up by grooming his legs, paws, and belly. Be sure to give him a treat and lots of praise and you are done.
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The Spa Day Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Pin Brush
Towel
Step
1
Would you like to go for a walk?
Time to take your dog for a nice long walk, give him plenty of time to go potty, stretch his legs, and get his wiggles out. You are trying to tire him out to the point where he no longer feels like whining, but don't overdo it.
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2
Dip time
Run a nice tepid bath, then using a vet-approved shampoo, gently scrub every inch of his body. The shampoo should clean his fur and kill any live fleas. Be sure you rinse him thoroughly to remove the shampoo, fleas, and anything else hiding in his fur.
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3
The calm grooming room
Prepare the grooming room by adding an essential oil diffuser filled with lavender oil and a radio playing some nice soft music. Lay out the tools you plan to use and bring Adonis in. Let him see the tools and get used to them, this also gives the lavender oil time to do its job.
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4
Top down
You can now start grooming him from the top down. Be careful around his eyes and face as these areas are very sensitive. Give him a treat and then brush his neck, back, sides, and rump. Might as well do his tail as well.
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5
The underside
Have your dog lie down, then roll him over on his back so you can brush his legs, belly, and paws. If he starts getting distracted at any time, give him a toy to keep him busy and stop his whining. In time, he will come to enjoy being groomed and the two of you can have a blast with it every Saturday afternoon.
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Caution & Considerations

  • If you take the time to make grooming time fun, your dog will learn to enjoy the grooming sessions faster.
  • Be patient, let the pup set the pace. It will make grooming much easier.
  • Be sure to use lots of treats along the way.
  • Never use any grooming products intended to be used on humans, they contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs.
  • Keep calm and never punish or yell at your dog, this will only make things worse. 

Conclusion

The more time you spend tiring out your whiny dog and finding ways to keep him distracted the easier grooming will become. Take your time, be patient, make it fun, and before you know it your furry friend will be coming to you on Saturday for his next grooming session. 

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