How to Groom an Affectionate Dog

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

There are very few feelings better than having a dog who loves to show you how much she trusts and loves you. Then there are those moments when she turns her big brown eyes on you that simply melt your heart. So far so good, but when you are trying to groom her, and she won't stop trying to shower you with love, it can present its own share of problems. At the same time, if she is nervous about being groomed, it can make her even more loving. Grooming her on a weekly basis will soon help her get used to the process. 

Dog's Perspective

Your loveable pup probably doesn't really care how often she gets groomed or if she does at all. As long as she is able to give you her undying affection and receive yours in return, her life is complete. It is up to you to teach her that being properly groomed on a regular basis is not just good for her, it can be a lot of fun at the same time. 

The Busy Dog, Happy Dog Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
Step
1
Start by setting up a grooming station
Gather up the tools you plan to use during the grooming session. If you are using a grooming table, place them on the table, if not place them on the floor. Turn on a little soft music and set up a diffuser filled with lavender essential oil. Turn it on and let the vapors fill the air.
Step
2
On the road again
What are you waiting for? Get out there and take your pup out for a nice long walk. Give her time to go potty and get her wiggles out. Then head home and give a minute to relax and get a drink of water.
Step
3
To the grooming station with you
Bring your pup into the grooming, station place her on the grooming table and secure her to the restraint. If she is a larger dog, let her see the tools on the floor and get used to them before you attach her leash to a holding point like a chair. Give her time to sniff at and get used to the tools before proceeding.
Step
4
Choose her brush
Choose the right brush for your dog's type of hair (pin for long, slicker for short to medium) and start brushing her head, face, ears, and neck. You can always talk to her while doing this, it will let her know you still love her. Take a break and give her a treat.
Step
5
And in the end
Brush her back and sides, then her rump and tail. Keep talking to her the whole time to keep her calm. Break and treat time again. Have her lie down and brush her legs, paws, and belly. A little tickle here can't hurt. Finish up by cuddling her and giving her a treat.
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The Salon Appointment Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
Towel
Step
1
Stretch the legs first
Time to go for a nice long walk. Make it far enough for your pup to have time to pee and get a little tired out. The exercise will do both of you some good.
Step
2
Your bath has been prepared
Time to prepare a bath. The water should be tepid (baby bath water). Give your dog time to soak in it before using a vet-approved shampoo to scrub her down. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the shampoo along with any fleas, bugs, burrs, and who knows what in her coat.
Step
3
To the towel
Time to break out your pup's personal bath towel and give a good rub down. Give her a little extra love along with a treat.
Step
4
Turn on the radio
Tune a radio to something calm and relaxing then give her a new chew bone. Brush her head and face, her muzzle, neck, and chest. Take a break, give her another cuddle and a treat.
Step
5
From top to bottom
Starting with her back and sides, continue brushing. Be sure to be very careful around her genitals as you brush around them. Trim any excessively long hair from around this area, being very careful. Treat time again. Then finish up by having your dog lie down so you can do her belly and undercarriage (legs). All done: time for a couple of treats and, of course, a good cuddle.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Use your dog's affectionate behavior to your advantage, it can make the entire grooming process far more enjoyable for both of you.
  • If you must use shears or clippers to trim hair, be sure they have very sharp blades.
  • Use safety shears with rounded tips to protect the skin.
  • You can use a chew toy or a chew bone to help keep her distracted.
  • Use as many treats as needed to keep her calm, you can always wean her off of them later.
  • Remain calm and have fun, it will your dog see grooming as something to look forward to, not be scared of. 

Conclusion

There is no doubt about the fact your dog loves to be affectionate, as can be evidenced by the countless hours she spends in your lap or at your feet. If you keep working with her and distracting her with a toy, chew bone, or some soft music, she will soon come to see her grooming sessions as great fun. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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