How to Groom an Excited Dog

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Grooming most dogs can be challenging, but when JoJo is super-excited the task only gets harder. JoJo can be a lot of fun when she wants to play with you, which is just about all of the time. But this need to play can be a royal pain when you are trying to get her to stand still long enough to be groomed. Instead of trying to stop her from getting excited, you need to find ways to make put that excited energy to good use. 

Dog's Perspective

An excited dog's big problem is that no matter how hard he tries; his excitement simply gets the better of him, causing him to be constantly on the move. He might even think that grooming time is nothing more than an extension of play time. Your job is to channel this energy such that it helps rather than hinders your attempts to groom him.  

The Keep Busy Method

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Round up your supplies first
Before grooming time arrives, take a few minutes and set out the tools you plan to use for this grooming session. They need to be in a spot where your pup can sniff at them, look at them, and if he gets excited enough, taste them. If yours is a pup or smaller breed, set up the grooming table and place your supplies where he can see them from the table.
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Hit the road
Time to put on a leash and head out for a nice hike. Make sure it is long enough for him to pee and tire himself out.
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Add a touch of relaxation to the grooming room
Turn on some soft music, add some lavender oil to a diffuser and bring you pup into the room. Give him a few minutes to get used to the room and the tools. Then give him a treat.
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Into the fray
Start with brushing his head, face, ears, and muzzle. Then move down his neck and chest. When you are done with these areas, take a moment to praise your dog and give him a treat. Then brush his back, sides, and derriere.
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Around the final corner
Have your dog lie down and roll onto his back, so you can groom the rest of him. When you are all done, be sure to give him lots of praise and a couple of extra treats.
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The Workout Method

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Sweating to the oldies
Put some music in your mp3 player and take your pup for a long walk. Not so much to work up a sweat, but to burn off as much of that crazy energy as possible, making him easier to handle come grooming time.
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Warm bath anyone?
Run a warm bath and give him a few minutes to enjoy soaking in it. Then, using a vet-approved shampoo, give him a thorough rub down all over. Rinse thoroughly to remove any traces of the shampoo and anything else hiding in his coat. Towel dry and give him a treat.
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The first brush is the hardest
Since your dog's least favorite place to be touched is probably his head, this is the best place to start grooming him. Brush his ears, muzzle, and his neck next then give him a treat. Carry on and brush his back, sides, tail, and rump. Treat time.
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Grooming the rest
Have your pooch lie down so you can brush his paws, legs, and belly. You have finally managed to get him to hang in there with you long enough to completely groom him.
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Party time
Give him a couple of his favorite treats and celebrate.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Use your dog's excited energy to make grooming go a little easier rather than harder.
  • Be sure the walk is long enough to tire your dog out, but do not exhaust him as this can cause other problems.
  • The younger your dog is when you start working with him, the easier grooming will be.
  • Take short breaks and give him lots of treats along the way.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to him while you work, this will help keep him calmer.
  • If you must use shears, be sure the blades are nice and sharp. 

Conclusion

To an excited dog, there simply aren't enough hours in the day for him to see and do everything. Standing still for long enough to be groomed is virtually impossible in his mind. But, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, it won't be long before he stops fussing and starts enjoying being groomed. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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