How to Groom an Independent Dog

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

If yours is a very independent dog, he probably takes great pleasure in making sure everyone knows it. While this might be a good thing in most situations, when you are trying to groom him it can make things very challenging. Since there will be dry grooming days and wet grooming days, your job is to teach your dog to relax and submit to being groomed. Bear in mind that not all breeds need frequent baths. Be sure to check with your vet first, he can tell how frequently it is safe for you to bathe your pup. 

Dog's Perspective

The average dog truly believes he is the only one who needs to take care of his grooming. They chew, lick, and scratch at themselves just like they would in the wild and in the wild, they keep their nails trimmed just with their everyday movement. At home, you will need to take care of all of this for him. Getting your dog used to the process can be challenging, but will be worth the effort.

The Nice Warm Bath Method

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Slicker Brush
Shampoo
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Dremel
Nail File
Towel
Step
1
Put everything out in the open
Set up the grooming room, lay out the tools, turn on some soft music, and add a touch of lavender oil to your diffuser.
Step
2
Bubble bath time
Run a warm bath (but no hotter than you would for a baby). No bubbles though, just vet-approved shampoo and a good scrubbing. Make sure you get everywhere, including the pits and privates. Be sure you rinse his coat thoroughly to remove dirt, fleas, and who knows what else, along with all traces of the shampoo. Use a soft towel and give your dog a treat.
Step
3
Get acquainted
Bring your dog into the grooming room and give him plenty of time to get used to the room and the tools. If he tries to leave the room, simply block the door and have him go lie down for a few minutes. Have him get up and stand in position so that you can groom him comfortably.
Step
4
Bring out the brush
By now your dog should be pretty relaxed and compliant. Start by brushing his head and face, then his neck, chest, back, and sides. Take a second to give him a treat and then have him lay down so you can brush the rest of him.
Step
5
Nails, meet your master
Using the appropriate nail cutters, trim your dog's nails. Follow this up by trimming the hair between his pads and toes. Your independent fella is now ready to meet the ladies.
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The No Bath, Thank You Method

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Slicker Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Dremel
Nail File
Toothbrush
Step
1
No bath this week
Chances are very good that your dog does not need a bath every week. Make sure you check with your vet to see how often you should be bathing him.
Step
2
The upper half
Bring your dog into your grooming room, turn on the music, load the diffuser with lavender and let him wander around doing his own thing while he pretends to ignore the tools you have laid out. When he's ready to settle in and see what you have planned, give him a treat and let him know he has been a good boy. Brush his head, face, neck, chest, sides, and rump, working in the direction his hair grows in.
Step
3
The lower half
Go ahead and take a short break while your pup enjoys a treat. Have him lie down so you can take care of his belly, legs, and paws.
Step
4
A leg up
While he is lying there with his paws in the air, take the time to trim the hair between his toes and pads. Then clip his nails back and file the ends smooth.
Step
5
Those choppers
Using a doggy toothbrush and his favorite flavored doggy toothpaste, brush his teeth and gums thoroughly. While doing this every day is ideal, at least once a week will help. Be sure to give him a dental chew as his final reward.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Use rounded-tip safety shears with sharp blades.
  • Always brush in the direction hair grows to keep it lying down properly.
  • Give your dog plenty of time to get used to the tools of the trade before using them.
  • Take your time, relax and watch your pup start relaxing more and more every time.
  • You can use plenty of treats to reward your dog for being good. 

Conclusion

Being independent might work well for your dog on any given day, but when grooming day comes around it can make things a bit more challenging. Take your time, be patient, be consistent, and be sure to let your dog know who is really in charge. The more you work at it, the more your pooch will come to enjoy being groomed. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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