How to Groom an Independent Dog

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week


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.

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. 


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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