Dogs are rarely aggressive without a reason. If your dog is displaying aggressive tendencies during grooming and shaving, then chances are, she’s reacting due to fear. Unfortunately, some dogs have to undergo grooming to keep them happy and healthy, so it’s not always something you can skip for your dog’s comfort. There are ways, however, to keep both you and her safe while you get this necessary evil out of the way as quickly as possible. The clippers may be intimidating, but they don’t have to be the bane of your dog’s existence if you can help it.
Grooming salons are full of strange smells, sights, people, and animals. No wonder it may put your dog into a perpetual state of fear. Not to mention, having a stranger poke and prod you all over may not be the most comfortable situation. Your dog likely isn’t snapping, growling, or biting to be mean, but because she is stressed out. Be understanding of your dog’s fears and limitations and work to ease them.
Being prepared before grooming a fearful or aggressive dog is key and will help your dog adjust much better to a potentially stressful environment. With positive reinforcement, short breaks, and enough attention to her limitations, your dog can endure being shaved and groomed with minimal stress to both you and her. Remember to show patience and understanding and your dog will return the favor with love, trust, and affection.