For most people, personal grooming is a part of the daily routine. A quick brush or the occasional haircut can get you looking fresh and ready to tackle the day. For your furry friend, however, it might seem like the most difficult thing you could ever ask from them. The brush is suddenly a very inviting chew toy and the clippers are now an evil monster trying to steal their fur. It’s time-consuming, stressful, and a groom gone wrong may only serve to reinforce those fears in your dog. Grooming is necessary to keep him healthy. The good news is that it doesn’t always have to be a struggle.
In most cases, grooming isn’t something that you can simply ignore. Training your dog to stay still while you brush out those clumps of fur and trim those nails is an invaluable tool and can help make both at-home grooms and trips to the groomer much less intimidating for both you and him. Keeping still will also ensure that he stays safe and doesn’t jump off a grooming table or jerk away when his nails are being cut. Preventing these types of accidents is important for dogs of all ages and in just a week or two of working with your dog, you can feel much more confident that he will eventually see grooming as just another daily activity.
To get started, you’ll want to grab your dog’s leash, a couple of your grooming tools, and some yummy treats. It’ll help if you’re in a good mood and relaxed as this may help your dog to feel a little more relaxed about the process as well. Determine whether you’re going to be grooming on the floor or up on a table and make sure you stay consistent with this environment throughout the training. If this is the first time you’re grooming your dog by yourself, read up and be aware of the appropriate use of any and all grooming tools to ensure your dog’s safety.