How To Train Your Dog To Stop Fearing And Start Loving Grooming
Before we jump into the 10 Steps on “How To Groom A Dog” here are some helpful tips that will help you with dog grooming.
I understand this not only as a groomer, but from personal experience with my own fur family. I have Maremma Sheepdogs, two of which are over 10 years old. They are heavy, double-coated, large dogs. At one time, they had the physical strength to endure longer grooming sessions. However, as they’ve aged, grooming has become more uncomfortable to tolerate.
So, how do you apply this concept to dog grooming? Each phase of the grooming process can be broken down, systematically. For now, let’s talk about a routine for scissoring a leg in less than two minutes.
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Expert: Anne-Marie Forde Bio: Anne-Marie Forde and Jon Fless have owned and operated The Sudsy Dog Grooming Shop for 8 years. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-DonosoWhen you’re done grooming him, tell him how beautiful he looks, praise him for being a good dog, and do a fun activity with him – throwing a Frisbee or tennis ball, playing tug-of-war with a rope, or taking him for a walk to show off his new ‘do. Then enjoy the admiring looks from humans and canines alike.Of utmost importance is to make grooming your dog as pleasant as possible for both of you. Most canines like being rubbed, petted, and scratched. Show your dog you recognize this by beginning your grooming session with a vigorous scratch up and down his spine, paying extra attention to the base of his tail. Gather the fur that comes loose in your hand and show it to him, explaining that this is part of him and that he will feel better when more of it is removed. (It is not the words, but the tone of voice with the words that makes the difference.) Encourage him to stay still while you’re scratching him and reward him with a treat for being still. Continue to praise him for good behavior throughout the grooming session. Good dog-grooming equipment is necessary for doing the job right. You don’t, however, need to buy the most expensive supplies to keep your dog’s coat in good condition. In fact, some of the best equipment can be made or purchased without spending too much money.