Dog grooming difficulties
Here is a number of the very frequent dog grooming difficulties that which lots of owners experience with their dogs in the grooming time. In order to get around these difficulties, make your puppy to get accustomed to being treated and groomed from an earlier age.
How to groom an uncooperative dog?
1- Dealing with a Struggling Dog
One of the dog grooming difficulties is Dealing with a Struggling Dogs. If the dog struggles and pulls away, do not let her go, or you will be teaching her that struggling and squirming is the route to freedom. Instead, grasp her collar and give it a little shake (not angry or impatient) with a firm “No” in a low, no- nonsense tone.
As soon as the dog stops struggling and calms down, make a big fuss congratulating her and then do let her go. If she takes off, wait it out. After a minute or two you can go get her and resume the grooming session. If she struggles again, be firm without being angry—praise her and even give her a treat when she settles down—then continue with your grooming.
- Do not let the dog get away, or you’ll be teaching her that struggling gains freedom.
- Do not take pity and sound sympathetic or apologetic—the dog will take advantage of your perceived weakness.
- Do not make brushing a test of wills if you meet resistance. Go back to lying her down on her side and being stroked.
- Do not keep on brushing. Just get the dog comfortable with being on her side and being touched. Praise her for giving you no resistance.
2-A Dog Who Hates to Be Brushed
Another one of the dog grooming difficulties is dealing with dogs which hates to be brushed. You want to teach the dog to associate the brush with good things.
- Get some very tasty treats in a little bowl.
- Sit on a comfortable carpeted floor with her—it’s fun and relaxing for the dog to have you down there with her. Stroke her, put her at her ease.
- Let her sniff the brush and say “Yes!” and give her a treat as she smells it.
- Touch her gently with the brush (don’t brush yet) and say “Yes!” then give a treat again.
- Continue touching her slowly and gently on different parts of her body with the brush—without any brushing motion—for as long as she stays comfortable.
- Stop while she is still relaxed and calm for as long as you can, until you see she is getting anxious or fed up.
- A few short sessions are better than one longer session, which may tax her patience.
- If she gets wound up and wants to play with the brush, hold a treat in your fingertips and let her lick at it while you touch her a few more times with the brush. You want to desensitize her to the feeling of being brushed.
- End the session on a positive note with a “yes” and a treat, with you still on top of the situation, not with the dog all wound up.
3-A Dog Who’s Really Frightened of Grooming
Another one of the dog grooming difficulties is dealing with dogs who’s really frightened of grooming. If the dog’s fear of being brushed is deeply rooted, you need to change her association with the brush itself. Good things must happen when that brush appears. This means you need to have a couple of brushes around the house (or carry one with you when you’re going to be home for a while) and have some great little tidbits in your pocket at the same time.
Pick up the brush, stroke the dog with your other hand and give a treat. Pick up her ball or favorite toy and show her the brush—even touch her lightly with it if she can stand it—before you throw the ball (which is the positive association—no edible treat required).
Show her the brush before setting down her meal. Once she’s relaxed about the brush you can begin actually brushing her—but do it slowly and gently, with lots of those yummy treats for now. She will eventually come to enjoy being brushed, as long as you choose a brush that does not hurt her and you move slowly to diminish her previous anxiety.
4-Dealing with touchy dogs
Another one of the dog grooming difficulties is dealing with some dogs who hate to be touched on certain areas of their bodies. For many it’s the feet, others their rear end or tail, but if you try to make it a pleasurable experience they’ll eventually accept your touch and even come to enjoy it. Make touching that dog’s sensitive area a low-key pleasure.
Give a treat as you touch that part of her body. Speak in a relaxed, cheerful voice. Only touch gently, then do another part of her body, then return gently to the first location. Many dogs hate being groomed because it hurts. Be gentle and use a brush that does not cause pain on your dog’s type of coat or sensitive skin.
Try the brush against your own skin to see whether it is needle-like, or whether you just have to adjust the amount of pressure you use with each stroke.
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