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How to Prepare Your Dog for Grooming Visits

by | Oct 14, 2022 | In The News, Pet Care, Pet Health

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Article provided by Pet Scoop – Poop Pick up Company in Firestone, CO

Preparing your dog for grooming can make the process easier on both of you. Even if your dog has no hair, you should still teach him or her to be obedient and respectful during the whole process. The truth is that larger dogs need more training than smaller ones—especially when they’re young—because it’s much harder to control them once they learn how to throw their weight around. Grooming is an important part of your dog’s well-being and health, and it can improve his or her lifespan!

When you are getting ready to groom your pet, start by helping him relax. Spend a few minutes petting him, rubbing his head and back, paws, belly and tail. Once you feel he is happy and content, start grooming him. If he is struggling to behave during a grooming session apply positive reinforcement. With your words and tone praise him for anything little thing he does well during the time you are working with him. Give him a treat when you are finished so he begins to associate grooming with something good.

Another way to help your dog be more relaxed and calm for grooming is to exercise it before you begin. Take it for a walk, or to the dog park, or drop it off at doggy daycare before you start. You may find that this makes your dog’s behavior turn around much faster than you expected!

If your pet is still getting used to grooming, work with him or her in short bursts. Groom for about five minutes and then stop and move on to another activity. Eventually, start adding on two or three minutes to your total grooming time until your dog can handle a full session.

With these tips, you’ll be able to make sure your dog looks great and has a great time on grooming day.