Training your pet dog to behave themselves while being groomed or even at the dog wash might seem an impossible task, but we can help you with that! Whether you take your dog to a professional groomer or if you carry out the process at home yourself, his reluctance and fidgeting will definitely make you rethink the whole procedure.
While this post may not have the answers to all your grooming worries, it may still offer some help on grooming pets.
One of the most common advice heard around – is to start grooming early; while your dog is still a pup. Sounds simple and prefect? To start off, they might not enjoy it very much but might soon take to the idea and eventually learn to love it.
However this is far easier said than done. No matter how hard you try, some pets just thoroughly dislike being groomed. Despite starting grooming at an early age… your pup continues to despise it. Your boisterous pup won’t sit still for more than a few seconds. Or this might not always be feasible, like if you have adopted an older animal.
At the early stages of their development, puppies are easily distracted and it doesn’t take a lot for them to be attracted to virtually anything that’s around. One way to improve your dog’s attention span is to work on commands on a regular basis. This way once they grasp a good understanding of what it is that you want them to do, you can introduce distractions in-between, and reward them for behaving properly.
It is quite common for a pet grooming salon to be crowded and noisy especially more so on weekends and the holiday season. The next tip relates specifically to dogs being professionally groomed. Ensuring that your pet is comfortable in this kind of environment will have a huge impact on their overall grooming process.
Familiarizing your canine and introducing them to unfamiliar surroundings or large crowds can be of immense help in having them groomed. Introducing them to similar environments in a slow and gradual manner will ensure that they get used to such surroundings without any negative mindset. You can even employ treats as rewards for good behavior at this stage.
Grooming a dog requires a variety of different tools… from brushes to nail clippers and dryers. These come in a variety of different shapes and sizes with some even accompanied by loud or irritating sounds. Such objects can scare your pet if they aren’t used to them, and the very fact that these objects come into close contact can make our pets quite apprehensive.
You should train your dog to become used to these objects through the use of similar practice items. These items can be soft and blunt compared to the real stuff and thus not appear too intimidating. Once your pet is used to the gadget, you can gradually progress to the real thing while keeping your pet calm.
Make use of the above information wisely and you will very likely be met with far less resistance on your next visit to the local pet salon.