How To Keep A Dog Calm While Grooming

  • 05/07/2019

Grooming is an essential part of taking care of your dog in the best way possible. There are many benefits to grooming your dog, and it gets even better when your grooming from home. Professionals do a great job, but with the cost that as well as the thought that your dog may be uncomfortable once again. If done correctly, grooming can help you to form a stronger bond, ensure the job is done to your preference, and make sure that your dog has the best experience possible. By reading this post you will gain a good understanding as to how to keep your dog calm, settled and comfortable when grooming.

When is the best time to groom

The best time to groom your dog is when they are settled. It's best to go to the location where your dog is to groom them, as you may find that moving them from the spot they are in could do more bad than good. Whether it's outside or in, you will need to make sure that your dog remains comfortable. In short, make sure you got all the equipment on standby ready to go when you feel the time is right.

How often should you groom your dog?

Depending on your breed of dog will depend on how often you should be grooming your dog. Some breeds require grooming more often than others so it's important for you to do your homework before taking on this task.

To give you an idea of how often you should be grooming, I have included a few guidelines to follow below:

-       Curly and wavy coat (every 4 - 6 weeks)

-       Silky-coated dogs (every 4 - 6 weeks)

-       Dogs with thick undercoats (Every 3 months)

-       Double-coated long-haired dogs (every 6 weeks)

-       Short hair (occasional)

Whilst these are not exact numbers I would encourage you to check either online or with your local groomer as to how often you should be grooming your dog. This is sure to give you a guideline as to what to follow for most dogs.

Make it a great experience

Ensuring that your dog has a positive experience with grooming well help them to remain calm and comfortable with grooming in the future. A few ways to ensure that this is achieved include:

-       Using treats as a reward for good behavior during grooming

-       Ensuring your groom in the place your dog is comfortable

-       Taking time to make sure that you create a soothing environment

-       Let your dog explore the equipment and get familiar with the tools


That sums it up for the most part. I hope that you are able to gain a few takeaway points from reading this post that you can test out at home. 


Ensuring your dog remains settled has to be the no 1 most important task alongside making sure that grooming is safe. By reading the tips inside of this post, you should be able to leave with enough knowledge to easily make grooming a positive and comfortable experience for your dog at any given time or place.



Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Retrievers R Us. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!


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