What are Some of the Benefits of Grooming your Dog
I know how much we dog lovers enjoy playing and cuddling with our dog(s). But when they’re full of mats and they stink, it’s time to go to your groomer. But, if you can’t get to the groomer, try some of my grooming tips and take a stab at grooming your pet at home.
It takes time to get your dog to relax and enjoy the grooming routine. When I brought home my eight-week old, mini-Labradoodle, Bella, I started a grooming regime day one. I began by sitting on the floor with a regular hair brush (I thought a slicker brush might aggravate her skin) and let her come to me and sit on my lap. I started off slowly, talking to her and encouraging her as I began to gently brush her and soon she was licking my hand and stretched out enjoying the grooming and the attention. Over time we have developed a routine so that she adjusts for the next part of her brushing when I say “Position One!” or “Position Two.” Bella is now 11 years old and to this day we have our little ritual in the morning in bed with coffee.
Gaining Your Dogs Trust
Gaining your dog’s trust by grooming and other routine activities creates a bond that will “hopefully” last for their life time. My dog loves her “brusher time”. I even sing lullabies to her. Our routine evolved organically. Of course there’s the traditional grooming table and arm (but please don’t leave your dog or puppy unattended when using the grooming arm/noose). If you’re getting a negative response to the grooming just take it slow and easy to not frighten your pup. Speak softly and gently caress them and don’t forget to reward them with treats for good behavior. Also, be sure the brush you use is appropriate for your dog’s coat. More on choosing a brush in a future post!
I hope this helps some newbies out there. Next we’ll discuss brushing technique and bathing tips.