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How to restrain a dog while grooming?
What should one do if a dog is too excited or too nervous while getting groomed?
One of our clients recently mentioned that while her puppy is in for a grooming, she needs to get her leash off and restrain the puppy in a corner while grooming. But she’s a dog owner herself and is familiar with how her dog behaves while getting groomed, and she doesn’t really want to do that. How should she do it then?
This is actually a very common problem when it comes to grooming. The person who wants to groom the dog is the owner, or a family member. But if the person who’s doing the grooming doesn’t know how to calm the dog down and to make it relax, this can create a bit of a problem.
How should you restrain the dog?
1. Use soft, soft stuff for grooming
Soft materials like cotton balls, dog biscuits or soft rubber toys should be used to gently groom the dog. You can put a cotton ball in your hand and gently rub the dog’s head and ears, and scratch the dog’s skin behind his ears, and scratch and scratch.
You can also use a piece of soft, soft, rubber-like material to groom your dog’s body.
It’s much softer and much easier to handle than the hard, wooden grooming brush.
However, if you want to groom the dog really good, a grooming brush should be used. But not a regular grooming brush – a “dog grooming brush”. This is usually made of natural materials such as bamboo, rosewood, bone or tortoise shell, and are much softer than any normal grooming brush.
You can use a dog grooming brush to groom the dog’s body, like between its shoulders and hips. However, it’s easier to groom the dog’s head and ears with soft, soft, and soft things.
2. Do the grooming in the open area
While getting groomed, your dog needs to be in an open space so that he can run away if he feels he’s going to be hurt or is scared. The grooming area should be a safe, quiet, and free space, with nothing heavy, sharp or harmful there.
Also, keep the area big so that your dog can run away from there. However, this doesn’t mean that the dog should be kept inside a kennel – this is not at all necessary. Just keep him in a big space, so that you can easily open and shut the door or gate in case he needs to go outside.
3. Make it fun
When you’re grooming your dog, you want to make it a fun and enjoyable time for your dog. You want him to enjoy the process of being groomed, to be relaxed and comfortable with it, to understand that grooming is just an activity which is part of everyday life, and to associate it with love and affection.
This doesn’t mean that you want to use force on him or hold him down or hurt him, but you want him to understand that it’s a process of taking care of him.
You don’t want to do that if he doesn’t enjoy it or if he’s scared or stressed out of it.
You can do that by playing with your dog during the process of grooming. You can use his toys, toys with soft materials (you can use his toy with a soft ball in it, a stuffed Kong or any similar toys), or you can use a special dog grooming toy.
These toys are also gentle, soft, and fun for the dog. They can be used to play with and teach your dog the various commands, but they’re also gentle enough to groom your dog.
For instance, the Kong can be used to groom a dog’s head or ears, the soft ball can be used to groom a dog’s body, and the stuffed Kong can be used to groom a dog’s body as well.
4. Use a professional groomer
If you’re not comfortable grooming your dog yourself or if you’re not really familiar with the process, you should ask a professional groomer for help. He’ll be able to groom your dog much better and quicker, and he will be able to restrain your dog much better if necessary.
And as a professional groomer, he’ll also know how to calm the dog down, and how to make him calm and comfortable for the entire process.
5. Try to make it enjoyable
When you’re getting a dog groomed, you should always try to make it enjoyable and fun. If the dog isn’t enjoying the process, then he’s not going to enjoy it and he’s going to be stressed out for most of the process.
You don’t want to make it a stressful experience for the dog, and you should try to keep it stress-free and relaxing.
If you’re not comfortable grooming your dog yourself, you can get a professional groomer to do it for you. You’ll be able to avoid any stress, and you’ll be able to make it enjoyable for the dog as well.
6. The dog will calm down in time
However, this doesn’t mean that you should try to force the dog to calm down during the process. It’s not going to work.
Most of the time, your dog will calm down and relax in time, and when he is ready, you can stop the process and he will be okay and not stressed out anymore. He’ll have fun and enjoy it, and he’ll understand that it’s a regular part of everyday life for him to get groomed.
And he’s not going to be hurt or feel that he’s being forced or taken somewhere, which is why it’s important to