While it is very important that your dog is groomed regularly, it is also important that this isn't a traumatic and stressful experience for them each time. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate the stress your dog has in terms of grooming, there are definitely some things that you can do to at least reduce the amount of stress that it causes them. This article will discuss three things that you can do to make your dog's grooming experience a good one.
Visit Your Groomer Before the Actual Appointment
If your dog gets nervous before being groomed, then it may be a good idea to have your dog meet the groomer before the appointment. Call the person who is going to be grooming your dog and ask them if they would be willing to meet with you and your dog before the first grooming session. This will get your dog used to the person that is going to be grooming them in an environment that is in no way threatening or anxiety producing. Then, when they go in for their first grooming session, they will already know the person that is grooming them, and this will likely reduce their overall anxiety levels.
Find a Groomer That Does Home Visits
If your dog starts getting nervous from the moment that they get in the car to head to the groomers, then it may be in your best interest to instead find a groomer that does home visits. This will avoid the car ride altogether, so your dog won't be stressed out. Also, because the grooming is going to be done in your own home, your dog is likely going to be much less anxious than they would be if they were in a new and strange area. You can even stay with your dog during the grooming session, if you'd like, which will of course help your dog to feel even more at ease because you will be there to keep them calm and happy.
Inform Your Groomer of What Makes Your Dog Nervous
If your dog's groomer is better able to understand your dog, then there is a good possibility that it will be a better experience for both of them. For example, if you know that your dog gets nervous when the blow dryer first turns on, then you can tell the groomer, and they will try and comfort your dog more when this is taking place. Little things like this will help your dog to feel more comfortable with the groomer, which can make a huge difference overall.
For more information about how to keep your dog calm at the groomers, talk to a company like Weber's Training School.Share
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