Routine trips to the groomer are all part of owning a dog. Groomers ensure the health of your dog’s coat and skin. A groomer will even trim your dog’s nails.
For some pets, getting groomed is a relaxing experience. For others, it can cause all sorts of anxiety and fear.
Does your dog whine or pant when heading to the groomers? Does your dog tremble or become physically sick?
If so, you probably dread getting your pet groomed. Thankfully, there are strategies that you can use to make the grooming process much less stressful for you and your furry companion.
Proper Pet Grooming = less doggy fear and anxiety.
- Determine the Real Cause
Many owners relate a dog’s anxiety to the pet groomer. Your dog, however, may not fear the groomer at all.
Some dogs don’t like being in cars. Movement and/or confined spaces can set off your dog’s anxiety.
Take note of your dog’s behavior. When do the signs of anxiety start?
Knowing when your dog starts to react can help pinpoint the cause of your dog’s fear.
- Provide Familiarity
There are many reasons why your dog may fear the groomer.
Some dogs don’t react positively to strangers. Others are uncomfortable in new places.
To ease your dog’s grooming anxiety, choose a groomer that your dog knows and trusts. If possible, have the groomer come to your home. This way your dog is in a familiar place with a person he trusts.
- Distract Your Dog
Is your dog highly motivated by food or treats? What about new toys?
When getting your pet groomed, distractions can make all the difference.
During the grooming process, distract your dog with his favorite treats. Break them into small bits so that the treats last the entire session.
If your dog is a chewer, a chewing toy may be just what’s needed.
- Train Your Dog
The groomer has to handle highly sensitive areas on your dog. Some dogs don’t like their paws, ears, and eyes to be touched.
To get your dog used to touching in these areas, take time to train at home.
Pair words and touch. For example, say the word “paw” and then touch your dog’s paw. After touching, reward your dog immediately.
- Use Sedatives
If the above options haven’t worked for your dog, consider sedation.
There are many over-the-counter sedatives that you can safely give to your dog. These medicines relax your dog mentally and physically.
Want to try less serious sedatives? Just like humans, dogs react to oils and herbs.
To calm your dog try using:
- Lavender and chamomile oil
- Herbs, such as passionflower and lemon balm
- Pheromone sprays
Need to Get Your Pet Groomed? Trust Fuzzy Feet
At Fuzzy Feet Boarding & Grooming, we care for your pet like our own. We treat every animal with great care and love.
Our team offers a variety of grooming needs. From nail trimming to flea and tick control, we have just what you need to keep your dog clean and healthy.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to meet your fur baby!