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Fur-tastrophes and How to Avoid Them: Grooming Difficult Dog Breeds

Updated: Feb 27

Grooming is a crucial part of your dog's care routine. However, not all breeds are the same

when it comes to grooming. Some present more challenges than others.


Hence, this article will discuss difficult dog breeds. The ones that make you dread grooming

time. It aims to guide you through the complexities of grooming different breeds, offering

practical advice and expert insights. Read on!


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Techniques and Tips for Grooming Difficult Dogs


Pre-grooming Preparation

Create a calm and positive environment. For example, use soft lighting and maintain a gentle, reassuring tone. Familiar items, like toys or blankets, can help the dog feel more at ease. This setting helps reduce stress, making the grooming experience more pleasant for difficult dogs.


Then, gradually introduce your dog to grooming tools, letting them sniff and inspect each item to reduce fear. Use treats and gentle praise to build positive associations with these tools. Handling exercises are also crucial; gently touch and manipulate your dog's paws, ears, and tail to get them accustomed to the sensations they'll experience during grooming.


In addition, short sessions that slowly build in duration can help acclimate your dog to the grooming process, making it a stress-free experience for both of you.


Brushing Techniques

Brushing techniques for difficult dogs depend on their coat type. For short-haired breeds like

Labradors, use a rubber brush to remove loose fur, followed by a bristle brush for shine.

Double-coated breeds such as Huskies benefit from an undercoat rake to reduce shedding and prevent mats.


For curly coats like Poodles, a slicker brush followed by a comb helps detangle without pulling.


Start brushing gently at the ends, working your way up to avoid tugging on knots, which can

cause discomfort and make the dog uneasy. Always praise and reward your dog to make

brushing a positive experience.


Trimming and Clipping

These two tasks are crucial for maintaining a dog's coat and hygiene. Use clippers for bulk hair removal, particularly in breeds with thick or long fur, ensuring the right guard size to avoid cutting too short. Scissors are better for detailed work around the face, ears, and paws. Always clip in the direction of hair growth to prevent irritation.On top of that, introduce the sound of clippers gradually and ensure they are comfortable with the sensation to minimise stress.


Dealing with Matting

Start by gently separating the mats with your fingers. Use a detangling spray to soften the mats, making them easier to work through. Then, use a wide-toothed comb or a specialized mat splitter. Always be patient and use treats to keep the dog calm and cooperative. For stubborn mats, consider seeking professional help to avoid hurting the dog.


Post-grooming Care and Maintenance

Introduce a regular brushing routine to prevent tangles and mats from forming, making each

grooming session less stressful for your dog. It helps familiarise your dog with the process,

reducing anxiety over time. Note that you can also use nutrition to improve your dog's coat if the reason it tangles is not genetic.


For breeds like Shih Tzus, choosing the right food for Shih Tzu dogs supports a healthy, shiny coat that can make grooming easy and keep their hair in optimal condition.


Likewise, understanding what to feed your Poodle is crucial, as their unique curly coat needs

specific nutritional support for maintaining its texture and health. In addition, schedule regular

check-ups for any skin irritations or issues post-grooming.


Final Thoughts

Grooming keeps your pet looking good and healthy. Nevertheless, the unique coat types,

varying sizes, and distinct temperaments of various breeds can make grooming complex.

One of the ways to make grooming sessions less stressful is using the right tools and

techniques. You can ease your pet into the experience by letting it adjust to the grooming space and tools. In addition, keep grooming sessions short and positive, with lots of treats and praise.


Written By Guess Blogger: charlotte@charlottejohnson.net

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