The festive season is just around the corner and your dog is ready to be groomed, but is this process a little hard? Does your dog enjoy being groomed or do they find it uncomfortable? Here's what Jackie Murphy G.Dip ABM/A.Dip CBM/MISAP (beh)/MEST (QTLS)/TCBTS/ABTC Registers for Accredited Animal Behaviourist and Animal Trainer Instructor has to say.
Grooming can actually be quite a distressing time for some dogs. They may be uncomfortable with close handling generally and having all those tatty knots pulled out might just plain hurt!
In these types of situations, a dog may growl because it is uncomfortable and / or frightened and the dog simply wants the situation to stop. However, ‘nice’ or sociable the dog, there is a risk of a bite if a dog is growling. It is essential that a dog is not ‘made’ to be brushed / clipped. This will only make the behaviour worse and the dog may react by snapping or biting.
There are many positive and safe ways to teach a dog to be comfortable being groomed and handled, but it requires professional support and advice with practical demonstrations. It is important to get a professional evaluation and plan by contacting your local member of the Canine Behaviour & Training Society. The Society has Accredited Animal Behaviourists and Animal Behaviour Technicians registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. This provides reassurance that you will get knowledgeable and professional help.
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