Published at Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Dog Grooming. By Brucie Delannoy.
The care provided to a dog through grooming provides the basic foundation training that your dog needs to become comfortable with being touched. If your pooch is uncomfortable having her paws or ears handled, a regular routine will teach her that she doesn't have to be afraid of dog grooming supplies. Long-haired breeds can quickly develop painful mats and tangles in their fur if it isn't brushed regularly, and this can lead to a dog that shies away from being touched because the dog has learned that petting can hurt.
Most pet owners know that the way a dog is treated can have a serious impact on the animal's behavior, and dog grooming is no exception. A regular grooming schedule not only keeps your pet healthy, it can also improve the dog's temperament. Working to ensure that your dog has positive grooming experiences will help him or her be comfortable in many social situations, and it can also deepen the bond between you and your pet.
Regular dog grooming can also help you learn to communicate better with your pet. As you learn to respond to Fido's needs, he also learns acceptable ways of letting you know when he is uncomfortable or in pain. As your dog becomes accustomed to a scheduled routine and around grooming tools you may find that he behaves more calmly in other social situations as well – such as when children approach and want to play with the puppy's ears or tail. If your dog has already learned to be comfortable having her ears handled or being around dog grooming clippers, she can take this in stride and stay calm through the attention.
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