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    Red face My Dog and Grooming Not a Good Mix.

    My dog is hard to groom, he seems to think its a game and plays up on me. I would be lucky if I could brush him let alone bath him or anything. every time I try to bath him he bolts on me . Does any one know what I could do to keep him under control while I am grooming him.
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    Teach him the command stand. Stand means stand there and dont move until I release you.

    Also do it when he is sleepy - most of my dogs get brushed lying down - usually cause I take forever to do it and it hurts my arms otherwise lol.

    Take him to a groomer a few times - he will learn.

    Hydrobath him too - ask your vet for the nearest one.

    time and patience will make it a pleasant exercise later on

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    You can sometimes try doing a little bit of it when he is super tired. Maybe if he is lying down asleep you can sit and do a little at a time. This might help him get the feel of it without him feeling like running off and playing.

    Routine can help too. Pick the same time or spot to do grooming so he knows what to expect.

    Try a little at a time, just like any other training, so he gets the idea of what you expect of him.

    Good luck!

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    Mine all ADORE a massage!! I also use this in bathing and grooming the pound babes who are often very stressed in the environment and have not have much experience in being bathed and groomed.

    A firm massage around the bottom/top of tail end all the way up to the shoulders, neck and ears...chest seems to hit the spot for most doggies i know!

    Also the sun is great after a towel dry and play! makes them even more sleeepppy and relaxed

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    Thanks, I'll give all your ideas a try and she which ones work the best. Occy, I think that taking him to a dog groomer is a good Idea, would you know how much it would cost?
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    Occy will respond i am sure, but small dogs for a bath, dry, clip and groom are $45 with my groomer. Medium/Large $60.

    Mobile may be cheaper? and suit you better. A bath, dry and groom only, will be cheaper i believe (no clipping) A groom, bath, towel dry even better. Just make sure it a nice day and there is time for your dog to dry off.

    A ring around and comparing prices would be a great idea...

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    If you use a mobile, make sure the water is nice and warm, some don't like to wait long enough for it to warm up.

    Nice warm water can make the difference between a dog fighting to get away and a dog putting up with a bath...

    You can try it yourself if your folks don't mind you using the bath... Offering to clean it afterwards can make a difference to their opinion of this...

    If you get one of those shower/hose attachments (from Big W, KMart or similar pet section) that is a plastic hose that slips onto your bath tap with a shower head on the other end you can try it yourself.

    I'm lucky in that my bath has a disabled type handrail to tie a dog lead to! But you can tie them to a tap if you're really tricky... A non-slip bath mat, and warm water. Start with very low water pressure, just around the feet. Move up the legs gradually. If you can get him wet then turn water off and shampoo. Mix shampoo and water in an old empty shampoo bottle so it's diluted and you can quickly pour it all over him. Then give him a lovely scrubby massage all over.

    Warm water again starting from the feet. If you can master the wash it makes life much easier. If he has a long coat and gets knots, you can use conditioner. Rub some into the bad spots and brush or comb the knots out with it still in there. Then rinse. Much less pulling and really soft afterwards - won't knot easily again.

    If you can manage to brush conditioner through him in the bath, you will really cut down on any brushing between baths, as his hair will stay much softer and won't tangle easily.

    It feels great if you manage it and your dog looks good - keep trying, grooming can be good bonding and very rewarding when you're pleased with your work!

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    We don't take our dogs to a groomer anymore, Axle got groomed twice, and on the second time, he came out of the mobile van whimpering and looking sooky. Once the woman left I checked him over, and at the top of his tail, there was a dip. I touched it and he whimpered again, he wouldn't let us touch it too much. We tried to get back in contact with the groomer but we never did. I think she pulled hard on his tail to get him to stay still.

    So since then, we just wash them at home. We tie one up to the trailer on the driveway with their lead, and wash them separately. They love having a bath and a brush on a warm day, but we have to keep them on the deck until they are properly dry, otherwise they go rolling in the dirt
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    I agree with the hydrobath if it's too hard to bath him yourself. Most dogs really do enjoy the massage.
    As Nattylou said...make sure they use warm water....have a bucket of HOT water ready to pour into the bath when the person gets there...they'll already have cold water...so it's instantly warm

    I used to have a Kelpie who hated the hose....he'd choke hmself just to get away..but he was good in the hydrobath

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    hydro baths are great they give the dog a massage the same time as washing. I am a groomer and Ally i cant believe that mobile groomer hurt your dog, you need to track her down, that is not on. grooming needs a lot of patience but there is no excuse for hurting a dog, hope your tail is ok Axle

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