“Grooming is something you do with a dog and not to a Dog.”

Mandy L. Tocco

To do this a connection must be made based on trust, leadership and benevolence. Body language, touch, fairness, experience, intuition, and compassion are some of the skills we use to accomplish this.

What’s Next?

A little harder please

What did you say is next?

Does this mean I’m ready to leave the bath?

My bath is gonna feel sooo good!

It’s very relaxed here.

I like you!

Some people have unique requests…

Even mohawks!

I like you!

What did you say?

Just like people, some dogs have:

  • Physical Problems
  • Emotional Problems
  • Negative Associations
  • Learned Behavior
  • Bad attitudes
  • Lack of Social Grace and Manners

So what do we do? The key is to understand the origin of the behavior, and then we show, help, teach, insist, and reward according to the needs of each dog. Some dogs don’t have any of the above problems, but all dogs need to learn what’s expected of them on a grooming table so that the grooming can happen in a safe, balanced, connected and expedient way. Even a joyful, happy, or over-zealous dog needs to be steady and connected while being groomed. This clears the way for a friendship and a trusting relationship to develop. The stage is now set for stress and fear to diminish. Grooming should be a positive experience for your pet!