Learn-To-Groom Your Fearful Dog


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Helping Fearful Dogs


Regular grooming is not just about keeping your dog looking good—it’s also about maintaining your dog’s physical health. Dogs with hair need to be groomed every 6-8 weeks. But regular grooming is expensive and can be challenging if you have a fearful or aggressive dog that hates being groomed.


Let’s face it, most dogs do not enjoy being groomed--the process is even harder for fearful dogs. Fearful dogs dislike loud noises, sudden movements, and strange hands coming at them. They especially dislike having their faces and paws touched and their nails trimmed. Fearful dogs can become severely stressed during grooming and some snap or bite.


Some groomers use force and physical restraint—like muzzling or having an assistant pin the dog down—when grooming “difficult” clients. This just reinforces the dog’s fear of grooming. Many groomers will simply refuse to work with dogs that snap or growl during grooming. The risk of being bitten is just not worth the money. This leaves dog owners with limited options. They either have to “groomer shop” continuously to find groomers who will put up with their difficult dog, or take the dog to a vet to have grooming performed under sedation, a costly and medically risky solution. In extreme cases, dogs are put to sleep due to their aggressive reactions to being groomed.

Let us teach you to groom your fearful dog yourself

The first solution is our Learn-To-Groom classes. Grooming your dog yourself in your home where your dog feels safe can reduce the stresses associated with the grooming process. We will teach you techniques to manage your dog during grooming (so that you or your dog don’t get hurt!) and condition your dog to feel more comfortable. An added benefit to learning to groom yourself is that you will save hundreds of dollars on grooming costs every year. For more information on our grooming classes, click here

Pet Care Businesses-- Grooming and Veterinary

Grooming a fearful dog takes a lot of experience and patience. Combine that

experience with years of positive reinforcement training and you have an instructor that can not only teach your employees how to care for special need grooming cases, you know you're working with someone with hands-on experience with these type of cases. Contact us to discuss tailoring a package that fits your needs by clicking here.  

Topics can be tailored to fit your business needs.Here are several options:

  • Understanding fear reactive dogs.

  • Tailoring special hand-outs for your client's with difficult dogs.

  • Understanding when a dog is past their stress threshold.

  • Understanding dog body language and stress in dogs

  • Learn how to condition a dog to tolerate being groomed

Shelter Staff and Workshops for Adopters

There's no worse feeling than when your adopters feel they have nowhere to turn for grooming help. After 20 years working in the pet industry, we have seen countless dogs returned to shelters, rescues and in some cases, euthanized because they just were to unmanageable and costly to groom. In an effort to support the community and our local shelters we will provide free workshops to any group looking to educate their adopters on force free grooming strategies. Contact us to discuss a workshop that fits your needs by clicking here.  


The course exceeded my expectations and I learned so much. Just yesterday, when my husband was walking our dogs, our neighbor commented on how great they looked and wondered where we got them groomed. He said he spent $100 every month to groom his dog...and asked if we are taking clients!




Thank you so much for offering this class. With my dog being a rescue he is always nervous around strangers and hated going to the groomer. Your class gave me the instruction I needed to successfully be able to groom him at home on my own.  He is so much happier and less stressed with me doing it.  I highly recommend your class