Helping your Pet Deal with Grooming Anxiety

It is not uncommon for dogs to experience anxiety when being taken to the grooming salon. Most dogs, upon being taken to a new place feel nervous and scared, since they are unfamiliar with their surroundings, the people, and the idea of being alone without their owners. There are some extreme anxiety cases and some signs to watch for are odd behaviors, extreme shaking or salivation, or constant whimpering. In some cases, when a dog has extreme anxiety, it is best to ask your vet for medication that helps them relax for a few hours while the groom is taking place. However, a lot of the time the dog is experiencing temporary anxiety and just needs some time to get comfortable. It is very important for not only the groomers but the owners to work with their pets to help them deal with their grooming anxiety.

  1. The most important thing is to get your dog used to is being groomed from a young age. The earlier a dog is exposed to grooming, the more familiar, comfortable, and excited he will be for his appointments.
  2. Before leaving home, make sure your pet has had time to use the bathroom. When a dog is nervous, sometimes accidents cannot be avoided. This makes certain dogs feel even more anxious in fear of being scolded for their “bad behavior”.
  3. Let your dog smell the surroundings before entering the shop. When they get a smell of the other animals and can familiarize themselves with the surroundings and scents, they will be more confident with their new environment.
  4. Make sure to enter the grooming salon with your pet. Be excited, give them a treat, and tell them how good they are being. Let them smell around the area and say hello to the groomers. If you spend a few minutes in the shop, they will not be as nervous about the new place.
  5. Some dogs feel more comfortable when a familiar object is around. Feel free to bring their favorite toy or blanket that can be kept in their cage while they are waiting to be groomed. This will help relieve any anxiety and remind them of home, which is always a good tactic to keep them calm and comfortable.

We at Clayton Pet Spa will do everything possible to make sure your beloved pet is relaxed and feeling calm! Some dogs get more comfortable as time goes on, others always exhibit some signs of anxiety. Either way, our groomers are committed to making sure everything goes smoothly and calmly throughout the grooming process.

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