How to Groom a Dog That Bites

Sometimes grooming your dog (or someone else's) can be quite the chore. This is especially true if you don't want to get hurt in the process. This article can help with your safety, and the dog's. Be sure to gather the things mentioned in the list.


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    Get the dog onto a comfortable space that gives it enough room to stretch its paws. Dogs usually get cranky if they are cooped up into a tiny space, so make sure that it is able to get nice and comfortable where it's at, as this makes its urge to bite a lot lower.
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    Gather the dog-grooming tools. The better the quality and painlessness, the better. Most dogs have a low tolerance for pain, which makes them more able to snap at you and attempt to land a successful bite.
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    Calmly put your hand out for the dog to sniff. Talk to it in a low voice, almost a whisper, to soothe it, then gently rub your hand on it's neck to affirm your trust with it. Gaining the dog's trust makes it less likely to bite, as it knows that you are going to be gentle with it.
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    Start to gently groom the dog by brushing it first. The gentler and sweeter you are, the more the dog will trust you. Be sure to brush out the tangles without causing too much pain to the dog, as this agitates it. Use a brush formulated for long or shorthaired dogs, as this makes your job a lot easier.
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    If the dog attempts to bite, move your hand away from it for a few seconds. Then return to quietly grooming it. If it bites too much, consider asking the owner if you could be able to put a muzzle onto it to stop yourself from getting bit.
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    Reassure and reward the dog. After you finish grooming the dog, reassure it that everything is okay and hand it back to its owner.


  • Give the dog a treat after grooming, if it's allowed.


  • Dog bites can get infected.

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