So most dogs don’t exactly enjoy having a spa day like we do because apparently they have better things to do then getting their hair and nails done, but grooming is something that is required regulary. Regulary can vary depending on the type of dog you own, the hairstyle they have, how dirty they get, how clean you like them, how fast their nails grow, etc. but typically every 4-8 weeks is a good time frame for a bath and nails every other week. Of course that timeframe can vary based on those above factors plus more, but there are certain exercises that can help make grooming easier for your dog and for their groomer. When your dog behaves it makes grooming time go by faster and is easier on their bodies, if your dog starts showing signs of artritis or was recently hurt by maybe falling on ice, let your groomer know a certain leg may be sore, otherwise dogs like to let us know by communicating with their teeth. Alerting them prior can help how they handle your dog as well as moving slower and more carefully. A well-experienced groomer can also make grooming go by faster as they have more knowledge of proper body handling
Spin/Turn – Ideally this is on command so they’re not making circles the entire time on the table which makes grooming much more challenging when they’re not staying still. This is useful for in the bathtub or to get the otherside of their body while grooming. This is more for the bigger dogs and also depends on the grooming set up, as some spaces may have an open concept to get all the way around. This exercise helps with spine mobility and flexion.
1st Stand – This is the most useful as your dog will probably be standing minimum of an hour between getting their bath, nails, drying and haircut, that’s a minimum time as well. Depending on the size of your dog, how thick their hair is, how long the hair is, your groomer’s style/experience, it will be much longer then an hour. That doesn’t mean it’s a continuous time standing in place, they’ll more then likely have a break in between bathing and grooming. Most dogs do better when they’re elevated to stay in place compared to trying to stand still on the ground, so if you have something your dog can jump onto to build duration and stillness that would be very helpful. Core Strength.
Up – Jumping up onto the grooming table is especially useful for more of the bigger dogs. Most smaller dogs are placed on the table, but bigger dogs are not as easy to carry around. Ideally a grooming table that can be lowered so they can hop up not only helps your dog out by not jumping as high, but your groomer’s back as well. Mobilty.
2nd Leg Lifts paw, hip abduction. Balance, Flexiblity, Core Strength
Paws Up – This one can be used for the bigger dogs to maybe help get into the tub if it’s taller, for a little boost or onto the grooming table, or into the car to get to the appt. This is also useful for the smaller dogs while grooming. When grooming smaller dogs it’s a little more challenging to get their under bellies, so picking up their front feet makes it easier to see. This takes some balance, hind end strength and flexibility, so by working on paws up conditions their bodies to not find it as streneous.