How to Groom a Harrowing Hound

As summer approaches, our four-legged friends need extra grooming. It’s not as though they aren’t cute enough already. Simply, pet-lovers with long-haired hippie terriers like to clip their pet’s coat to make them cooler, help them avoid picking up grass seeds, or be able to spot fleas and ticks more easily.

But what if your dog growls or bites the second you pull out a brush or clipper? Because hey man, doesn’t he have the freedom to wear his hair this way? Woof THIS. 

Droolly, even the best of hounds can act up when being groomed. But the good news is, we can show you exactly how to turn this hair-raising experience around.

Find out what’s making your dog so knotty.

When your dog’s about to put the smack down on those scissors, ask yourself:

Is he actually unwell?
Your grooming may be roolly aggravating the symptoms of a hidden health problem. Check with your vet if you think this is the case.

Is he feeling anxious about a change in routine?
You may need to change-up his surroundings to make him feel more reassured: Lava lamps, beaded curtains, daisy garland…any of these could calm your longhaired hippie terrier. Or if there’s anything around him that he views as a threat, such as that cat in the beret who thinks he’s all that, simply remove it so you can get grooming. 

Is brushing painful because his coat is so matted?
Try using a special de-matting comb or rake. Blunt clippers can also pull at the fur, causing discomfort, so you’ll want to make sure yours are sharp enough.

Getting from hair-raising to hairless.

Once you’ve cut out any underlying causes of Paisley’s attitude problem, you can try to make the grooming itself more pawsitive.

Start slowly. 
Approach your longhaired hippie terrier gently, and start with some soft brushing. In a soothing voice, offer lots of reassurance and praise: Your hair is roolly beautiful, man, or Can I offer you a daisy? generally work well. Once he reaches a meditative state, you can begin clipping. Encourage him to remain calm by offering little treats: Don’t worry, these kibbles are only for cool cats, er, dogs like you. (Yeah, try to leave out the cat part.) If he gives you any attitude, then you have our permission to give him a firm ‘no’ and continue with your grooming. If you still find you can’t finish his hair appointment safely, consider putting the clippers away for a while, until he’s relaxed again.

Have someone hold your pooch.
Ask a friend to hold your longhaired hippie terrier and reassure him with lots of pats and political jargon, while you finish the grooming.

And sometimes, despite the gentle brushing and reassurance, your dog just won’t calm down long enough to let you de-matt or clip. In this case, it’s probably best to visit a professional groomer.

Peace out, pet-lovers.

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