Is there anything that would either calm or sedate my dog when grooming him?

He is normally a placid dog however, he does not like being brushed or cut at all. When you go anywhere near him with a brush or scissors he starts to growl and get vicious which makes grooming him extremely difficult!

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10 Responses to Is there anything that would either calm or sedate my dog when grooming him?

  1. T J says:

    The mildest that you would have at home would be a little Benadryl. At the grooming shop we have the vet give them a little Acepromazine (prescription) when they are like that and present a danger either to themselves or to the groomer.

  2. Cam says:

    cover his eyes

  3. Liz, LVT says:

    Acepromazine is a widely use sedative that vets use to calm dogs down. It is very safe and can be used in small increments until the desired effect. Check with your vet and make sure your dog is healthy first as dogs with heart conditions shouldn’t have certain sedatives.

  4. joanplus4dogs says:

    There are homeopathic solutions like Rescue Remedy which may help some. You can’t buy any actual sedatives w/o a prescription from vet. It is better to slowly get your dog used to the grooming process by doing a small amounts slowly building up over time or taking him to a good qualified groomer used to handling difficult dogs.

  5. Sarah S says:

    My dog used to be like that. It takes some work but there are some things you can do to help him warm up to the grooming process. First of all you want him to become accustomed to the grooming tools. Put them next to him at a point when you are not grooming and he can instead grow accustomed to them. Praise and reward him for every step he makes such as not backing away from these items. You can continue to move them closer to him as grows more accustomed to them. Also if you have trouble clipping his toenails you can do the same thing, and even pet his feet so that he grows accustomed to you touching them. (meanwhile rewarding). When it comes time to groom there are a few things you can do. The most important thing is to stay really calm. Your dog is probably nervous and he will pick up on your calm energy. Second I always begin by petting my dog and then gently start to groom. One of my dogs is small enough that he sits on my lap while I groom him, which he seems to like better. And Lastly if your dog starts to get really agitated stop. It will take a little while to gain his trust and the more you try to force him the more scared he will be next time. Just resume again later. Good luck.

    Oh by the way I always reward my dog at the end with a treat(which he remembers) but I’m not sure if that is or isn’t necessary.

  6. tzafed10 says:

    My first suggestion would be benadryl. But please be sure to use the pink tabs that have ONLY diphenhydramine. The drugs in benadryl sinus, etc., are very bad for dogs. Ask your vet for the correct dosage for your dog. Ihave a 13 pound miniature Eskie and she takes 12 mg for her allergies. Benadryl has a sedative effect and works wonders for dogs with anxiety problems. It is safe for dogs.

    Also, you can buy lavender and chamomile spray that can have a calming effect on some dogs. It doesn’t work for all however. If he keeps being like that, ask your veterinarian. My mother had a dog that did the same thing and she got a mild tranquilizer from the vet to use at the time of grooming. If the dog can be calmed down for a few sessions of grooming, maybe he will eventually see that it isn’t so terrible and after awhile not need to be tranquilized. Some dogs are scared of grooming for no apparent reason. Some groomers use a soft nylon muzzle on dogs that try to bite, but you have to be careful not to leave it on more than a few minutes so that they don’t get overheated as dogs cool off by panting and their body temp goes up when they suffer from anxiety. The best thing is to discuss all this with your vet. Or you could try seeing if an experienced groomer can help. But please go to a small independent groomer, not one of the assembly-line grooming places like Pets Mart.

  7. Kiki says:

    Does your dog act like this when you try to touch his feet or other parts of his body? If so, you must gradually get him to accept you touching him there. Gently touch him, and praise him when he allows you to.
    If not, he must be scared of the brush. Someone probably groomed him roughly when he was a pup. You must have him begin to associate the brush with good things. Place the brush on the floor next to him with a small treat in it. Make sure your dog sees this. When he makes ANY movement towards the brush- no matter how small- praise enthusiactically, and keep encouraging him. When he takes the treat or just noses the brush, praise him again. Repeat this several times, but not all at once. Once your dog is less wary of the brush, you can pick it up and begin to approach him. Once your dog calms down (if he acts vicious), praise him and provide a treat, all while holding the brush out. When your dog finally allow you to brush him, do so gently and avoid pulling too hard on tangles, or he may begin to fear the brush again. You may also want to purchase a new, different brush.
    And, I recommend taking the dog to a groomer to get him clipped rather than trying to yourself.
    Good luck!

  8. sewandsew says:

    Check with your Vet about giving your dog Benadryl. Even though it’s an antihistamine, it is given for other things such as sleep and relaxation. You can buy it over the counter and it comes in pill, capsule or liquid form. If you buy the generic you will save a substantial amount of money. The pills are good because they can be cut in half depending on your dog’s size and the liquid is a good choice if you have difficulty getting your dog to take pills. Good luck to you and your dog.

  9. Su-Nami says:

    Some one at the vets office told me to try Dramine.

  10. Stephen A says:

    Grooming isn’t just about making your puppy look good. Regular care removes dead hair, keeps the coat and skin healthy, and gives you the opportunity to check your pup’s general health. It’s also important time spent together, building your relationship, trust and understanding. There’s even scientific evidence that grooming sessions reduce stress and blood pressure – for both of you!

    More grooming tips,

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