How to Bathe and Groom a Biting Dog

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How to Bathe and Groom a Biting Dog
How to Bathe and Groom a Biting Dog

Bathing and grooming a dog can be pleasurable… until he tries to bite you. These dogs exhibit this behavior for several reasons: fear of what will be done to them, self-defense or even some medical condition that causes a lot of pain. Ignoring your friend's basic care is not an option, as this is important to your friend's appearance, hygiene, and overall health. Learn, in this article, how to turn this moment into something pleasant for a pet, when to wear a muzzle and what ways can make you more comfortable while bathing and grooming.


Part 1 of 3: Making the Moment More Enjoyable

Groom a Dog That Bites Step 1

Step 1. Don't overextend the basic care session

Spending too much time combing the coat or bathing, for example, can make the dog feel more stressed, afraid or in pain, leading to a reaction to the bite. That way, don't touch it for more than five to ten minutes and don't worry if you can't do everything you planned. That can be for later.

  • If you prefer to finish at once to ensure his well-being, take a few breaks during the grooming session.
  • Let him leave the room and wait for him to come back when he feels ready.
Groom a Dog That Bites Step 2

Step 2. Offer the furry's favorite snacks

When he behaves well, reward him with a treat he enjoys, helping him to associate this occasion with something positive. It is a way to encourage him to understand that it is good and beneficial for health, taking away his desire to bite.

This snack should be reserved for bathing and grooming time

Groom a Dog That Bites Step 3

Step 3. Redirect the animal's attention

When paying attention to something that is not part of the grooming session (like the time to cut his nails, for example), he may respond with a bite. A good idea is to play some quiet music or let your pet look out the window and focus on something positive and relaxing.

You can also talk to the furry one while taking care of him; the voice should be very calm so that it doesn't make you more anxious

Groom a Dog That Bites Step 4

Step 4. Don't punish the dog for growling

This attitude is a "warning sign", demonstrating that he is about to bite or attack, and punishing him at that time makes the warning not even occur, which will end up being worse: he will suddenly bite and may cause further injury. serious.

  • Instead of punishing him, stop caring for him or let him take a break.
  • No type of punishment will improve the dog's behavior.

Part 2 of 3: Wearing a muzzle

Groom a Dog That Bites Step 5

Step 1. See a veterinarian

The muzzle is a protection when the dog tries to move forward while someone cuts its nails, cleans its ears or takes a bath, for example. It will not, however, soothe the dog and make him enjoy the session more; in fact, the process can be made even more complicated by misusing the muzzle. Before purchasing this item, go to the vet.

  • As there are several types of muzzles available, the knowledge of the veterinarian is important to make your decision, choose the best one for the case in question and learn to use it safely.
  • The muzzle should be the last resort. Before, try other methods to calm you down.
Groom a Dog That Bites Step 6

Step 2. Choose a comfortable muzzle

Those that are made of mesh or padded fabrics are the most used when treating the animal; on the other hand, they should not be put on for too long, as the dog will not be able to eat, drink or perspire. A basket muzzle is also viable, as it will be able to perform all these functions more comfortably and without restrictions.

  • Regardless of which muzzle you choose, it's important that it's well-fitted and comfortable. It will be even worse if she falls when the dog tries to bite.
  • The strap around your neck should also be snug, not too loose or too tight. If you have opted for the basket noseband, see if the tip offers plenty of room for him to perspire, drink and eat.
  • This strap around the neck should be fitted like a collar.
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Step 3. Make sure the animal doesn't bother with the muzzle so much

No, he won't be super happy to have something around his muzzle; however, if the furry proves to be comfortable and is rewarded while you are with her, you will feel much more protected when having contact with the dog. Here are some tips on how to make this easier:

  • At first, pet the dog when he looks at the muzzle.
  • Transform the accessory into something more attractive by putting something really tasty, like peanut butter, right on the tip of it.
  • Once you've put on the muzzle, leave it on for just a few seconds, at least at first. Gradually increase this time.
  • Always reward him while wearing the muzzle to associate it with something positive.
Groom a Dog That Bites Step 8

Step 4. While in contact with the pet, leave the muzzle

Even if he is comfortable with the equipment, the dog will never be happy to use it and will not want to keep it for a long time. If the muzzle is made of mesh, put it on only when you think the animal will react badly, such as trimming its nails, for example; if it's a basket, it's better for her to stay from the beginning of the bath to the end and shave.

The basket noseband allows you to give him treats to please him for good behavior after his bath, while brushing his coat, and so on. When using any other type, give him a treat as soon as you finish and remove the muzzle

Part 3 of 3: Making the Dog More Comfortable

Groom a Dog That Bites Step 9

Step 1. Make him feel more comfortable with your touch

Some furry ones bite because they don't like certain parts of the body, like the paws, being touched; this reaction is his way of saying "Don't touch me there!" So that the dog does not feel so uncomfortable by touching more sensitive areas, do the following:

  • Always be careful and don't be in a hurry when touching it. He needs to know he can trust you and your actions.
  • Keep an eye on your pet's body language when handling spots where he gets irritated. Signs of body tension or growling require you to take your hand away and place it on a less sensitive spot, such as his back.
  • As soon as he stops reacting negatively to touching these areas, reward him with a treat.
Groom a Dog That Bites Step 10

Step 2. Get the dog to get used to the equipment used at the time of grooming

Scissors, brushes, noisy hair dryers and others can bother and scare the furry. If he is not used to having contact with these tools, the bite can be a form of self-defense; the next time you take care of him, be calm and gentle enough for the animal to get used to it and feel more at ease. Here are some tips for doing this:

  • “Introduce” each piece of equipment in a non-threatening way. Place them beside the dog, on the table, for example.
  • Whenever he looks or smells the tool, reward your partner.
  • Only use each device for a few seconds. When brushing the coat, run it once on the dog's back and set it aside.
  • Keep using them, increasing the time more and more and giving the furry one a pat if he doesn't get scared.
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Step 3. Know what to do with an animal in pain

It will usually stay on all fours while bathing or brushing, but pets with arthritis or some other joint problem can be in a lot of pain while staying in this position. So it's possible that the reaction is to bite when you touch it. The solution is to control this discomfort before the next bathing and grooming session.

Take the dog to the vet. A specialist can diagnose the exact condition causing pain by prescribing a pain reliever to lessen the discomfort

Groom a Dog That Bites Step 12

Step 4. Use natural methods to calm him down

A quiet, relaxed dog is far less likely to bite while you're looking after him; luckily, there are several options, such as wearing a Thundershirt® (calming shirt or vest), or even a diffuser or collar with pheromones to soothe you.

  • Florals, with plant and mineral essences, are great natural options for dog relaxation.
  • These products are available at pet stores.
  • Before administering any medication to the dog, talk to a veterinarian.
  • Depending on how much your friend hates grooming time, it may take a few tries (or more) before the tranquilizer starts to work.


Take the dog to a pet store or groomer for a bath and grooming, especially if you are uncomfortable with it because it bites. Employees will have experience dealing with dogs that are very fearful or aggressive


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