Dog grooming tables are a must-have tool for many owners because they are such a convenient, time-saving approach to grooming. There is no doubt that many of these tables are designed with the human owner in mind. The idea is to make the grooming process more convenient in a safe environment. They are more appealing and comfortable and generally lead to happy owners. However, we also have to consider the happiness of the dog.
How can we be sure that our pet dogs are comfortable while on these tables?
There are elements of these tables that will be unfamiliar to dogs, and they may not like the feel of them. This is especially true for those that use restraints to keep the dog in position. Dogs may feel confined in an unfamiliar position during a process they aren’t too fond of. This is a recipe for disaster. The best thing to do is make sure that the dog is as comfortable with each element as possible before proceeding.
First you want to make sure that they are comfortable on the surface of the table. Remember that rubber surfaces are safer and sturdier than other materials. Lower the table, let them climb up and make a fuss of them for a while while they stand and lie on this odd contraption. You don’t need to introduce any grooming yet. Yet make sure that they realize that they are welcome on this table and good things will happen when they jump up. This aspect of the training may be helpful for those dogs that aren’t allowed on furniture, and may therefore not understand why this table isn’t part of the rules.
Once they are happy to climb on board, you need to get them used to the motion of going up and down
This may be easier on electric models with a smoother process, although the noise could spook some animals. The manual approach is quieter, but may be jerkier. Practice the method and mechanics before letting the dog onboard to be sure of a smoother ride. Once they are at the right height, and happy to be there, you can work on the restraints. A familiar leash, lots of praise and treats all help here. Eventually, you will be able to bring in the clippers and get to work. Of course, it should go without saying that the dog really does need to be completely comfortable with the process of grooming for this work.
With the right approach to training your dog, and a little patience with the procedures, you can ensure that your dog is calm and co-operative when they use this dog grooming table. There are some animals that will never enjoy the process of grooming, or having their feet touched. However, those that have the training to know that the table is a safe, positive place will do a lot better. You can’t rush the process and expect dogs to understand what is happening straight away. Take your time and the rewards will be clear when you finally get the clippers out.
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