Creating a safe and trusting relationship is a key step in this process. We should always work towards creating a low stress experience, be sure we are communicating to our dog’s clearly so they understand what we are asking them to do and work to make the experience as discomfort free as possible.
Once you have done these things you (or your groomer or handler) will find that grooming your dog becomes much easier and more efficient which means your dog will spend less time on the table. Dogs who are comfortable and cooperative on the grooming table will also end up with a better trim as well!
Equally important is the fact that your dog’s emotional state during the grooming process will influence how they feel on the show grounds and in the ring. Happy confident well-groomed dogs are more likely to win!