Taking The Grrr out of Grooming Your Dog

This book has been written in response to the many guardians I hear struggling to groom their dogs. I hope that my experiences can offer techniques to help overcome their grooming related issues. I have focussed mainly on brushing and some basic help for clipping claws, with a little discussion around bathing and drying. I use the techniques in this book to achieve positive outcomes and reduce stress for both myself and the dogs I groom as a professional groomer, and with my own dogs. There are many other positive and effective techniques to explore and new methods are evolving all the time.Some basic canine behaviour is included to help you understand your dog.

It is so important that we observe when he is anxious, by taking notice of his body language, in order to learn how we can change the way he views being groomed by taking smaller, more manageable steps. This book will expand your dog behaviour toolbox with some wonderfully simple techniques for less stressful grooming. Easy to apply, you will see significant improvements in the behaviour and wellbeing of your dog whilst you are grooming.

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“Taking the Grrr out of Grooming Your Dog is a brilliant compilation of tips, insights and choice-based options that will be of interest to any canine guardian looking to increase their skill sets. Written from a groomer’s perspective whilst looking at the grooming experience through the eyes of the canine, this book is a must for anyone looking to reduce stress, build trust and improve outcomes.”

by Sarah Fisher


Laurie Lawrence

I highly recommend this book. The simplicity in which the author conveys her recommendations, along with many tips and insights, makes them easy to put into practise. With a clearer understanding of things from our dogs perspective we’re guided in ways to adapt our approach so as to build trust and deepen the bond we have with our dogs – sometimes it just needs a change in our mindset to start to improve the grooming experience.

Within a few days following this advice I have seen a huge difference in the way my nervous JR reacts to her feet being touched, simply by using Sue Williamson’s desensitisation methods – my JR now willingly puts her front paws in my hand (her choice) and will let me stroke them with the nail clippers. It takes patience and practise but I’m confident we’re finally on our way to happier, less stressful nail trimming sessions.. The authors gentle manner is quite infectious and will convince all who read this book that there is a better, more enjoyable way, than “just getting the job done”. Trust and respect forms the basis of her teachings.

Lisa Tenzin-Dolma Principal of The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour Founder of The Dog Welfare Alliance Organisation co-founder of ICAN

“It’s clear, comprehensive, and it’s going to help a lot of dogs and their caretakers”.