Polish Lowland Sheepdog -pons - pon the dog
PON von Regensdorf , Switzerland
When your PON hates grooming
Grooming can be very stressful for a PON if they have sensitive skin (or remember having their skin pulled by harsh grooming tools) are being groomed on big tables or around loud noises of equipment, etc,. Creative approaches to grooming include desensitizing your PON. Many owners may need to start
fresh as if they are coping with a puppy and slowly brush their PON. Start with a relaxed and happy PON by taking him or her for a walk before a grooming session. Offer treats and speak in soft tones.
It is also possible to calm your PON without sedating it
with natural remedies. Experienced groomers recommend trying
ready-relief, the herbal drop used to calm people and children if
they are available in your area (consult your vet), or a DAP spray
or plug in. DAP stands for dog appeasing pheromone and is a
pheromone given off by nursing mother dogs which calms dogs. Google
results for this option.
Remember that every PON is an individual and may not be able to
be rehabilitated in this way, some PONS will always protest having
their legs and feet handled, but if they can learn to allow touching
it will make their grooming experience considerably less stressful.
It is very important to keep a calm mindset, PONS can sense our
energy and know when we are getting frustrated or irritated. If you
feel any frustration it is time to end the grooming session. Keep it
all light hearted and positive to have the best results. You may
want to offer a tasty treat that your PON particularly enjoys, and
reserve this one treat when your PON is going to be groomed.
My PONS have always enjoyed thin slices of bananas. Your PONS may
enjoy peanut butter. Good luck and please keep us updated.