Special Techniques & Considerations for Grooming Dogs with Anxiety

At Woofgang Bakery & Grooming, we see it all. Some dogs are wagging their tails like crazy when they walk into our pet salon, while others are hiding in fear or putting their “brakes” on. Because we want EVERY dog to enjoy their “spa experience”, we understand the needs of anxious dogs and take extra steps to ease their anxiety while getting groomed including a completely cage free grooming experience. Here we address the reasons why your dog may be anxious and provide tips on how to ease this anxiety while he or she is getting groomed.  

Reasons Why Your Dog May Be Anxious

There are a ton of reasons why your dog may be anxious at the very site (or smell) of a groomer, some of which include:

  • A previous negative experience at the groomer, i.e. razor burn from clippers, nails being clipped too short which can cause pain, or having hair pulled during removal of mats and knots

  • Loud noises at the groomer

  • Natural tendencies to experience anxiety with a new situation and new people

Whether your dog had a previously negative experience or has a natural tendency to be anxious, special techniques and considerations will help make the grooming experience more pleasant. Hopefully, as time goes by your dog’s anxiety will diminish as they have more positive interactions while being groomed. 

Tips to Ease Groomer Anxiety


When your dog gets groomed, his or her ears, groin area, paws, and glands will need to be handled. Massage is an excellent way to prepare your dog for this! Gently pet your dog from head to toe, play with his or her paws, and play with the ears. You can even stimulate the grooming experience by putting your dog on a raised table. 

Bathing, Brushing, and Supplies

Try exposing your dog to as many of the sensations of grooming as possible. Do this by regularly brushing your dog, getting them used to the sights and sounds of a pet salon (turning on the hairdryer), and holding up a pair of nail trimmers next to his or her paws without clipping. Give your pup a well-deserved treat after you do any of these!


Ever heard the saying, “A tired dog is a happy dog?” Well, it’s true! Not only do dogs need plenty of exercise, but it’s also a great way to work out any nervous energy. Before heading to the groomer, plan to take your dog on a nice, long walk. 

The Car Ride

While some dogs love to ride in a car, for others it is a stressful experience. Curb your dog’s apprehension about car rides by bringing his or her favorite blanket or toy and driving around without a set destination (This way your dog will not relate a car ride to a stressful visit to the groomer or vet.), and don’t forget the treats! 


Many groomers, including Woofgang, have adopted aromatherapy into their pet salon treatments. Train your dog to associate the calming scents found in most aromatherapy dog shampoos (lavender, chamomile, essential vitamins) with peaceful settings. 

Woofgang Bakery & Grooming will help ease your dog’s groomer anxiety! 

At Woofgang Bakery & Grooming, our groomers are thoroughly trained to accommodate the needs of any dog and will work with you and your pup to ensure a safe and comfortable grooming experience. Want to learn more about our pet spa services or book an appointment? Please call our Clearwater pet groomer at (727) 724-9663!