Joanne Angus tackles a fearful first trip to the groomers.


I have recently rehomed a small terrier with quite long, coarse hair. The coat is going to need professional attention at some point, but I don’t know much about where she came from, and she seems very nervous. How can I best prepare her for a visit to the groomer so it isn’t too stressful, or is it something I should try to manage at home?

Joanne says: Grooming should be an enjoyable experience for your dog so handling is of the utmost importance. You can start to alleviate any worries by introducing your dog slowly to being brushed. Use a soft brush to start with, and build your dog’s confidence in being handled over all areas of her body. I would recommend that you research and find a qualified groomer, and speak to them about your concerns. One of a groomer’s roles is to work sympathetically with all dogs, and they should answer any questions you may have.

To find a qualified groomer, visit You could also help your dog by using Vita Canis Comfort Blend and/or calming spray. These are aromatherapy products for dogs (, and help to alleviate stress.

Joanne Angus — LCGI is a founder member of the Guild of Master Groomers.

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