Why Is Your Dog Acting Weird After Grooming? What You Need to Know

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Grooming the hair of brown dog breed Cocker Spaniel.

Grooming your dog is a necessity, which keeps your dog’s fur in check and free from mattes. It’s also great for the hot weather or if your dog is shedding too much! However, have you ever noticed that your dog starts to act a bit weird, even sad after a grooming session? It really makes you wonder why your dog’s acting weird after grooming!

Don’t worry, because you aren’t alone and there are various reasons why your dog acts a bit off. So read on as I explain about dogs acting weird after grooming to help you out!

Why Is My Dog Acting Weird After Grooming?

After your dog comes home from the grooming station, especially after a huge change, he may begin to feel weird. Your dog might cower and hide from you, look angry or annoyed, even sad at times! It might be worrying, but this is actually totally normal dog behavior after the drastic change.

After all, it’s a huge change that wasn’t anticipated, so he may feel a bit of discomfort. When their fur is cut they feel lighter, having them feel confused and hiding because of it. Plus, some dogs may feel a bit odd while being detangled or brushed, which can cause some itching or head shaking.

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Smiling woman haircut white poodle.

Some dogs would actually love the feeling of a new haircut, though there are dogs who also don’t feel comfortable from it. It also depends on their owner’s reaction. If customers are laughing or angry at the cut, it may strike negative feelings towards the dogs, feeling like it’s their fault.

Think of it as YOU getting a haircut after a long time. If you’ve got long hair and suddenly had it cut off and groomed, you’ll feel lighter and new, and it may not be a good thing, especially if you didn’t ask for it! It’s a different sensation and there’s more air, which may take time getting used to, just like what your dog feels like.

While it’s totally normal for dogs to feel this way, there IS abnormal dog behavior you have to take note of, which are:

  • Sleepy or overheated dogs who may have been drugged or sedated by the groomer to relax them (this is actually illegal!)
  • Aggressive dog or feeling like he’s in pain
  • Dog shaking their head, water in ears, or itching more than usual
  • Blood in nails or rectum or pain while defecating (sign of injury from cleaning anal glands)

Dog Grooming Care Tips

Now that you’re familiar about why your dog’s acting weird after grooming, what can you do to calm your dog? Here are some tips to follow before, during, and after your dog’s grooming session:

  • If your dog feels scared and anxious even during the car ride, try counter conditioning to ease their fear and have them enjoy the car. You should also have our dog get used to being handled with both the groomer and the tools they’ll use even on sensitive spots. Touch them in specific areas, had them calm down, and go slowly, giving treats to reward your dog for being calm.
  • Consider bringing his favorite toy to the groomer to have your dog feel comfortable. If possible, give treats and talk to him with a soothing voice as he is groomed, rather than leaving him. This is important especially if your dog doesn’t know the groomer yet.
  • Have him get used to the haircut and if he feels scared from it, continue to give him proper love and compliments to make him feel better about his new look. It may take time for the weird feeling to pass, but continue a daily routine with love and treats, and your dog will be back in no time! Remember that your dog has feelings and just like us having a new look or haircut, we’ll feel hurt if we’re laughed at or ignored and hated for our new look! So when you see your dog, compliment and give him hugs, showing how much you love their look to give them a boost of confidence.

For more information on this topic, check out this informative video on how to groom your dog:

Wrapping It Up

When it comes to grooming your dog, you need to ensure that he’s comfortable and feels safe the entire time. While he may feel a bit off after, there are ways to cheer him up and have him back to normal!

I hope that this article on why your dog’s acting weird after grooming answered your queries. So start taking this information before and during your next dog grooming session to lessen your dog’s negative feelings!

If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences when grooming a dog, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

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Sassyone
Sassyone
1 month ago

I took my border collie/ red heeler to get trimmed. Not only did he get shaved but much 2 short. Now he mopes around the house. He used to be totally comfortable with me rubbing his belly and back. Now he will hardly let me rub his belly, he moans when I touch hes back like it hurts. Could this be from a ruff groomer? Very concerned mom

hannah
hannah
12 days ago
Reply to  Sassyone

sassy- My dog is doing the same thing and i did the haircut myself so i know it was gentle- Ive put a tank top on him simulating the cloak farmers put on sheeps after they’re sheared.. when he has the tank top on hes back to him normal self. I ‘ll keep taking it on and off as he adjusts

Wendy Farrens
Wendy Farrens
1 month ago

My dog also came home from the groomers 2 days ago, and hasn’t let us touch him. He seemed fine the first evening, getting rubs and pats. But the very next day he began flinching, and moving away when barely touched. I don’t see any red spots although he was cut very close (too close!) and lays on the bed and rubs himself on the blanket, but won’t let us touch him hardly at all. So sad and worrisome. He looks at us as though we’ve hurt him. I’m waiting for his fur to grow in some and hoping that… Read more »

Wendy Farrens
Wendy Farrens
1 month ago
Reply to  Lina

Thank you Lina. That’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do. Being very respectful of his desire to not be touched, and giving him lots of herbal loves and I’ve even let him lick me/kiss me more than I ever usually do! That allows him to give me loves as well.

hannah
hannah
12 days ago
Reply to  Wendy Farrens

Reposting this in case it helps, Our corgi was depressed after I gave him hist first haircut a couple of days ago.. I put a tank top on him, (I figured the extra weight would help him adjust to his new cut and act as a thundershirt so he could relax) after wearing the tank top for ten minutes he was back to himself-playing and roughhousing. I take the shirt off of him when we play so that he associates his new cut with funny happy times- it’s been a couple days and he’s pretty much fully adjusted now. I… Read more »

Elizabeth Santos
Elizabeth Santos
1 month ago

Hi, I bring Zoe for grooming and when she get home she act weird, she likes to sleep always, not so joyful, like sad, doesn’t want to be carried, doesn’t want to be touch not like before. I am just concerned. How long she is going to be like this

Pam
Pam
28 days ago
Reply to  Lina

Hi I have the same issue. I have a 9 month Lhasa who is normally energetic & fun loving. He was matted & had to be shaved. Ever since he has not been himself & is acting lethargic. I even took him to the vets & carried out bloods which came back normal. I think it may have something to do with him being shaved. Will he get back to his normal self?

Teresa cole
Teresa cole
20 days ago

Hello our dog had a groom yesterday and a lot shorter than she had before. I was shock but realised that she was very Matty. But bless her she came home very tired and acting weird while eating her food. She takes little bits out and runs away and at one point my husband had to put it in his hand to feed her, she than jump as though she had a electric shock. We are abit worried as she has never acted like this before. This is her fourth time she been groomed but this was a different groomer.… Read more »

hannah
hannah
12 days ago
Reply to  Teresa cole

(reposted for theresa) Our corgi was depressed after I gave him hist first haircut a couple of days ago.. I put a tank top on him, (I figured the extra weight would help him adjust to his new cut and act as a thundershirt so he could relax) after wearing the tank top for ten minutes he was back to himself-playing and roughhousing. I take the shirt off of him when we play so that he associates his new cut with funny happy times- it’s been a couple days and he’s pretty much fully adjusted now. I hope that helps!

Eliza
Eliza
18 days ago

Hello, my havanese got shaved a few days ago, and funnily enough, I have noticed that he is more lovey and eager to be pet than usual. He has a lot more energy it seems and is pulling on his leash more during walks. I am actually glad about this because I had thought his tiredness was due to him getting old. It is so interesting that a haircut can change his behavior.

Hailey
Hailey
7 days ago

Hey my dog got back from the groomers a couple days ago and ever sence he’s had diarrhea and has been been peeing around the house and he’s usually a VERY hyper dog and he’s just been laying around the house and I’m going to take him to the vet I was just wondering if they might have drugged him or if this was related.