Please sit still

The biggest challenge that I have had so far with dog grooming is getting the dogs to sit still while I groom them. It’s so much harder than it looks. I know that most groomers hook the dog’s collar securely on the platform like this:

But that still doesn’t prevent the dog from squirming all over the place. I’ve been using dog treats, like really good dog treats including bacon from this recipe on AllRecipes, but that hasn’t worked.

I’ve even tried tiring all of the dogs out before I groom them. Usually I have around 2-3 dogs at a time in my shop. I had previously been putting them all in their own dog crates while they weren’t being worked on, but figured that this was only containing their energy for when they actually got to the grooming part. So I purchased a dog playpen that I found on Best Dog Crates and Beds in order to tire the dogs out. But that hasn’t worked.

I don’t know, maybe I need to go for a run with them before I groom them? I don’t think that’s feasible though. That would take up so much of my time and I’m already operating on razor thin margins.

I’m sure I’ll think of something eventually, but this is super frustrating…