Grooming loops are an invaluable tool for all groomers. They help you keep the dog right where you want him while you groom him. The loops can be adjusted to accommodate any size dog.
A Groomer's Best Friend
Grooming loops are adjustable loops that go around the dog's neck and have a snap on the end to attach to a grooming arm or eyebolt. These loops give you a much-needed third arm to keep your dog in place while you use both of your hands to work on her.
Grooming loops are also known as nooses. If you aren't watching your dog while he's tethered to it, it can act as a noose and your dog can fall off the table and hang himself. Always keep an eye on your dog and never leave him, even for a second.
The grooming loop is a groomer's best tool for restraining a dog. The loop keeps the dog's head in an upright position. Most dogs don't mind the loop at all and they seem to know what to do once it's on them.
Another type of loop is one you can use around the dog's waist. You can use the same kind of loop that you use around the neck on the waist of the dog, but for comfort's sake, use a wider strap for those extra large dogs. The waist loop helps dogs that like to spin or sit, or it can help hold up the weight of a dog with bad hips. With any loop, you need to have grooming arms that adjust to the dog's size or lengths of chain that you can attach the loops to at the height you need.
Hammocks and Hip Restraints
There are also hammocks and hip restraints for elderly dogs. The hammocks have four holes for the dog's legs; you pull the hammock up and around the dog and attach the chains to it. Then you lift the dog off all four legs and the grooming arms suspend him. This type of restraint is great for dogs who don't like to have their nails trimmed. It is particularly useful for Dachshunds, with their short legs and long backs, as it supports the back and you don't have to risk injury to them by pulling their leg out to the side to trim the nails. The other neat thing about a hammock is that once all four legs are off the ground, the dog quits struggling. This is another way to reinforce that you are in charge.
The hip restraint has two holes for the hind legs and works in much the same way as the hammock. While you don't lift the dog off the table, you can place the hip restraint just high enough to take pressure off the dog's hips so she can stand comfortably. This is also useful to keep sitters in a standing position.