Q: How do I stop my dog from misbehaving at the groomer?
My dog is a 5 year old Shit Tzu, who is normally the most friendly dog around...until he gets to the groomers. HE GOES NUTS when the groomer tries to cut his nails or trim his paws,biting, scratching, barking, the whole nine yards. He's bit our groomer numerous times and when I try to help her, he bites me too! I've tried working with him at home, touching his feet more often and grooming him myslef and giving him rewards when he lets me touch his feet. I even went as far as getting "doggie downers" from my vet to calm him down when he goes to the groomer. I took him yesterday and the medicine had no effect, he still went crazy. How else can I stop him from misbehaving? I'd like to find a training method to recitify the behavior problem, rather than medicating him. Please keep before our groomer fires us!
Jun 22, 2008
Is the grooming something you can do at home yourself? What exactly freaks him out at the groomers -- being outside his home, the loud noises, the strange people? Has he been properly socialized as a puppy to other dogs, people, and situations? How often do you bring him on car rides and to other places with you? It may help to bring him on short trips with you so he doesn't associate car trips with stress; if you can alleviate that stress, then maybe just take a few trips TO the groomers without actually getting him groomed. Take baby steps! Then maybe have the groomer interact with him a few times, or have him in the groomer's when she is grooming another dog to get him used to the smells and noises.
Just baby steps! If all else fails, maybe you can look into investing in a pair of clippers and grooming him at home.
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Jun 23, 2008
I groomed hard to handle dogs for 30 years. It's all a question of trust. I had to spend more time on a difficult dog. You can't rush trust. Of course it costs a little more,because I had to use up alot of time on one dog. You need a groomer who can do that. After the 3rd time we usually got along fine. Of course I had a couple of "red zone" cases who wanted to kill me, but I'm still here! Try laying the dog on his side when you want to do something he objects to.This puts him in a submissive postion. DO NOT let him up until he is calm and his tail in not between his legs. If you let him up when he wants, he wins and will become more difficult. A dog should never win a confrontation. Muzzle him at first( it's not mean)It sounds like he lacks respect of others or just VERY scared. Scared is harder to control. The dog whisperer had a show a couple of weeks ago called Bad Hair Days about tough dogs and some tips to help. Training is always the key to good behavor in any situation. Always be calm, assertive, and never frustrated, and patient.
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