Post # 1
Ok I know this it totally NWR but I didn’t know where else to turn and I could really use your opinions. My puppies just got groomed last Fri and ever since then the one cries like crazy when we put them in their cages at night. He had been fine before and is such a big baby anyways but this is so different. My mom suggested today that maybe the girl that groomed him was mean to him.
On a side note we took my other dog (who has passed away) to this same salon and loved them. The girl that groomed them this time just happens to be a friend of my FSIL (FSIL said she can be a b**tch). Well on Sat my brother called saying that he heard my dogs were such a pain in the ass to groom and so on (now the owner of the salon said that they were fine and no trouble…we always ask) – this was only their second time getting groomed! My FSIL was out of town so this girl had to call my brother special to bitch to him the very next day about grooming my dogs.
My concern is she may have done something to him – hurt him or yelled at him? My other puppy is the one she said told my brother she had more trouble with but she is acting fine. It’s him that worries me as he is so sensitive. What does the hive think? Any suggestions to ease my little guys stress?
Post # 3
I personally, would not be taking my dog back to that groomer … ever. My dog was scared by a groomer and we boycotted the salon altogether.
For the time being, I would continue to crate at night, but give the dog a distraction (Peanut butter filled kong, special treats etc). Whatever you do, do not acknowledge the crying, because it is giving attention to a negative behaviour. Just put him in the crate with the treats/toys and walk away.
Also, if you could find rescue remedy, that can help, it is an herbal anti-anxiety formula for dogs.
Post # 4
Thanks. We’ve already talked about finding another groomer or specifying that this women not groom our dogs (although I don’t know if that would be enough).
It just sucks because we loved the salon…this was the only one my other dog liked! This girl used to say things about my other dog too (the owner always said she was good and we were so concerned because she was diabetic). My mom told my brother that we need to find someone else since she finds something to complain about in all our dogs and how unprofessional that is to talk about a client. My brother said it’s just a dog…ugh brothers
Post # 5
Oh that’s so sad! It’s obvious that both dogs must of sustained some kinda of trauma, physical or emotional and the more sensitive dog is taking it the hardest. This girl seems like a horrible person to employee at a dog groomers! I hate HATE hate when people are nothing but nice to animals so I personally would flip but I don’t suggest that. I would call the owner and express your concerns, only if you’re willing to give up going to that location and find another one. It seems like you have nostalgia about this place but your new puppies need to feel comfy! If you don’t wanna find a new place, I’d insist that your dogs be taken care of by other employee’s, never her, which seems hard to be sure will happen. Or I can just come to NC and take care of her myself! Ok, just kidding :o)
Post # 6
jennifer espos: I actually am from PA (our wedding is in NC) so hey your a lot closer if you wanna kick her butt!
We are really considering calling the owner and finding another groomer. I know that just because this one worked for my other dog doesn’t mean it will for the pups. I agree there is no way to ensure that she wont be around and I have to do what’s best for my pups…they are like my children and are slightly spoiled little babies (well maybe a little more than slightly!)
It just makes the situation uncomfortable and more difficult that she is friends with members of my family – her being a friend of FSIL and her husband is one of my brothers long time friends. We actually went to this groomer before my brother met his fiancee so it’s not like we went there by recommendation or anything.
Post # 7
Awww, I am so sorry to hear your pup is upset about that trip to the groomer. I most certainly wouldn’t take either of them back, especially with her un-professional ‘bitchy’ behind your back type of behavior (so heaven knows if she actually did something to him or yelled at him). That type of behavior is unacceptable and ridiculous. The younger of my two pugs is also very sensitive and doesn’t do well at the groomer in general (although I stay when he and his sister go and our groomer is a good friend so she is nothing but peachy keen to him, he’s just a wimp, so I bathe him and do his nails at home now). Because you weren’t there to know exactly what happend, I would just comfort him and then next time he needs to be groomed, get a recommendation from somebody in the area for a groomer who is good with sensitive doggies. Good Luck!
-Bella & Pugs
Post # 8
You definitely will have to make his cage a “good place” again – giving him treats whenever he goes in there, etc. I would not take him back there. I can’t imagine if someone did that to my puppygirl! 🙁
Post # 9
If I was concerned at all with how my dog was being treated, I wouldn’t take him back there. You can find someone who will be nice to your dogs! I would also suggest trying to make his cage a nice place again. Poor guy! 🙁
Post # 10
Putting your pups in someone else’s care is always unnerving. I would not take your dogs back to his groomer. Not only does it seem that your dog had a bad experience, but this girl spoke about you as a client to a third party. That is totally unprofessional and inappropriate.
I would not bring your dogs back there again.Also, I think you should call and speak to the owner about this. If it is her salon then she has an interest in hearing about your experience. The owner may be able to do something to protect other dogs.
Please give your pup extra pets and treats. It might help to sit with your pup while he is in his cage. You could also try putting him in his cage for short periods of time with a treat or toy and then taking him back out. This could reinforce that the cage is a good place and that you will not abandon him in it.
Post # 11
@MissGiGi: I also think it is very unprofessional that she spoke to a third party. I wonder if she complains about other clients like that or is she just thought it was “ok” to do so since she knows my brother? Either way it is NOT ok. Don’t worry. The pups are bring loved.
So I read your posts to the pups and the said “Mommy we agree”. We are going to look for a new groomer. FH has been after me to look into this other place after receiving some information about them.
They are open only by appointment (no set hours for the shop) and only allow one dog at a time in the salon. I’ll have to contact them and see if they will take both pups though. The pups have a hard time being away from eachother – they are littermates – and our sensitive little boy looks for his sister like crazy when she is in another room. We do try to seperate them at home (just so they get used to not always being around eachother) but I think it would be too tramatic for them to be seperated at the groomers.
Thanks for all your input!
Post # 12
I agree with LRwedd, if I even thought that maybe there might be a chance that the groomer mistreated my dog, I would not take them back. If the pup was hurt, th at is just a shame, esp considering you know the groomer on a personal/ family level.
Post # 13
Sounds like the groomers were unprofessional for talking about you, don’t go back. But unless the pup is in some sort of continuous pain, it’s unlikely that his crying at night is related. Are they really puppies? They always go through phases, just make the crate a good place all over again! (We had a terrible time of crating when our dog was young). And littermates! That’s tough, good luck!
Post # 14
The are going to be 10 months old tomorrow
Post # 15
I can’t believe that someone with that type of personality is even hired to work with animals. Each dog responds differently to grooming and as a grommer you have to know how to work those that don’t tolerate it well. I WOULD NOT take your dog back there if I were you. I am of a long line of crazy dog lovers. When I was a child, our dog incurred disc problem in his back and we spent A LOT on back surgery for him and months teaching him how to walk again (it was so sad, but he was the sweetest little guy through the process). We were never able to tell what set it off and my mom became so paranoid that she interviewed groomers until she found one that would let her sit with him while he was being groomed. I realize this is a bit extreme, but my point is – you don’t have to settle and should not settle. When it comes to the safety and well-being of your babies, do not worry about being too demanding, especially if you are nice about everything. Hold out until you find a groomer you know you can trust. I would explain the situation to your vet and then ask for referals.
In terms of easing the crate anxiety issue, I agree with others above – make it a comforting, safe place for him. In addition to toys and a peanut butter filled kong, I would make sure he has a comfy blanket and an old t-shirt of yours that you have worn and have NOT cleaned yet. Have your scent in there with him will be very comforting. Good luck to you and your little puppy! I hope he gets over his anxiety soon, poor guy.
Post # 16
@PomPom: I hear you on the labor of love dog ownerships. My precious poodle (who passed away in Jan. at 14) was diabetic. I had to give her insulin injections twice a day for years! She knew exactly when it was time for her meds – I tried to give them as close to 12 hours apart as I could but if I was running even 5 min late she would cry and go nuts. She knew they helped her. She had cateracts as a side effect of the diabetes but you would have never known it. She did everything the same and was still very playful. She ended up having what the vet thought was cancer and bled out in a matter of 24 hours. They gave her fluids and said if it wasn’t cancer she would show some sign of improvement. She didn’t. It was a very said day. She was like another kid in the house, not a dog! I miss her so much
The pups both have toys and blankets in their cages and even treat filled ones to keep them busy. He was fine being in his crate, it’s just all of a sudden, since last Friday that he is acting super weird by it.