Dog problems at groomer

posted 2 months ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

mel2 :  tons and tons of treats! just keep positive reinforcing every nail she lets you grind/clip and he will come around. Also if you try to take walks on sidewalks/harder surfaces that should keep the nails in check so you don’t have to do it as often. I know my dogs needs a trim more in the winter when his walks are short/snow covered than in the summer. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

mel2 :  can you try doing them at home and see if he lets you do it? Or bring the bag of treats and ask one of the groomer assistants to do the rewarding? 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would just have them clipped. Our groomer has no problem doing that. My dogs would flip their shit with the grinder.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

mel2 :  I’ve noticed that my dogs do better with having their nails done when I take them to our vet to do it, I have no idea why, maybe they’re trained better or have some sort of different technique. But they also let me in the room, so that might be more calming to them. It’s not expensive and I can just pop in and have them do it without an appointment. Might be worth trying out next time?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Is there anyone who makes housecalls in your area? I’d ask around and also be sure to mention that your dog is new and was scared of the grinder. I had a yorkie who was problematic with his behavior and got really scared. There are some lovely people out there who are specially trained and really good at dealing with dogs that act up in those situations. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

my girl hated having her paws touched when we adopted her at 8 months (in fairness she was terrified of people so hated being touched full stop).

I bought clippers. I bought a BIG bag of training treats.

Step 1: OK with paw being touched/lifted:

– Reach for paw (stop just before their threshold where tehy pull away), treat…repeat a million times

– touch paw (once doesn’t flinch away), treat…repeat a million times

– Hold paw (no lifting), treat 

You get the idea, continue until you can manipulate the paw without them pulling away. This may require several shorter sessions (never more then 5m at a time) to get to this point.

Step 2: OK with clippers near her paw

Once you can manhandle the paw, then hold the clippers. Hold the paw, start reaching the clippers toward the paw. Stop just before tehy flinch. Treat. Repeat x1million

Gradually build up to touching the nail with the clipper (no clipping). Then making the clipper action JUST in front of the nail (no clipping). Then wrapping the clippers around the nail (no clipping).

Step 3: ok with clipping

Finally do a TINY little shave off the very end of the nail. HUGE HUGE HUGE party of treats. Call it a day after the first one.

Repeat session the next day, go for 2 ‘shavings” – big party (spread between the two nails…so same amount o ftreats as first party but split in half for each nail)

Once you can ‘shave’ all nails, then start increasing how much you can take off with each clip (staying away from the quick of course).

My dog will now snooze while I clip her nails. She gets several treats after each paw and will open her eyes to accept her reward then go back to snoozing. It went from her running and hiding when she saw the clippers to being completely done all 4 paws + declaws in less then 2 minutes.

it took LOTS of patience and training sessions to build to tha tpoint. I just let her have long nails until she was fully comfortable and wouldn’t flince at all at any point in the process.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

With a dog who has never had their nails clipped, I’m surprised they did a grinder. I’m not a groomer or expert BUT I would think a quick “snip” with the clips for his nails would be much less traumatic. Taking age out of it, our puppy got her nails clipped at like 4 months old for the first time because its soooo much quicker than grinding. I can imagine she’d probably act the same way if we had them grinded considering she’s never had it done before.

I’d definitely only clip from now on and I second the PP about going to the vet! Our vet actually does nail trims for free too or like $5 and its worth it. When we went to the vet when she was a puppy we had 3 people hold her (mostly because she was a wiggle butt) and I held her by her collar/face and just let her lick and sniff my face/hands to keep her occupied and it helped a lot. Also, treats. As quick as it takes to clip their nails, a few treats in a row to keep them occupied won’t hurt at all!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Definitely attempt a clipper instead of a grinder. The noise of the grinder can be enough to send some dogs off the deep end, let alone the sensation. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I think it helps to start grooming at home before you take them to the vet so if your comfortable you could always try doing it yourself. You can talk with your vet they may give you medication to help calm him before the groomers or your vets office may be able to do it. I know ares does and they may be better equipped to handle difficult puppy.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

My dog has bad anxiety so we have to give her 2 tabs of benedryl 30 min before going to the groomer. I’ve had this cleared by her vet. It has a nice calming effect on her. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Well. We just recently found out that one of our dogs (she is a big sweetheart, and we adopted her when she was very young, so this was a surprise to me) has to be muzzled when they do her nails. She doesn’t like it. 

 

That being said, when we first brought her in to a different groomer, she was freaking out about certain areas, and they advised we spend time petting these areas so that she felt comfortable with being touched there (the area I recall is around her neck / cheeks). Maybe you can do this and then be present like other bees mentioned? Does your bet do trimming??

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m honestly really shocked that a groomer would expect to peacefully grind nails on an adult dog that has probably never had it done before. That just seems wrong to me. Normally there’s a lot of positive reinforcement that goes into getting them used to it beforehand. 

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