(Closed) NWR: Dog lovers please help!

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Newbee

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 # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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.

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