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I was wondering at what age did you take your pups to the groomer for the first time? Lola is 5 months -- I cut her bangs myself so she could see. But she looks like she might need a professional job sometime soon to clean up her feet and tush area. I'm worried she's going to FREAK out because when they cut her nails at the vet I can hear her yelping in the other room and she pees herself every time I feel like such a bad mommy subjecting her to nail clipping at the vet but I'm too nervous to cut them myself.
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I was wondering at what age did you take your pups to the groomer for the first time? Lola is 5 months -- I cut her bangs myself so she could see. But she looks like she might need a professional job sometime soon to clean up her feet and tush area. I'm worried she's going to FREAK out because when they cut her nails at the vet I can hear her yelping in the other room and she pees herself every time I feel like such a bad mommy subjecting her to nail clipping at the vet but I'm too nervous to cut them myself.
Even if you are afraid to cut the nails yourself, (and believe me, I understand that fear!) you can help Lola to deal with it better by simply messing with her feet everyday, interspersed with lots of tiny treats! Mess with her toes, wiggle her nails gently, even get to where you can lightly tap on the nails with scissor-looking tools, and lots of treats. Then, getting them trimmed wherever she gets them done won't be nearly so terrifying to her.

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This depend on what you want your havanese to look like...
I have full coats on the most of my havanese since they are show dogs. BUT I also have one of them in a puppy cut. BUT the girl in a puppy cut have her bangs in a top knot...I love that. AND if you want that, do not use sissors on the bang, put it up.

I cut the nails once a week, and think that is the best. There is NO problem if you have a sharp cutter. Then you can "slice" the nail, a tiny, tiny bit at a time. I have noticed that the one that are scared often have used a "bad clipper"...I have a model called "setter" and it is very, very sharp. There is also the posibilty to use a dremel.

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I know how you feel. I think I started taking Pixie to get groomed at 4 months or so. The groomer was great, she just got really busy and I was leaving her there nearly all day. I didn't like that, so I've been grooming her myself since early this summer. I was nervous at first clipping her nails too, but we're actually at the point now that I can do them all at once and be done in 5 minutes. She knows I mean business and that I won't hurt her, so she doesn't even fight me anymore. Even if you start with just one, then give a treat, you can always clip more later-even one per day! If you take her to be groomed, chances are she'll be fine. They often act calmer when you're not there.

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thanks for the tips!

I think part of the reason she freaks out when they trim her nails at the vet is because they take her into the back room away from me. She has a little bit of SA when I leave her with other people. I'm working on that issue. She's fine when I leave her home alone, but that took awhile too.

I tried the topknot and gave up after a few weeks. She kept scratching it out and I was fixing it a gazillion times a day. I'm trying the "Sierra bangs" from the forum and then want the rest of her coat to be long. I should try doing the nails myself....I've only been getting them cut once a month when she's been in for shots and they're getting too long.
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Our groomer works at the veterinary hospital Loki goes to. They have a "Puppy Grooming Series" for puppies who haven't yet visited a grooming parlor and who would benefit getting used to the sites, sounds and smells of the parlor before their first grooming:

"This service has been beneficial in helping dogs who will require frequent groomings throughout their lifetimes, to be much more relaxed and comfortable with the grooming environment beforebeing officially groomed. In the first 3 visits of this 4 visitseries, your puppy will be exposed to the tub, the bathing system, the hair dryers, the clippers, standing on the grooming table, minor clipping, other dogs and all around general goings on of theparlor. On the 4th visit your puppy will recieve his/her first full grooming. The biggest benefit of this service is that your pup will be eased into the grooming process and will come to know that the grooming procedure is not a scarey place, but instead a place to enjoy. This will lower your pet's stress level at the parlor, speeds up the process of grooming as he/she will be used to standing still on the grooming tables and all that goes with it."

It also allowed Loki to get used to Kim, his groomer. We haven't cut Loki's hair except around his feet and "sanitary". I do get him "groomed" once a month and have done this since he was about 4 months old.

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Thanks Pam. That is a really great suggestion. I'm not sure if my vet offers something like this. But perhaps when I do find a groomer I can work with them to do a few "getting used to grooming" sessions.
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you should bring her now, have her just get a bath and basic stuff.
Stay with her if you can.
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