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Groming experience #3

So, today Benny went to the groomer for the third time (he is 7 months old). I took him to a different groomer to see if maybe someone else would have more tricks up their sleeve ... no such luck.

This groomer said the same thing... Benny is a really good dog, he just wants no part of being groomed

They do what they can - his body is clipped, his nails are clipped and his feet are clipped and neat, but his face is the part that needs help. He just will not let them near his beard or head - the two places I really need help with.

This groomer told me next time I should give him Benadryl before bringing him in - I am NOT going to do that, I repeat, NOT going to do that! Drugging the dog is not the answer.

Am I being unrealistic to think that there is a groomer out there who will know how to handle my wiggling dog?

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Quincy doesn't like his face done either, hence my post about the top knot here somewhere. There are some natural calming gels/sprays on the market that might work. I would just read the labels carefully. I wouldn't do the Benadryl either. I wonder if part if it is adolescence too. I touch and pet Q's face as much as I can to try and get him over it.
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Quincy doesn't like his face done either, hence my post about the top knot here somewhere. There are some natural calming gels/sprays on the market that might work. I would just read the labels carefully. I wouldn't do the Benadryl either. I wonder if part if it is adolescence too. I touch and pet Q's face as much as I can to try and get him over it.
Glad to hear I am not alone. I am hoping he outgrows his hate of being groomed. The weird thing is that Benny is fine with me playing with his ears, his feet, cleaning his ears (he actually likes this!) and his face in general, it's the grooming tools (clipper, comb, brush, scissor) that he takes issue with.

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I would be freaked out if someone came near my face with clippers and/or scissors too!!

2 thoughts... 1st, do you HAVE to have his face 'groomed' with those tools?
and 2nd, is there any reason why you can't do this part of his grooming, if he is more comfortable with you working near his face??

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The groomer told me to first run my finger around the area before cutting or clipping anywhere near the head or face so it doesn't seem like you're "coming at him" with some buzzing thing or big scary scissors. I have started doing this with his face comb (running my pinky finger or ring finger down his nose) before running the comb through. It helps a little.
Secondly, I got THE most awesome brush delivered today from Chris Christensen. It's the wood pin brush and OMG it is the bomb! That won't help much with his face, but if he doesn't like being brushed at all, this brush is awesome
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Treats really help! I don't know how, but Cassie learned to hold very still(mostly) when I have the scissors in hand to trim around her face. I just gave her another close trim and was very surprised by how she seemed willing and almost liked it. It's like shearing a sheep! She has a thicker coat now, but I still have only used the scissors on her. I wish I could keep her coat longer, but she has started to mat around where her harness rubs. It seems no matter how much I trim around her eyes, the hair still falls over them, so today I put a clip on top. It was cute, and she doesn't seem to mind it.


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Benny is still young! Don't give him Benadryl. You just need to find the right groomer to work with him. I have seen with my own eyes, a groomer who tried grooming a VERY young shih tzu who SCREAMED like a banshee whenever you did anything with the face, even brushing. The puppy was also very mouthy and would try to bite - not aggressively though, more in a bratty way. The groomer gave up. Another groomer came in and tried and the puppy did not make a sound and sat still. It is possible with short sessions and lots of desensitization training he will come around. I'm teaching a grooming class at a local rescue - if volunteers are able to shave a wild poodle's face who has never been groomed before - I'm confident Benny will learn. Try grooming his face after he's really tired. Maybe he's stressed with being in a grooming shop? Have you tried changing up the times you take him - maybe he's a morning dog, or more of an evening dog. Get the groomer when her day isn't packed with appointments so she can work with him.

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Like any profession, there are all kinds of levels of ability. You need someone who is good at desensitization. This can be time consumming but worth every penny.

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I think it may also help to maybe try a few mini grooms with a few groomers. Just a nail cut and ears. Feel out how the groomers reaction felt to you and go from there. Very quick groom for Benny and not much of a cost. He can then build up a relationship with the groomer you choose, before you go for the works!

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Glad to hear I am not alone. I am hoping he outgrows his hate of being groomed. The weird thing is that Benny is fine with me playing with his ears, his feet, cleaning his ears (he actually likes this!) and his face in general, it's the grooming tools (clipper, comb, brush, scissor) that he takes issue with.
I'm just wondering do they hand scissor his face or use the clipper on his face. I groom Charley myself and while he doesn't like the clippers near his face he's ok with scissors. He also does best when he's not facing me as I use the scissors.

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