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Henry no longer welcome at the groomer/issues

well, I had Henry groomed yesterday (even though laurief said not to before the playdate but I did anyway.)

When I went to pick him up she said he's just too uncooperative, he doesn't like being groomed and despite the fact that this was the 4th time she did it, she tried and he has just not settled down. And he is screaming , she gets stressed, then it rubs off on him. I have to say she was very diplomatic and I understand.

What did I do wrong raising him??
Henry is 18 mo. old.
Is he a jerk?
Just an alpha dog?
Otherwise he's so sweet and happy and cute.

Now I am stressed because I have to bring my "problem" dog to a new groomer - can they handle Henry? do I warn them first?
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Kordelia, My dogs dont like to be groomed either, and when I used to bring them to the groomer, she made it clear to them that she was the boss!! She was not mean or cruel, but they knew that she was in charge. I think it is just that your old groomer didnt have the authority she needed. I would just try a new groomer & you could just say that Henry needs an "alpha" hand.

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well, I had Henry groomed yesterday (even though laurief said not to before the playdate but I did anyway.)

When I went to pick him up she said he's just too uncooperative, he doesn't like being groomed and despite the fact that this was the 4th time she did it, she tried and he has just not settled down. And he is screaming , she gets stressed, then it rubs off on him. I have to say she was very diplomatic and I understand.

What did I do wrong raising him??
Henry is 18 mo. old.
Is he a jerk?
Just an alpha dog?
Otherwise he's so sweet and happy and cute.

Now I am stressed because I have to bring my "problem" dog to a new groomer - can they handle Henry? do I warn them first?
The last groomer I used told us "there won't be a next time" . So I just might be in the same boat. I have a alpha female however, I am also. So she (Lilly) has met her match. I do not know about groomers I guess it will be me.

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There are a lot of dogs that dislike being groomed. I think there are two things you can do:
1) comb him at home on a regular basis if you aren't doing that already, treating and praising for any relaxed behavior; and
2) hire a new groomer.

I have one that is ultra sensitive about getting her nails cut and I didn't realize how much I avoid it until I picked up her foot the other day to look and was mortified at how long I've let her nails grow. If her nails aren't cut, they may get caught in something or rip off when she is running so I just can't avoid it. It isn't safe. The safety and well-being of our dogs is more important than their distaste for it.
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Maybe you can find a groomer like the one I found. I told her the story and asked if I could just bring Lulu in every Sat AM for a brush only. (I know this isn't cheap but I was ready to through Lulu off a cliff, lol). Sun thru Fri I would just pick her up and, even if it was only two brush strokes, I would do something. On the third Sat she brushed and bathed. Now brush and bathe every Sat. Lulu is calming way down. I think you need a very calm, patient groomer and take it slow....
Honestly, Lulu used to scream, bite the brush, bite me, do flips, etc. Oh, I also got a Chris Christensen (?) brush, the one with brass tines, and it is so much better. It doesn't hurt her. I take it to the groomer to use too.
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I don't think that Henry is a jerk. You probably just really need to get him used to grooming more often. Kubrick got brushed every day even at 3 months when he had no need for that, just to ensure that when he got older and needed it he would be fine. He is NOT allowed to bite the brush or to move around or anything like that. I taught him this by giving lots of treats and praise when he was being good and holding him down when he tried to move, but ONLY when he was trying. As soon as his body goes limp, let him go. If you just keep applying force when he is calm it will make him even more upset. It has to be timed well.

It will be harder to teach Henry that grooming is good/okay now that he is older, but if you don't let him get away with things and make sure that you don't stop doing something because he's screaming/whining, then it will get better. It might take a LONG while, though.


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It's never the dog, it's the groomer. I've never seen a Havanese that we couldn't groom quietly including cleaning teeth and clipping nails.
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Sounds like you need to take Henry to Tom! LOL!
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The only problem I have is cutting Shelby's nails. She has black nails and I am just too uncomfortable cutting them. So, the vet does it for $10.


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I think there might be a line at Tom's.....

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