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I have always owned short haired dogs that did not require grooming. I am worried about trusting anyone because I have witnessed 2 groomers crossing the line and loosing their cool with someone's beloved dog. The first was over a year ago at a pet smart. I started yelling at them through the glass and reported it to management. The dog was obviously hurting from the not so gentle combing and it growled and snapped at the groomer. The lady then grabbed the dog by the facial hair and yanked hard enough for the dog to cry out. That's when I lost it...
The second time was just just recently at Boo's vet office. Although not nearly as bad, I still witnessed the groomer showing anger and then when I rushed up to the window showing concern, her demeanor changed and she became more gentle, but I wonder what would have gone on had I not been there looking on.
So the problem is, the husband wants Boo kept in a puppy cut and I am terrified of groomers. Do all of them yank dogs hair when they act out? Will I need to learn to groom him myself? Any advice?


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They CERTAINLY don't all act this way… there are many good groomers who are very patient, even with very trying dogs!

That said, even though I ONLY have used groomers that I trust implicitly to be kind and gentle with Kodi, I also NEVER leave him alone with a groomer. I want to be there for him for moral support, I DON'T want him ware-housed, either in a cage or even running loose in a room waiting before or after his groom. I come with him, stay with him while he's being groomed and leave with him. If a groomer won't agree to this, they don't groom my dog. Period.


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I groom my dogs myself, including using the clippers. It's not hard to learn. The cuts are never perfect but I don't care and neither do they! And the price is right, I've paid for the clippers and scissors many times over.

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They CERTAINLY don't all act this way… there are many good groomers who are very patient, even with very trying dogs!

That said, even though I ONLY have used groomers that I trust implicitly to be kind and gentle with Kodi, I also NEVER leave him alone with a groomer. I want to be there for him for moral support, I DON'T want him ware-housed, either in a cage or even running loose in a room waiting before or after his groom. I come with him, stay with him while he's being groomed and leave with him. If a groomer won't agree to this, they don't groom my dog. Period.
That is very good advice! If I don't feel I can do the job myself, I will research and find a groomer that will allow me to stay. Then both of us will feel safer. Know any good groomers in the Dallas area?


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I groom my dogs myself, including using the clippers. It's not hard to learn. The cuts are never perfect but I don't care and neither do they! And the price is right, I've paid for the clippers and scissors many times over.
I am going to try my hand at it and if I can't then someone will have to do it in my home or allow me to hover. :0)
Your dog is beautiful, you must be really good at it!


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Maybe you can find a home groomer in your area. Having the groomer come to the house has really worked out well for my two.
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I don't trust anyone to cut my guys. They've only been to a groomer twice so I could watch and learn. I cut their nails, wash and cut them myself. There are so many threads on here to help you. You can also learn a lot from you tube.





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I am going to try my hand at it and if I can't then someone will have to do it in my home or allow me to hover. :0)
Your dog is beautiful, you must be really good at it!
Hope you are getting on ok, Honey B; I've never trusted a groomer, but think Karen's stay-with-them policy is definitely the way to go. Meantime, I personally would not be without that little book "From Nose to Tail", my grooming bible:

http://nosetotailbook.havanesefanciers.com/
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