Grooming your nervous dog in your own home is the perfect solution. You don’t need to worry if they have separation anxiety, are fearful of other dogs or any other fears. I can come out and groom your dog, going at a rate that your dog finds comfortable. If your dog can only cope with half an hour we can schedule appointments for half an hour every week until the job is finished, it does work out a little more expensive, but is much better for your dog. Grooming like this will help build confidence and make it easier each time I come around. We can build up a relationship saying hello properly first without diving straight into the scary stuff.
Nervous dogs I have been grooming recently
Rosie Cocker Spaniel
Due to a previous experience Rosie is terrified of being groomed, her owner contacted me to groom her before her puppies were born, but after a discussion to see how nervous she was, we delayed until after the puppies were born. The downside of this was that she did have some serious matts.
The first time I turned up she took a look at the table and started shaking, so I abandoned the table and just started brushing and soothing her on the sofa. I found that she really enjoyed me using the rubber curry brush, which was a great breakthrough. She relaxed enough for me to pop her onto the table and we spent an hour cutting out matts and going back to the rubber brush. It took 3 visits to get her into tip top shape but she is now happy to see me and feels so much more comfortable. Not only was it a good experience for Rosie it was a very rewarding experience for me as well and with an added bonus of puppy cuddles.
Bonnie and Darla
Bonnie and Darla are both nervous dogs, but Darla is particularly frightened of everything. Darla gets herself worked up to a barking frenzy over anything she isn’t sure about,
so trips to a grooming salon must have been very difficult for everyone. Once Darla is on the table she is pretty quiet, if a little trembly, but on my last visit I even got some cuddles from herduring her groom. You don’t always get instant results but with consistency and a good positive attitude it’s possible to make big changes in the long term.
Bonnie gets her groom first as she is a bit more confident than Darla, which I think helps a bit. Bonnie is a Chi-poo and super cute.
Lots of people don’t realise how sensitive Border Collies can be, Sonny is one of the sensitive ones. When we booked him in we didn’t realise that there was going to be any problems, but it soon became very obvious that he wasn’t happy with the situation. I’m a great
believer in not telling your dog off for growling as it’s a dogs way of communicating with you and should always be taken seriously. I put away the table and we started using up the next days sandwich filling. I managed to get out all the knots and did a serious amount of de shedding and brushing. Not a full groom as originally planned, but ended very positively.