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    Unhappy Nervous Dog

    hello
    I groomed and extremely nervous 16 month old silky terrier today. I couldn't use the clippers and he even freaked out at the sound of the scissors, poor baby. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get him to relax, his owner has him on anti anxiety medication. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Well i would have a clipper on even when I was not using the clipper and treat my minis.
    Exercise before clipping. And then leave the clipper on to the coat without actually clipping the hair. And treat.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    miss jayne

    You might need to give the owner some homework along these lines

    Get dog's fav food eg fresh warm roast chicken, or toast and promite (some dogs have no taste, or they just like what the owner likes). Cut into little pieces. About half the size of your baby fingernail. Maybe smaller for a silky.

    session one.
    show the dog the scissors - and treat. if he freaks out - back the scissors off a bit and treat where he's calm and gradually millimeter by millimetre put the scissors a little closer, treat each time. Build up to touching him with the scissors, no clipping. or clicking the scissors at a distance - no touching. Don't run the session longer than 30 treats or five minutes, which ever comes first.

    Session 2, recap session 1, build up with clicking the scissors close to the dog - but don't cut his hair - not when it's all fresh and purdy from the groomers. Maybe cut something else up like old tshirt. Treat lots while he's calm. Go back to an easier step if he gets anxious.

    Session 3, recap session 2 and build up his confidence around your choice of grooming too.

    For instance I wanted to get my dog used to toe clippers so I did lots of clicking and treating for getting her to lie upside down in my lap so I could inspect and hold each claw one at a time. Then I showed her the clippers at a safe distance, and built up fro there to touching each claw while I held it. And several sessions later I had a go at clipping the claws.

    Unfortunately - doesn't matter how calm the dog is, the clipper squeezed and hurt the claw - even when I didn't cut it too short - so that undid all the good work with the treats, though she was very forgiving the one time I did make her bleed - black claws - what can you do?

    A dremmel or finger sander. So I'm going to have to work up to touching all her claws with it off, then turning it on and trying to get it close to the claws while it's on. Eventually I hope I can go round and pick up each paw, like a horse farrier and give a quick sand. I saw one GR (Golden Retriever) who would let a groomer do that. So laid back about the whole deal.

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    thanks
    I will try leaving the clippers on next time so he can get used to the noise. I will try to get the owner to do some homework but not sure how that will go as she was also very anxious about leaving him, which I am sure rubs off on sam.

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    I'm sure she'd enjoy the opportunity to feed him loads of treats...

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