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    Default Dog Groomer or the devil himself.

    Bernie had his first beauty parlour trip this week. Not a success. Id taken him to the shop, he'd met the woman, she seemed confident with him. We talked about what i wanted doing: cut out dreads from his feathers basically.

    Do you think i could get him to comply? Stubborn old dog, would not lay down! I was taking him to the groomers, as i cut myself doing this last month due to poor vision, so time to hand the task to another. Also cut a nail too close and dog bled. So definately time to hand it on to a pro.

    Well nothing we did, would convince Bernie to lay down in a pet store, for some woman he'd only met once before. He shouted at us, moaned a lot, looked very conflicted, semi collapsed psyche wise. But still no drop. I decked him, he got up, i decked him again, he got up. I decked him a told him off, then started feeding treats < such a palaver. This is a dog who jumps up on grooming table, lays perfectly still whilst i do nails at home etc.

    But this w.e. turned into Mr Naughty. He was getting very stressed out in the store's back part where they do grooming. Woman groomer was also 'over it' i could sense. We thanked her for her time, and left.

    So, frizbee on road time. Lots of scuffing his nails whilst i had him doing sharp turns etc in middle of road. That was the nails done. Then so i wouldnt cut him, i used my husbands (shush, dont tell) hair timming clippers and cut out the 4 dreads i could see.
    Plenty of other hair to cover up my bad hairdressing skills thankfully.

    So new shop, and new person handling = No way
    Me with electric hair trimmer at home = that's fine

    Go figure. Old dogs can be little sods sometimes. He's never carried on like that with someone if i am there before. Maybe getting stubborn in his old age.
    Thought the groomer was a solution. turns out a nasty sounding new electric device was fine!

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    Haha, sounds pretty typical really :P Dog grooming is not an easy job, very rarely do I get a dog who is perfectly well behaved. The number of dogs I get who won't stand up at all.... its ridiculous and quite frustrating, but i just have to work around it. I'm glad i can do Koda myself, I'd never take him to a groomer, i've heard horror stories of perfectly knot free Aussies going in for a slight trim up and the owner specifically tells the groomer to not shave anything. Yet the dog ends up coming home with their whole back end shaved because according to the groomer the dog was matted there. Some groomers really have no idea what they're doing.

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    I take Frosty to get her claws trimmed about once a month...

    The groomer knows Frosty from down the park, she has a nice hydrolic lift table and neither of us can understand why vets don't have these... Frosty goes on the table, she gets clipped to the grooming pole (I'm not so keen on that but it's a safety thing sort of), and I hold her head and feed her treats while the grooming lady goes around and clips all the claws much faster than I could ever do it, and then dremmels them all too. When we first went - Frosty did give her the evil eye a couple of times but she's pretty comfy about it now. And I think we even drew blood last time but Frosty didn't even notice.

    Which is what I want.

    I'm not sure I could persuade her to lie down in that environment but she didn't need to. If she had feathers, they could have been done with her standing up - like you shoe horses.

    I'm pretty sure if I ever "decked" her when she was feeling anxious - I'd never get her in the door of that place again. It's a matter of arriving early, being patient and acting calm and slightly bored/boring so she can take her emotional cues from me.

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    Funny isnt it, if i decked Brian or Pohm for disobedience, they'd collapse and get more fearful. But Bernie, give him an inch, he'll take a mile and then some.
    Im not cruel to bernie, but i never forget, he's not a pet GSD, he's working lines. Different breed of animal than most pets altogether. Differnt ownership style.
    He's good, bounces back in seconds from any consequences.

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    Most dogs I've had before this one were fine with a bit of "punishment" but not Frosty. She is so offended - just becomes a useless jelly custard. And has no idea what she did wrong.

    Most other dogs do not need to scold her. They signal by the way they look at her whether they're ok. And if she's too rough - the best response other dogs give her is to freeze up and refuse to move. And then she leaves them alone. Strangely screaming and running away does not work in the screaming dog's favour. Frosty will chase it a couple metres "see it off" and then come back to me without touching it.

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