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Old September 2nd, 2010, 09:33 PM
GentsBabe GentsBabe is offline
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Grooming tips/advice?

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Old September 3rd, 2010, 12:45 AM
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When I was trying to shave my manx, I went to the vet and they gave me some natrual calming pills that are like treats. They usually give them to cats who are going to be transported in a crate so they don't freak out. They are like a little soft treat. It seems to work. Maybe give that a shot?
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 01:12 AM
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a couple of questions come to mind.

You say this was the first time you groomed your dogs. Did you think to accustom the dogs to the equipment, by playing with them and it.

It might have been best to take them to a groomer that would start the cut for you, and then it is easier to keep. Also, get a groomer to show you the proper way to cut the hair on the face, as well as brush the dogs. Most groomers would do that for you.

Dogs getting groomed for the first time, can be very hard to handle, also, when people do their own dogs, it can be stressfull for the owner. The dog thinks that if it whines, the owner will quit, and they usually do, therefore the dog wins.

As a dog groomer, I always found it best if the owner was no where around when I did their dogs. I had a lot more control, but if the owner was there, the dog would not listen to me, and I had to keep telling the owner, to back off, I didn't need the extra help.

Hope that helps somewhat.

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Old September 3rd, 2010, 12:03 PM
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I'm sure not all sheltie owners groom like me, I always lay the dog on its side on the grooming table, turning it to the other side when I finish that side. If that is done right from the start, or their claws are trimmed, naturally they get used to it. Whatever you need to do with your pups, just be consistant, try to do a bit every day and always finish on a high note, when they are behaving. One of our shelties, which I bought as an adult, was terrified of having his claws done but I just asked my husband to cradle him upside down in his lap while I played with his feet. For a while all I could do was just touch the claws lightly with the clippers before he jerked away but with perserverance he would eventually just lie on the grooming table with no-one holding him while I did them. Don't expect instant good behaviour. It all takes time. I love grooming mine and would never allow a groomer to do my dogs and I'd certainly never anaesthetize them for anything bar surgical procedures. Yours are such lovely dogs, I very nearly bought a young male with all American bloodlines, but talk of how their coat needs to be wrapped between shows and how they couldn't run on grass for fear of stains put me right off.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:46 PM
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Look for blunt-nose scissors, like moustache scissors (availabe at a good drug store) or bandage scissors. I think you'll find they'll do the job.
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