Comments on Bichon Frise Grooming Phobia

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Carrie   Santa Rosa, California

1/12/2013 1:32:53 AM

If you have one I'm your area try an in home groomer or one who has experience helping dogs get over their fears. As a groomer I can say most groomers are on a strict schedule and while they groom as gently as they can they don't always have the time to help retrain or calm your dog. I run an in home business where I groom in people's homes. I can offer reasonable rates while taking as much time as I need to groom as I have little overhead and am not pressured to rush dogs in order to make a living. I have had great success with dogs like yours including getting dogs to stop wanting to bite and off of tranquilizers. I agree with the response to this article, you will be a big factor in healing your dog but with patience, the right attitude, some education and the right groomer you can get your dog back on track and these ever 6 or so week nightmares will be a thing of the past. Best wishes

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

8/6/2011 5:51:02 AM

good article, thanks

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Dot   Blackwood, NJ

8/16/2010 7:32:48 AM

My Bischon is 2 1/2 yrs. old. He gets nasty when trying to brush him. I have had 5 different groomers that will not groom him. I got tranquilizers from the vet, but still no help. Anyone with suggestions?

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Pat   St Louis, MO

11/5/2007 1:54:40 PM

Wow! Dog with issues! My dog wasn't nearly that bad but she sure had an aversion to toenail trimming. I found that by giving her a small treat per toenail (Pupperoni works great because you can break it into tiny pieces) I have sometimes been able to actually do all the toenails in one session! She's far less edgy when I groom her tail hair too now that she's gotten used to it and knows there will be goodies at the end of the session.

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Lu   Woodbury, MN

7/24/2007 11:13:55 PM

I think alot of dogs hate grooming - especially by their owners - because the owners really don't know how to use the brushes correctly and are actually hurting the dogs. Slicker brushes are especially prone to scraping the dog - called 'brush burn'. Use a comb to find the tangles (don't pull too hard, pretend you're brushing your own hair in sensitive places!). Then hold the tangle so it won't pull the dog's skin and use the slicker brush to pick out the tangles. Usee the brush against your own fingers and not against the dog's skin. Dirty hair tangles easier so keep the hair clean. If there are tangles in the dog's coat when you give it a bath and let the coat dry the tangles will become permanent and can only be cut out. If the tangles are too hard to get out take the dog to a groomer who knows how to deal with this situation. Brushing the way I described and regular visits to the groomrs is a good maintenance routine.

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Stef   CL, IA

6/15/2007 12:24:39 PM

My dog, Coco, also is groomaphobic. She will bite, scratch, and growl until I put the brush away.

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