Teo ( the dog we are boarding) does not like the dog wash but he smelled like a goat, sorry buddy, we all have to do things we don't like, I'm a tough love pet owner. If they don't accept something they need to do, I just do it more til they give up, I don't give up, I'm big on the follow through.
* Teo put himself in a cage and begun panting, he's stressed.
He is remarkably accepting to the nail trim, something a lot of dogs don't like, Marty would fall into the dislike dogagory.
*older dogs with ridiculously long nails can suffer foot and leg problems, being forced to walk in an unnatural position, think high heels only in the front of your foot. I have seen long haired breeds with unchecked nails circling around and growing back into the pads.
That was the good part, the rest is an uphill battle. Tiny T as we so lovingly call him, will bite me, or I should say, he would like to bite me, or I should say, he, gets scared and forgets he needs to respect me, in any case, he wears a sporty, comfort muzzle.
Then the suds..
Your turn Jo..... Banjovi wags, she's used to it...
The dogs are dried with a high speed dryer which not only blows the water off but it blows all the shedding hair out too, pass the particle mask.....
* Teo hated this too and wore his comfort muzzle, he went for me like a shark several times, I kept my cool and just stuck with it, if I get riled, he gets more riled. Dog training is all about energy, keep your cool, you can strike out too but it needs to be in an appropriate way at the appropriate time, without anger, a lot like child rearing. I would rate Teo as unstable, this does not mean I don't like him, he is respectful and trained to the rules of our house and he is never around children, kids come first!
Banjo has had this treatment since day one, literally. Grooming is a good way to gage a dogs temperament and tolerance. The day I adopted her was the fist day I groomed her, she got a passing grade.
Quitting time yesterday, 9 pm
All in a day, all in a big long day!
Love Ro, Jo, Teo and Mart