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Unread 02-28-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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Default Trouble with grooming.

So I took Rambo and Millie to be groomed a few weeks ago. Millie was fine the whole time. She didn't put up a struggle at all. Rambo on the other hand would not let them get near him with the clippers. He was deathly afraid of them. So he ended up just getting a good bath and getting a nail grind. I think he has a problem with loud noises like that. I've noticed around the house, he freaks out if the vacuum cleaner or hair dryer is running.

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Hi It's important to expose a puppy to as many different every day noises
during puppy hood to get the pup aclimatised to these different noises mind you even I have't done every single different noise but you can still work now on the noises that affect him Nipper for some time didn't like the hoover So now I get her on the sofa and a stay command and I hoover the room and can get quite close to her and it really doesn't bother her too much and when finnished I tell her 'All gone' and she is ok and she gives me a kiss and I stroke her, So you need to introduce the clippers gradualy do you have a pair you could borrow? At first I wouldn't switch them on, and put them near her and see what reaction you get off him and gradually bulid up with the clippers switched on but some distance away from him and slowly move the clippers nearer to him. Try to make it as pleasent as you can for him and after wards praise, praise, and praise again and offer a treat Let us know how you get on too! Good luck ATB
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I would try as hard as you can now to get Rambo over the fear before adulthood.
My Arty is terrified as well of clippers, nail clippers, hair dryers and vaccuums (unless its my little handheld). So his grooming is a pair of scissors and a brush... living in the city his nails get filed from walking on concrete...
But I WISH I was able to shave him down in the winter months... I've had him 6 years and I have never been able to get him over this fear.. I got him as an adult btw.

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If you don't have access to a pair of clippers you can buy an electric toothbrush (they have disposable battery versions for around $6 @ walmart where I live) show him the brush first, let him sniff it and check it out, but not chew or lick it. You don't want him to think it's a toy. After he's okay with it, hold it away from him (or even on the other side of the room) and turn it on. Work on gradually getting nearer to him until he's okay with it being close. When you've reached that stage try to touch him with the toothbrush handle. From there get him used to the vibration by holding it in different spots. Finally, start stroking him with it, like the motion a groomer uses with the clippers. Hope this helps!

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If you don't have access to a pair of clippers you can buy an electric toothbrush (they have disposable battery versions for around $6 @ walmart where I live) show him the brush first, let him sniff it and check it out, but not chew or lick it. You don't want him to think it's a toy. After he's okay with it, hold it away from him (or even on the other side of the room) and turn it on. Work on gradually getting nearer to him until he's okay with it being close. When you've reached that stage try to touch him with the toothbrush handle. From there get him used to the vibration by holding it in different spots. Finally, start stroking him with it, like the motion a groomer uses with the clippers. Hope this helps!
We're good now. Part of the problem was the groomer. We found a better groomer, and we haven't had any problems since. He loves going to see the groomer now. He always gets so excited and playful when we go. The two girls that own and operate the grooming salon say that they let him wander around the shop when they finish with him, because he is so good.

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I didn't realize how old the last post was until after I responded. I'm a dope hehe

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