I took our puppy to the groomers this week, which isn’t a big deal for most people’s dogs, but for ours its the equivalent of sending her into a torture chamber. Selena-our dear doggy-is what you would call a big, fluffy chicken.
She’s scared of all sorts of things and suffers from what a trainer once called a “lack of self confidence”. We’ve been trying to work on that, but it can be challenging. Anyways, the last time I took her to Petsmart to get groomed, the groomers were not impressed. Turns out she wriggled, whined, howled.. oh and took a big dump right on the table. Lovely! But I figured, well maybe this time I’ll take her to a smaller place with less traffic so she will be less freaked out.
Wrong! She did all of those things(minus the crapping, yay! progress!) and it took TWO groomers to wash and clip her! When she was done and I went to pick her up, the owner told me she would not be grooming Selena again, because she didn’t want to risk possibly nicking her with the scissors. But, she did add, that I could work with our dog to get her more comfortable by simulating the grooming environment at home. So, I will be brushing our dog on a counter top a bunch of times during the week to get her more used to it. Hopefully it will work because Cocker Spaniels need to be groomed!
Anyways here are the photos from her latest traumatic session.
The groomers I took her to are smokers so unfortunately she smells like cigarettes, but I do love the St.Patrick’s Day scarf they put on her.
If anyone has any other tips on getting your dog to relax a bit at the groomers or any good places that might accept a neurotic Spaniel, feel free to suggest them! 🙂