"Highly" anxious or nervous dogs

Anxiety and nervousness. Common for the unknown. Likewise, excitement and joy; equally. 


When coming into the salon, please consider how you are supporting your pet's grooming here with me. I have heard at times "my dog is so nervous coming to the groomer" and I will liken it to, if your pet is afraid, please don't bring your pet to a groomer. If you are afraid to go somewhere, will you willingly go there, more importantly, would you enjoy being there? The grooming experience can be a lot to take in for a dog and yet, a very enjoyable experience for other dogs.


What is considered "highly" anxious? 

For explanation purposes, highly anxious can be considered, for relativity, excessive shaking with little ability to relax after 15-30 minutes, urinating or poo'ing upon entrance, fear 'aggression' per biting or snapping at myself or others to pet the dog or further groom or handle the dog, and aggression toward other dog guests. This overall anxiety is very different from a dog, who say, is nervous to have a nail trim but responds with ease with loving reenforcement through trust and care


Such response's are variant for each individual dog. Dogs can be a bit unsure or shy when visiting a new place. This is general among many dogs and very understandable. After working with thousands of dogs, the insight of "nervousness or anxiety" is something I notice immediately and will address with you. Why? Two conclusive's:  Generally, dogs are not nervous to go places. They can be excited- often to be confused with anxiety or unsureness.  Often, dogs will settle in after the initial response of "going some place new." Which, for most dogs, enjoy doing, such as do I. Second; there is a stark contrast to how dogs naturally behave in comparison to said dogs with 'anxiety.' Dog's with anxiety may have had 'experiences' in the past in which hinder their natural ability to relax or trust. While I understand such, fully, addressing these behaviors with a trainer can be helpful in adjusting your dog to new places and/or humans. With such, your pet may respond willingly to said training providing a comfortable overall adjustment to the life of the dog as well as yourself and the bond between all. 


My approach is a considerable one in which I comfort the dog in a way that suits their individuality within the confines of how I operate here at the salon and address how they did here with me to you. I have had and seen different dogs respond to different groomers- all differently. Both in other working settings as well as my own salon. Informing you is to make you aware so you may let another groomer know or take the steps necessary to address these concerns with a specialized trainer. Some dogs may be nervous at certain places and not others. I encourage you seek around until you find the right fit.

It depends on the dog and the fit for the dog of the environment.

Because a dog does not fit with a groomer does not make either dog or groomer "wrong" here. It is not a fit.