Socialization

Despite contrary belief, not all dogs are socialization dogs. Placing a dog who has had very little experience with other dogs or into an environment of multiple dogs can result in a multitude of different reactions. Such as, extreme nervousness, panic, stress, overwhelm and aggression.

What does an unsolicalized dog look like?

A dog not familiar with freedom among a pack is and can become very uncomfortable. Trying to leave the facility, scratching at walls, barking consistently, snapping at other pet guests, overwhelming amounts of shaking or rapid heart beats. Not to be confused with highly anxious pets, but very close in proximity, dogs unfamiliar with socialization often can use a bout of confidence in their own within the confines of dominance training. A grooming salon is not the place for such. Spending the necessary time with a dog trainer- one on one- is recommended. Slowly introducing your pet to a pack, building dominance/confidence and working with your pet at home is key. This may require some initial time up front, but the results are everlasting and beneficial for a pet's overall well being and those your pet comes into contact with. Generally, unsocialized dogs are terrified of the pack and freedom of what a crate-free environment offers. 

Dogs who often find a corner to relax in away from other pet guests are not necessary "unsocialized", they embody a pack mentality, however, enjoy the alone time in which they can comfortably "chill" on their own. There is a stark contrast between the two.

Dogs that simply are not crate free adaptable are not a fit for a crate free environment. Finding a fit facility is key!

Offering a crate free environment is not how all grooming salons operate. Some crate the pet for a few hours. Some have outdoor play time.  Should you continue placing your pet into different grooming salons only to find that the pet is struggling with adapting to the grooming process as a whole, a dog trainer is a viable option.