|Barked: Sun Jun 5, '11 1:54pm PST |
|The ONLY time a dog should be groomed under sedation is if the groomer works at a vet office, and the vet is close neough ot do something if the dog goes into shock or has other adverse affects from the drug (which CAN and DOES happen). Even if your dog is bad enough to need sedation, you should definitely get him groomed by a pro first to see how he is. Some dogs are worse for the owners b/c of many different reasons.
The other problem with sedation-your dog may still be freaking out on the inside, but not able to express it through his body like dogs do. so all that frustration they feel builds up and can send a dog into shock, or make them bite when they normally wouldnt. I do many dogs that behave the way you described your dog, and the best way to get them better is to repeat the grooming process routinely. if you wait months to years between grooming, then you cant really expect the dog to get better. the more he gets bathed without anything harmful happening to him, the better he will get.
It usually helps to burn energy before the bath for dogs like yours. Take him for a walk somewhere new, so he gets mentally tired by smelling new smells and seeing new things. Most importantly, dont think that its going to be a fight every single time. dogs can sense how your feeling, and if you are anxious about bathing him before anything happens because of how he was last time, he will feed into that and be worse off for it.
as far as the furminator goes, i personally cannot stand them, and i do not use it on many dogs. the few dogs i do use it on, i dont use it very much. when being used regularly, 1-2 times a month is enough, and doing more than that can lead to stripping the coat of guard hairs (which the dog needs) and skin irritation. using a comb while the dog is drying, and after, is the best way to ensure there arent any matts.
Keep in mind that any matting WILL get worse in during the bath, unless you know how to bath a dog.
Edited by moderator Tue Jun 7, '11 1:12pm PST
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