02-27-2011, 07:20 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Originally Posted by Kitch3ntools
those videos are fantastic
thank you! i think im going to try grooming him myself. once i get good at it i can groom my mothers dogs too
she has a shih tzu and a lhasa apso
Glad you liked the videos.
You might plan to do many, many sessions with him for counter conditioning in which you have absolutely no goals of getting any real grooming done.... just the counter conditioning. Keep your sessions short, maybe 5 minutes and be sure not to pressure him at all... don't elicit any defensive behaviors at all, just make it all positive. Start by letting him see the clippers, click/treat. Do that several times, and call that enough. Then the next session bring the clippers closer (but keep them off) c/t etc.
Work your way very slowly towards having the clippers turned on and near him. Keep watching him for signs of defense/stress. Spending a few weeks on this, with a couple of short sessions per day, will ultimately save you a life time of frustration and stress. If you go to fast, and push him, this will be a life long battle.
Good luck, and do let us know how things go!