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01-29-2014 11:40 PM
Shaftell Thanks for the replies. I'm very worried and hope this may be because he was scared. He was cowered in the corner of the room showing his teeth and growling. I hope that's ok behavior for a dog that's terrified.
01-29-2014 04:11 PM
utsavized
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Is this a regular reaction for a dog that is scared?
My pup does cower in the corner when he's done something bad, like eat my shoes off or something. I try not to yell at him, but simply take the shoe from him (suggesting it is mine) and stand looking big and strong in front of him for a second or so, so that he gets submissive.

But I think this is him being submissive rather than fearing because the moment I walk away, he becomes all happy and comes back to play, only a bit more well-behaved. I have never seen him fear other people so I am not quite sure how fear + submission would look like. And against dogs, he will just attack them if he does not fancy them, so more dominant there rather than fear.

However, what I do know is that he DID attack the water spray hose and the nail manicure out of fear, and had a high pitched yelped sort of thing when he did. Perhaps, my dog's fear-response is full on attack, while yours is cower (in defense) and warn.

I am sure someone else will be able to comment on the fear thing and whether cowering + showing teeth is what they do in those cases.
01-29-2014 03:38 PM
Shaftell He has been to this groomers before when he was about 9 months old. We always grab his ears, his mouth, legs and all that since we first got him( over a year ago) to get him used to people handling odd areas. He was such a mouthy puppy so we worked very hard with him to allow people to touch his face without him biting or anything like that. He has no medical problems, we just took him to the vet a few days ago for a check up. He's not bad at the vet, some growling but nothing over the top.

With regards to how they groom, I am not sure. When I walked through their store to get him from the back I didn't notice anything odd with the way they were treating other dogs.

I just feel so bad right now, they were they were talking and treating him made him seem like he was such a mean, aggressive puppy but I have never ever seen him like this for as long as I've had him. Is this a regular reaction for a dog that is scared?
01-29-2014 03:17 PM
utsavized Do you know how they groom? When my pup was about 4 - 5 months old, I had my day care bathe/groom him. He loved water, but the next time I tried to bathe him myself, he was scared to death. I also noticed later that he would try to attack the nail-manicuring-thing (sorry, do not know what it is called) when my girlfriend was doing her nails. It wasn't an aggressive attack, almost a crying and trying to bite kind of thing. We were puzzled but tried some positive treating and left it there. Finally, one day when we were at the dog run on the terrace of your apartment complex, Titan was thirsty after a good play time. So I tried to fill the water bowl with the spray hose, and out of nowhere he attacked the hose, and in the attempt, accidentally bit me.

Something was totally amiss. Upon investigation, I found out that the daycare that I sent him to (which has raving reviews everywhere) ties the dogs to a platform, hydraulically raises it, and sprays them to give them a bath. Following that they use a scary rolling sander to do their nails. It perfectly fit the bill.

It took months of positive conditioning for us to finally be able to furminate him, use the manicure, and be able to clip his nails. He still hates the spray hose and his baths.

I am not saying it is the same case with your dog, but it could be. Check how they groom and how much time and effort they put into making your dog comfortable about what they are doing. Some dogs require a lot of patience.
01-29-2014 03:06 PM
Kaimeju Before taking him to the groomers, did you acclimate him to having his ears, feet, and mouth touched? Has he been handled by strangers before? Has he ever had a bad experience at the vet's office? Is there any possibility he has a medical problem that is causing him pain in his ears, or somewhere else a groomer would touch?

This definitely sounds like a fear reaction to me. The question is what provoked it.
01-29-2014 02:49 PM
Shaftell
Should I be concerned?

I took my dog Alfie to the groomers for the second time today. The first time he went they had no problem with him (he was about 9 months). He's maybe 1 and half now. Anyway, I took him in and he was scared obviously but I didn't think anything of it. I get a call from the groomers 30 minutes later and they say that I have to come pick him up 'cause he's stressed and they can't go near him. When I go in the lady tells me they had him in the room but they could not even get close to him because he went into the corner of the room and was showing his teeth/growling and all that stuff. The groomer has said she's worked with all kinds of difficult dogs but has never seen anything this bad. When I went in he was all happy, jolly and so relieved to see me.

Is this bad? I was so shocked to see him like that. We take him to the dog park and he is so gentle and kind there with dogs and humans. He has never shown any aggressive behavior as long as I've had him (other than at the vet). I'm so worried that I have done something wrong, that maybe I haven't raised him well. Was he just scared? Is it normal for dogs to get scared at the groomers? I'm so upset that the lady was terrified of him, that she couldn't get near him, that I had to go into the back room and bring him out myself. Can I work on this behavior? I've never had a dog before, he's my first dog so I have no experience with this kind of thing.

I would appreciate any advice anyone can give me. Thank you!

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