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01-20-2014 09:17 PM
Redberry
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If you can be more precise, I will ask the grooming groups I am in for a referral in your area... someone who likes GSDs.
Queens, New York??


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01-18-2014 07:00 PM
lennyb Sorry. Were in parma. It's a suburb of Cleveland.
01-18-2014 04:01 PM
Freestep
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Were located in northern Ohio.
If you can be more precise, I will ask the grooming groups I am in for a referral in your area... someone who likes GSDs.
01-18-2014 03:04 PM
lennyb Were located in northern Ohio. I'm sure its that he's a big boy and does get vocal at times. He's had his basic training but we cut it short due to the way the trainer treated her own dogs.
01-18-2014 01:08 PM
Freestep
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I'd be looking for a different groomer then. A good groomer should be able to handle most everything, and if they are truly worried about bites, then they should speak with you about using a muzzle for safety. Some dogs are always gonna be fidgety. There are obviously a few exceptions that cannot be handled by groomers, but that shouldn't be all that common.
True, but I wouldn't discount the groomer just because she said he was "fidgety and uncooperative". Lots of dogs are, and I am always honest with owners about their pet's behavior, so that they can be aware of it and take measures to help desensitize their pet to being handled. Giving an honest report does not necessarily mean the groomer is "nervous" about the dog. Having said that, if the groomer *is* nervous, it would be a good idea to find another one who isn't. Some groomers don't like GSDs because they see a lot of poorly-bred, untrained, unsocialized dogs that give the breed a bad name. I personally haven't had a problem with GSDs, but I understand the breed. Chows are the breed that make me nervous, so I don't do them.

Lennyb, where are you located?
01-17-2014 11:20 PM
OriginalWacky
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Thanks for the ideas.. I forgot about the do it yourself places, there's one not far from me. I would take him to the groomer but last time the said he was to un- corroperative and to figgity. He didn't bite but I think he makes them nervous. I'm going to try the diy place this weekend.
I'd be looking for a different groomer then. A good groomer should be able to handle most everything, and if they are truly worried about bites, then they should speak with you about using a muzzle for safety. Some dogs are always gonna be fidgety. There are obviously a few exceptions that cannot be handled by groomers, but that shouldn't be all that common.
01-16-2014 11:38 PM
lennyb Thanks for the ideas.. I forgot about the do it yourself places, there's one not far from me. I would take him to the groomer but last time the said he was to un- corroperative and to figgity. He didn't bite but I think he makes them nervous. I'm going to try the diy place this weekend.
01-16-2014 05:33 PM
Freestep The best way to bathe a GSD when it's cold outside is to let a professional groomer do it. Otherwise, it makes an ungodly mess of your bathroom and it just isn't worth it. Believe me, it's ~$50 well spent.

After I lost my grooming salon in a fire, I took my own dog to another groomer while it was being rebuilt. The idea of bathing my own GSD in the house? No freakin' way, I know how much of a mess it makes. Besides, groomers have high-velocity dryers that blast out all the shedding hair, and there's just no way you can properly dry a GSD in cold weather without one.
01-16-2014 11:13 AM
alexg Either outside or at someone else's place like do-it-yourself doggy bath.
Even with the best behaved GSD it is a mess with water and hair everywhere.
01-16-2014 10:38 AM
blackshep There is no way my dog would follow me into the tub, she hates water! I tried swimming with her, she's very attached to me and I thought if I waded in and called her, she'd jump in. Nope! She cried and cried but would not go in.

I found using warm water made it better, before all I had was the outside hose and the water was cool. I have a non-slip mat in the tub and use the handshower. She doesn't fight nearly as much as she used to, but usually whines while I do it. I just try to be quick! lol She has gotten better, but she will never love it. She doesn't have to, she just has to tolerate it.

If you do think he might bite, then be safe and get him used to a muzzle so you can use it at bath time.
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