Staying whilst your dog is being groomed is not a good idea.
It can actually be quite dangerous. We work with sharp equipment and moving animals.
If you are where your pet can see you whilst it’s being groomed it’s likely it will want to try and get to you, making it more stressed and harder for us to do our job. It’s also against our work safe policy to have anyone that hasn’t had a safety induction enter our grooming area.
Safety is our number one priority for the dogs, ourselves and our clients.
We quite commonly see when dogs are dropped off that they put on an award winning performance. They will shake, shiver, put the brakes on walking in the door, hide behind their owner and other things to try and avoid their owner leaving them. The funny thing is as soon as you leave, your dog is prancing around quite happy!
Most dogs display these behaviours because either a) they don’t want to leave their owner or b) these behaviours have worked for them in the past to get their own way. It’s usually very unlikely your dog is behaving this way because it doesn’t like going to the groomers.
If you say things like “it’s okay!” You are actually reinforcing your dog’s negative behaviour. And if you are feeling worried about leaving your dog, your dog will sense your worry and in turn become stressed themselves. The absolute best thing you can do when dropping your dog off is to not be worried about your dog. Walk in like you’re super happy and calm and your dog will feel the same energy.
We can ensure you that the entire team at Stylin’ Dogs are very caring and experienced. We want your dog to have the best experience they can and closely observe their behaviours whilst they are here.
If we feel at any time they are genuinely stressed, we stop what we are doing. We give them a break, a cuddle, a play with other dogs or toys, some time out in a quiet area etc. If we feel your dog is still not coping after we have tried every solution we know, then we call you.
The more often your dog is exposed to grooming, the more familiar and positive it becomes for them.
The team at Stylin’ Dogs are more than happy to have a chat to you if you’re concerned about any anxiety your dog may experience surrounding being groomed.