Can a groomer handle my dog without trauma?
Here's some backround info about my dog,Poppy. She's a cocker / mix . ( I got her from the humane society )
Just from observing her all these years , I'd say she was mixed with a rat terrier . Yes -- I said "all these years !" She's already 8 .... and I'd say ,the last 4 years her hair is starting to grow like crazy. From puppy on , she had a short ,smooth coat . Now it seems like the cocker gene has kicked in ! She's a walking black hairball ! Every once in a while In the last 4 years , I've taken the scissors to her while my DH holds her. She squirms, It's not pretty , not even , but it's all I can do. Yesterday , I bought a dog clippers . Dh held her while I used the clippers ... well ..in some spots she's bald and other spots are still long ! LOL Poor dog ! She just moved too much . She did growl a few times , but that was it. She let me do the clippers on most of her body. Then I was sweating so bad, I gave up .
Here's my question . She has never been to a groomer before. Can a goomer handle a dog like this without traumatising her ? What if she bites ? ( I doubt if she would , she'd rather pee like a cocker spaniel )
I try and keep up with the matts under the ears , and she hates that.... so we have small matts.
I would love to know if you think she can be professionally groomed. . How do they handle a nervous dog ? Should I stay with her during the process ? She doesn't like other dogs , having barking dogs around her would freak her out .
*********** OK-- I re-read my post , and it sounds like I'm more nervous than her ! LOL But really , can groomers keep a dog calm enough to give it a haircut ? How do I find a good one ?