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Molly's Mum
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May 19 at 08:49
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My mum thinks I need a cut.... well maybe I do, but the thing is I am planning on biting the person who tries to get near me with those buzzy things - what can my mum do to help - I am going next week. PS I wont wear one of those muzzly things either, she already tried that but I whined and cried till she took it away.

The Oregon Girlies...
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 09:35
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We hope your groomer is willing to work with her. The first time we took Daisy at five months of age she about cleaned up on the groomer. Then I found the groomer that I had used for years was still in business, just in a different towm. I took Daisy there. We got a few pretty funny looking cuts, but now she can do anything with her she wants. You can help by brushing her a lot at home especially her face and feet. Put her on a table when you do it..I use my dryer, with a shower mat on it. She will come around with time.
xxxBetty and the Girlies...

Lynda and the Minkies
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 13:34
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What's that mean, Betty -"cleaned up on the groomer" ???
Sometimes we wouldn't believe it's the same language !! Hahaha...
XXX.

The Oregon Girlies...
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 15:10
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That's the truth Lynda..Well, she gave the groomer such a hard time she refused to take her again..Bit, scratched, and generally was really bad..That's why I went looking for a new groomer. Daisy is very strong willed. Good thing I am too.
xxxBetty and the Girlies...

Rosie Rocket's Sister
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 19:36
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I really can't understand how such a trainable breed as a Westhighland Terrier has such a problem with being groomed. Remember that I learned to walk holding on to a Westie. Just a few minutes, every day with a soft brush, touching their feet and face, is all that it takes to get them used to being handled and groomed and there really shouldnt be any problems. Remember, they are DOGS and not Children and, they really shouldnt present such a problem when it comes to grooming (and behaving in general). My Mum tells me that from the moment I came home from the Maternity Unit, I had a Westie at my side. Perhaps this is why I find it so hard to accept bad behaviour one. Lucy.

Molly's Mum
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Member PageMember Page May 20 at 09:10
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Erm not quite sure what just happened - but Molly is a really good dog, and I think she will be a little nervous at being groomed ! She is only young, and as for blaming me for not getting her used to it - thats what I am trying to do now !!!!

Rosie Rocket's Mum
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Member PageMember Page May 20 at 09:52
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Hi, dont worry, I shall ban the Groomer of the family from the TC in future :O) I think it was all the talk about biting the Groomer that did it. In her defence, she had spent all afternoon with a little Terrier (breed will remain unnamed) just a month older than Molly whose owners thought it funny that he had tried to bite everything, her, the brush, the shower hose etc. I would let Molly go for a visit first before she has her hair cut. If she has a play and hears all the sounds without having anything done she won't be so nervous when it is for real. I am sure she is used to being brushed and having her teeth cleaned etc, so she will be fine. Jan.

The Oregon Girlies...
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Member PageMember Page May 20 at 09:31
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Don't worry about it, Just explain to the groomer that it is her first time to be groomed, and let her know it is ok if she isn't able to do it all this first time, be willing to take her back.
I am sorry if my post about Daisy caused any problem..That was a case of the groomer not following instructions.
Molly will be just fine. Most groomers know how to handle the situation. If you are unsure go talk to the groomer first and tell her your concerns. I think you will feel better about it.
xxxBetty and the Girlies...

Molly'Mum
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Member PageMember Page May 20 at 10:49
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Okie Doke - thanks all for the advise, I will let you know how it goes :)

The Oregon Girlies...
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 20:09
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If you are refering to the way Daisy behaved, You will notice it was her first time to be groomed, I would hate to think anyone thought that about her now. She is fiesty, but very well behaved. She minds better than most kids I know. These little dogs can be taught to behave and I'm proud to say that for the most part, mine do. So I agree with what you say.
xxxBetty and the Girlies...

Rosie Rocket's Mum
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 21:22
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Betty, just one look at your Girlies and a well trained eye would know that they know how to behave in any situation. Rosie Rockets Mum.

Lynda and the Minkies
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 18:02
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Thankyou both for explaining that !!!
XXX.

Jere
May 19 at 13:57
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hahaha!! It is funny the diferent sayings we all have...

I think.... "cleaned up" = bites, growled, snaped, didn't sit still, barked and generally made a mess of a groomer.




Rosie Rocket's Sister
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May 19 at 19:57
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hahaha, yeah, right, unless you happened to be the Groomer. Whats funny about beeing bitten, have you ever tried it????????? Believe me, no amount of , $ or anything else makes it hurt any less. RR's Sister

Jere
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Member PageMember Page May 20 at 07:50
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the "hahaha" I was refering to was the different sayings we all have in different parts of the world... NOT a groomer being bitten.. no of course that would not be funny.

The Oregon Girlies...
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 16:24
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That;s it Jere, exactly! weighing about 12 pounds at the time, she whuped that groomer good.
xxxbetty and the Girlies...

Molly'Mum
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May 19 at 09:38
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Thanks SO much
Elliot's Kay
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 10:21
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Which Molly (Member?) and how old?

About the only thing I know to do is to work with her as much as possible before her appointment. If she mouths you or the comb at all, correct her. I'd also use the hairdryer as Betty suggested and if you have either clippers or a beard trimmer so she gets used to the noise.

I took Elliot the first time at 4 months just so he'd be conditioned at an early age. Maybe your groomer would work with her over 2 or 3 sessions rather than to do it all in one day. Elliot puts up with the grooming but is still a 'wiggle worm' as the groomer calls it. It's a wonder he ever comes out looking halfway decent at all!
Kay

Molly's Mum
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May 19 at 10:27
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Hi Molly is a new member and just waiting for her member notes and picture to be added. She is 5 1/2 months old, and she is a definate 'wriggle worm' !

Elliot's Kay
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 10:58
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She's so young, I bet a good Groomer would know how to work with her. Good to start her out young.

I looked thru the member list and couldn't figure out who you were! Got any pictures to post of her? Oh, and try to do a before and after groomer picture too!

Off to work.
Kay

Molly'sMum
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May 19 at 11:25
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Yup just waiting for it all to come on here - cant wait !!
Elliot is a fine looking dog !
Lynda and the Minkies
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 13:33
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A lot of times you'll find the groomer will not tolerate bad behaviour and most dogs will knuckle down as they are more firm with them than we are.
You should perhaps brush her and handle her a lot-make it a regular thing like a game rewarding her for good behaviour. Play with her feet, her ears, etc...on a regular basis too.
XXX.
john / irene TOBY
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 15:21
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We first had Toby Groomed at home and he was very uncooperative and it was very dificult for the groomer to handle him she came twice and never would come again but when we took him out to be groomed he is no bother just grumbles a bit when she does hi face funny that i thought

John / irene TOBY
Rosie Rocket's Sister
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Member PageMember Page May 19 at 18:50
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Molly, As a professional, qualified Groomer, I suggest that your Mum spends the week introducing you to every sort of 'buzzy' sound that she can lay her hands on. She should also puchase a soft nylon 'muzzly thing' and get you used to having it on your nose, as, for sure, if you should so much as think of sinking your teeth in the poor Groomer, you are going to have one stuck on your nose before you can even line 'em up!!!!!. Whining and crying won't gain you any Brownie Points because a Groomer who can't stick her hands in water cos' she has holes in them, is one that can't work.
Having said all that, most Groomers know just how to handle Westies that have never been taught any manners, as they all should have been from a young Pup, so grit your teeth and bear it. Blame your Mum for not getting you used to being groomed in the first place. Rosie Rocket's Sister
MacMan and Ann
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May 20 at 20:05
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First, try not to think of it as a muzzle - think of it as a PARTY HAT!

My first grooming was by one of the top pro terrier handlers in the US, and when my mom came to get me, I was shaking and traumatized and I still hate the sound of clippers. Of course, I was supposed to be STRIPPED, not CLIPPED, anyway. My mom grooms me now and I fall asleep while she is stripping me. She says it is very calming, she is not artistic, but she thinks of my do as her sculpture in dog hair.
Valle and Xana
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Member PageMember Page May 21 at 13:04
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Oh man!! BITE, NERVOUS, SCRATCH... those words sound familiar to me... I wonder why, teehee
Lindsey (Molly'sMum)
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Member PageMember Page May 22 at 04:04
This is why she needs a cut .... Reply to this Message

bless .........xxxx


Baysmom
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Member PageMember Page May 24 at 11:55
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oh those fuzzy puppies are so adorable. She doesn't need a cut just time to grow into her hair. lol

Lynda and the Minkies
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Member PageMember Page May 22 at 06:36
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Bless her, she is a tad tatty !!
XXX.
Elliot's Kay
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Member PageMember Page May 24 at 12:11
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She's a cutey! When I took Elliot the first time it was to shape him more so than to have him clipped. She looks just about right for shaping!
K
Tobie and Suzanne
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Member PageMember Page May 26 at 19:35
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My mommy just took me to the old groomers. I am usually a real cream puff but I really hate that old buzzy thing. My mom usually holds my face to protect the nasty groomer and she tries to talk to me but I keep my eye on "you know who" Anyhow, mom has been brushing me since I was a baby. I still hate that old bristly thing. I say down with grooming. "Ala Natural"


Molly
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Member PageMember Page May 30 at 09:01
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Hmmm a lil bit cute - do you want a girlfriend ???
Molly xxx

Lynda and the Minkies
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Member PageMember Page May 27 at 02:24
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This is super, Suzanne.
XXX.
Maxie
September 03 at 15:41
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I would like to be professionally groomed...stripped...my Mom has been attacking me with the stripping knife..so I know what to expect..but nobody in the area does stripping...only clipping. My hard coat is perfect..but I want to look like my kind. At 7 months, my coat isn't fully developed. When will that happen?
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