I tried to take my 1 year old American Eskimo to the groomer's today (new groomer, first time) and she was NOT happy. We tried to play toys, come with treats, etc. but she would not budge with being picked up by someone other than me.
When I told my husband, he said I should have asked the groomer to muzzle her (we do not own a muzzle for our dog). My question is this: Would it have made any difference whether the groomer (assuming he had one) had muzzled her or not? Wouldn't that traumatize her experience for the future?
They refused to accept her because of unwillingness to be picked up so they could put her in the kennel to be groomed.