Who was the best behaved dog you've ever groomed?

Sweet72947

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Since we have plenty of threads about bad dogs/customers, I thought I would start a positive thread.:)

The best behaved dog I've ever groomed personally was an elderly cocker spaniel that came into rescue. He had been left at the shelter by very neglectful owners and was very matted. The people at the shelter had shaved him, but by the time we pulled him, he had grown back out again. I gave him a nice clip and there was no growling, snapping, or defiance of any sort. Then I checked his pads and ALL FOUR PADS WERE MATTED TO HECK. It can be a real horror to shave out matted pads, because most dogs hate their feet being done. But I got my #10 and shaved them out, and in the process the dear old boy laid down and WENT TO SLEEP. I was quite surprised.

This dog was adopted quite quickly.:)

The easiest dog that ever came into the shop where I used to work as a receptionist was an intact male schnauzer mix named Whiskers. Whiskers' owners would bring him in every four weeks on the dot to be shaved down with a #9. As a result his hair never grew out more than 2 inches, tops. Whiskers would just stand there and let the groomer doing anything they needed to do with no protest. And the owners always tipped the groomer 15 bucks. If only every dog could be like Whiskers or that cocker spaniel.

So what's the easiest dog you've ever groomed?:popcorn:
 

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Probably a Chow named Tabatha... I know,weird huh?

Tabatha was a gorgeous reddish orange Chow whose owner brought her in to be groomed every three weeks. I was the only groomer the owner allowed to groom her dog, which was an honor! Tabatha was so gentle and docile, never growled/nipped or pulled away, she let me high-velocity dry every part of her body, happily stood to be completely hand dried, let me dremel her nails... she was an absolute doll!

There was also Hooch the Boxer/Bulldog mix, he had allergies so he'd come in about once a week for a medicated bath. We'd book Hooch anytime his owner wanted, even if we were full up... that's how good of a dog Hooch was. He reminds me a lot of Reggin on this board - that "I'm a Ham!" expression!

Can't forget my Jezebel, a gorgeous red APBT who would break free from her owner, jump the gate, and launch herself into my arms whenever she came in for a bath... Jez was a NEAT dog!

(I seem to have the best luck with the red dogs... I wonder why....)
 

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im not a groomer, but i had a pom/mix several years ago and I would brush him out every day and everytime he saw me get the brush out, he would jump on the couch and do a happy dance! when I sat down with him, he would hay across my lap and let my do his back and head, then he would roll onto his back and let me do his stomach and sides. Great dog.
 

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I'm not a groomer either, but people used to ask me to groom their dogs for them. I was working at the animal shelter at the time, and got a call one day about a stray dog. I picked her up and she was so severely matted I couldn't even tell what kind of dog she was. It took a total of 13 hours to shave her, over the course of two days. She never once complained. She was such a sweetheart. Turns out, she was an elderly Cocker Spaniel who was blind and partially deaf. Her previous owners (who we found), kept her chained in the backyard and she had never once been groomed... not even brushed... in her entire life. They finally had enough of her and let her off of her chain and it was a neighbor who found her. She got adopted very quickly, she had such a wonderful personality.
 

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I'm really lucky, most of my clients are really good. Besides a few that has issues with certain things such as nails or shaving under the eyes they are angels for pretty much everything else being done. I have only a couple that I have to muzzle which is awesome compared to when I used to work for other salons.

I'm in a great position since I groom in a little shop behind my home, don't have a huge overheads and only advertise through word of mouth so most of my clients are great dog owners. I don't feel rushed in grooming a huge amount of dogs a day anymore and can choose the dogs that works well with me. I've only had 2 dogs that I couldn't do anymore due to their size, since I'm alone. And the weight factor is not just carrying the dog to the bath and back but also supporting them while I groom.
 

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Gonzo's groomers say he's their favorite. C: And I believe them... he stands perfectly still when ever I brush him, clip him, or trim his nails.
 

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Eve. :D Seriously. I never trained her to accept grooming, she just naturally stands perfectly still. She hands me each paw when it's time to dremel her nails and sits like a princess while she gets her manicure.

While I was working in the grooming shop, my favorite dog was a Standard Poodle named Jak. He was a little bit of a fidgety boy but the 75lb dog would jump into the tub by himself, jump up and down from the grooming table, and let me handle him any way I wanted. He was a show prospect but his bite wound up a little overshot so he was neutered, but his owners kept him in a modified continental and OMG he looked AMAZING when he was done being groomed.
 

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Herschel is amazing. I'm not a groomer by any means, but he stands still and lets me use electric clippers on him, cut his nails, brush his teeth, etc. At first he was a little bit afraid of the clippers but with some desensitization, he's a champ.

I think Nala likes being brushed so that is easy. With cutting her nails, though, it only works if she is really sleepy. My girlfriend rubs her belly while I cut her nails.
 
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The best dog I ever groomed was a large mixed breed named Bullwinkle. He was the most docile, sweetheart of a dog, and even when you'd do something most dogs didn't like, he wouldn't flinch. He'd just give you kisses the whole time.
 
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Me too cocker spaniel named Coco great dog calm confident no shaking love of a dog..

I have had more great ones than bad ones....

My breed wash and wear min grooming ..... have enough of that a work..
 

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The groomer that I take my two to absolutely loves them...she says they're some of her easiest clients! Which is a huge compliment, given Pepe...

My easiest grooming job ever, apart from my dogs? My foster APBT boy that I still have. Most of my fosters come in not too fond of grooming...but this boy knew exactly what to do...stood perfectly still for the bath, and the brushing out, and the nail trim, and the teeth brushing, and the ear cleaning...

-Rosefern
 

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My mom's maltese. Scandal is a former showgirl and is used to the extensive beauty process. You can brush, spray, comb, clip, whatever, and she'll stand perfectly still and yawn. When it's time to do her topknot, she will rest her head on any available surface and not move a muscle.
 

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Ah yes Gempress - the coated toys that have seen the show ring are always a dream to groom! A handler friend of mine was complaining about one of his Shih Tzus being "naughty" while he was being groomed. How was he being naughty? He was moving his head about 1 centimeter to the left once in awhile!!! Greg wasn't angry about it, he'd never get angry because of something like that - but it was funny that THAT is what he considered misbehavior while grooming!
 

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Ah yes Gempress - the coated toys that have seen the show ring are always a dream to groom! A handler friend of mine was complaining about one of his Shih Tzus being "naughty" while he was being groomed. How was he being naughty? He was moving his head about 1 centimeter to the left once in awhile!!! Greg wasn't angry about it, he'd never get angry because of something like that - but it was funny that THAT is what he considered misbehavior while grooming!
I remember when that happened. Yeah he wasn't mad. I think just frustrated because he couldn't get what he wanted done. I still can't get over how well his dogs behave before, during and after grooming. I always love to walk by his setup and see one of his Shih Tzu's laying on top of the crates.

I wish Jack would behave that well. He's not horrible but he could be better.
 
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The easiest dog I've ever groomed, was Sugar, and Hershey now that he is 6 years, and calm. lol Whisper is getting a lot easier to groom now. Its one thing to get her in the tub though. I have to pick her up, and put her in. The other two don't mind. Sugar is gone and passed, but loved her baths. lol She was really relaxed, and loved to be groomed, because of the many mats in her hair. (I had to shave her) And bath her.
 
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Gracie, my wire fox that was placed. I could do all of her flatwork while she was laying on my bed, and her nails, she wouldnt say a word. Now Friday is just a little Monster. :p
 
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