He appears somewhat reluctant to let me approach that region with scissors of clips etc. (let me know by at first growling and wriggling free and eventually when me and my wife tried to control him by breaking free then mouthing my shoulder as if to say DON'T or else)
Our Breeders have said that they have noticed this of their tailed dogs - previous generations being docked and never seemed to mind.
so has anyone got any experience of trimming this area on a tailed dog, other bits of trimming (between pads etc) he can be reluctant at first and normally resigns himself to the fact that it WILL get done.
Not stressed or anything yet as he doesn't seem to mind being showered down around the area when it gets mucky - I would rather that we could just take the precaution of making a clean zone.
|mine have tails, we have never had a problem with trimming, but I do, do it in the bath tub while dave holds their heads and tail for me. They do not fight but I get the look of WHAT ARE YOU DOING DOWN THERE!!!!|
|Mine are all docked... one has a stump about 1 1/2" long and hates to be restrained so she had to be taught to tolerate certain things. I previously had an OES-mix with a tail too. Others will probably share better ideas but here's one...
You might try starting out real slow and having fabulous treats to offer while he endures a fanny trim. You need to be careful that you don't accidentally knick the dog or you'll have to rebuild the trust again. (cough, cough... I did that once )
Start out only pretending to clip the fanny area. Get him used to the sensation of the vibration of the clippers but don't try to do any more. Make it quick and reward with super tasty treats... repeat daily if he shows no sign of aggression. Once he's accepting this, the next time maybe do a couple of quick clips in the area. There is no need to get the job done yet... the idea is to get him used to being handled so he'll tolerate and trust you doing what needs to be done.
If you have two people, have one treat the dog while the other tends to business on the back half. If you can build on positive experiences and do it slowly, maybe he'll come to tolerate it better.
I found a palm clipper that works well for fanny areas but unfortunately it's battery operated so it doesn't have a lot of power. But it does allow me to quickly trim the area because of it's small size. http://www.ryanspet.com/ryanspet/produc ... tItemCnt=1
Good luck to you!
|It might not hurt to try some preventative measures for Archie's loose stools. Adding fiber to his diet might help. (canned pumpkin, etc.)
A tailed dog isn't any different than a docked dog when it comes to grooming "under there".
Some don't mind it. Some will fight TOOTH and nail not to have it done.
When trimming a tailed OES, I simply pull the tail up gently at the base and trim.
Jaci's suggestions of teaching Archie grad-u-ally are great ones and definitely worth trying. I know I will!
I take a bit different, no-nonsense approach and pull out a soft, mesh muzzle. (I reeally like my fingers)
Either way, eventually the dogs find that although the clipper makes a scary sound and the clipper "tickles" a bit, it isn't painful. And soon we are able to trim the underside of the bum muzzle free.
Having a nice, clear "poop shoot" will save you LOTS of time in the tub.
|Teach your pupper to lay on his side for grooming then it is easier to trim around the outlet hole
Tackle it when the dog is on it's side, relaxed, lift the tail and trim one side, then flip the dog over and do the other side around the outlet.
|One of my dogs, Carlo, has one of those tiny little tails. It is cute as can be, but I swear if you need to clean up under there, he can drop that little stump down and close it up, just like a door! CLOSED TO VISITORS!!|
he can drop that little stump down and close it up, just like a door! CLOSED TO VISITORS!!
That was SO funny... and SO true!
Once Panda (aka Stumpie) learned to trust me, it was
no longer a problem but before this, she did exactly as
you described. It took me a bit to figure out that I could
hold onto her nubbin fur to keep the door open.
|just an update - not got the lawn mower anywhere near him yet, but slowly getting him used to me handling his tail and brushing that area, not for to long though.
Just a case of slowly slowly I guess
One of my dogs, Carlo, has one of those tiny little tails. It is cute as can be, but I swear if you need to clean up under there, he can drop that little stump down and close it up, just like a door! CLOSED TO VISITORS!!
LMAO, Rags goes the same thing. She clamps that nubby down and I can't move it at all.
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