Grooming trauma

by Kaye Miller
(Kentucky )


I had my wonderful 6 year old GP groomed for the first time. The groomers have a van where they come to your home. Due to lack of communication they practically shaved him. They left hair on his head and the top of his tail. It has been 48 hours and he still is hiding out until coaxed. While he comes out for me quite easily he immediately returns to his safe spot when I go inside. I am sick. He his not the same happy dog.
What to do?
How long can I expect this behavior to last?

Kaye

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Jul 06, 2014
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Shaving Pyr
by: Donna

I would certainly call this 'groomer' and give him a piece of your mind and have your money back. Ensure people are aware of what he has done to your dog.

A certified master groomer nor any groomer should never shave a Pyr. They have double coats and need that to keep them cool in summer and warm in winter.

Be careful that he is not out in the sun for any length of time or he will get sunburned. And, watch that the bugs do not bother him. He has no protection now.

Your Pyr will come around. Give it time. I am sorry for what they have done to your dog. It seems like they were too lazy to actually groom your dog but found it easier to just shave him. These are not true groomers.

Jul 06, 2014
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Shaving Part II
by: Donna

I should have also said that there is a reason he goes to his safe place. I don't think it's because he is ashamed of his hair cut. I would say something happened whilst in the care of the groomers.

Jul 08, 2014
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Response
by: Kaye Miller

Thank you for your response.

Sep 09, 2014
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pyr shaved
by: Anonymous

The same thing happened to our pry several years ago. We still are having problems. Most of her hair is only the soft undercoat. It is very hard to groom her. If any one has experienced this and has any suggestions we will truly appreciate it. Is it possible to get the top coat to regrow. A vet suggested trying melatonin to see if it will cause her to blow the undercoat and then perhaps regrow with a top coat. Has anyone tried this?

Dec 20, 2014
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diet is best solution for hair growth.
by: Anonymous

Mom of 2 Pyrs here. Unless its a case of medical issues I have found the the best way to insure a great coat is a GOOD diet. Both my pyrs were rescue with horrible coat problems, thin strawlike fur wouldn't grow, brittle,, etc, etc, We switched them from the recommended food they came to us with to Blue Buffalo ( I AM NOT IN ANY WAY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS COMPQANY... just a very happy customer>) dry food. Within 3 months the difference was amazing! they both have the softest, silkiest shiniest, most dense coats I've ever seen on any Pyr, or other breed for that matter. Just as importantly they never have "tummy trouble" and their skin and teeth are in great shape. They go to a groomer every 6 wks for a oatmeal bath and a good brush out, and the folks are always raving about the condition of their coats, and their vet loves their weight and overall condition.Just my opinion but Blue Buffalo has worked for us!!( We free feed the dry Large breed weight control variety.)

Aug 16, 2020
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Skiddish
by: Northernlights

My GP is a year old very smart loving he was 9 wks. When he came to live with us he is very good with my 14yr old beagle my barn cats are his friends , he ignores our chicken's except when they squabble , our concern is he will not tolerate any type of grooming ( removing matted hair - brushing - ear inspection. -nail clipping will not ride or get into a my pickup at any time he loves to be petted and loved on never can get a leash hooked up lucky we live very rual
He has free range and doesn't leave the area around house or barns Help

Aug 16, 2020
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Handling
by: Donna

You need to work with your dog so he will be fine with grooming etc. It's unfair to leave his coat matted and his nails long, ears dirty etc. He will be very uncomfortable.

Here is a post on nail trims which would also apply to anything else you need to do with your dog.

Nail Trims

If you still have problems, bring in a positive-reinforcement trainer to help you have him get used to being handled. It is essential especially if you have to take him to the vet.

You want your dog to be confident and not afraid of things.

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