From Fluffy's point of view, the last thing he cares about is being groomed. Fluffy has no idea what being touched all over by his owner is like and that he is not supposed to become anxious and hard to handle when you try to groom him. Chow Chows do need an owner with a strong will and desire to be the "Alpha" in the pack. When you attain this coveted position in Fluffy's mind, grooming him will be much easier.
One of the most important things you can do to make grooming easier for both you and Fluffy is to start right from the beginning establishing yourself as Alpha. This will help make your fuzzball more likely to obey and submit, which will make the actual grooming sessions go far more smoothly for both of you.
Koda is 8 1/2 years old. When he was 12 weeks old he was traumatized at a Pet Smart shop. (we bought a package for grooming and vet service for a puppy) while being groomed After that experience he was resistant to going to the vet too. We eventually went back to our former groom shop (the owner had chows herself & we have had other chows in the past) and she worked with Koda and he had a consistent groomer that worked with him for years. We took him every 6 weeks to this groomer for years. Unfortunately, the owner sold this shop a couple of months ago, and the guy who groomed moved after the new owner bought the shop. I am looking for a new shop and having a difficult time finding one. He gets aggressive and will not let them groom him. He also has a difficult time with vets too. Our vet has given us anxiety meds to help him. Yesterday we gave him meds 2 hours before his vet exam and shot. He resisted but they did the exam & gave him his shot. Following the vet's instructions, we gave him meds at 6 pm and 12 am and this morning before we dropped him off at the new groomer today. It did not work. We got a call after we left telling us Koda took off the muzzle. So we came back to put it on. My husband got the muzzle on Koda without a fight. However, this shop had a ramp to go into the tub. He would NOT cooperate and growled and was aggressive. We knew he wouldn't go up the ramp or go in the tub. So we took him home. We are at a loss as to what to do. We now know we need to look for a groomer with a walk-in tub. The anxiety meds didn't seem to help or maybe we need to increase the dosage. Do you think CBD drops or treats would help? Is it possible for an 8 1/2-year-old Chow to be trained to go in the tub and be groomed? Any suggestions for us?
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