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    What can i give my dog to calm her down at the groomers

    My dog is 50 pounds and is a BIG scaredy cat, She gets very very anxious and nervous when we go to the groomers. They charge me an extra "special handling" fee now every time because she is so fidgety, I give take her out for hours to run and play before w go but every time it's the same. What can i give her to calm her down on her next visit

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    Re: What can i give my dog to calm her down at the groomers

    Chances are the "handling fee" is for aggression and not being fidgety. Your dog is basically being forced to deal with a situation that never changes and she can't trust the situation. Giving her something isn't going to solve this. It's a behavior thing. A good groomer won't work with a sedated dog because it can be dangerous to the animal.

    When I groomed for a vet I did difficult to manage dogs under complete sedation. The dog didn't have to be stressed and it was in, out and gone in a matter of a couple hours. The dog was monitored by staff as well for safety.

    If that is not an option for you I would say start learning to do it yourself. Or find a groomer that will take it in steps. It could take may many weeks of regular appointments to change her way of thinking at the groomer.
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    Re: What can i give my dog to calm her down at the groomers

    Thanks for your answer. But, the groomer actually told me she was being fidgety and that was what the fee was for, and she told me to give her some benadryl before she come next time

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    Re: What can i give my dog to calm her down at the groomers

    That's no reason to charge extra. I am not a fan of medicating a dog without a vets opinion. Have you considered going to a different groomer?
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    Re: What can i give my dog to calm her down at the groomers

    I have, that's what i think im going to do and instead of drugs, Im going to try to bring her favorite treat

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    Re: What can i give my dog to calm her down at the groomers

    Treats can be very beneficial. I have groomed plenty of dogs that didn't get along well at a previous groomer and do just fine for me. Its impotant to make the experience as happy as possible.
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    Re: What can i give my dog to calm her down at the groomers

    Try taking her to a "Do it yourself" grooming salon a few times, to help desensitize her to being groomed in a starnge place. See if your groomer will allow you to just go in, get her on a table while you brush her and give her treats. Work at desensitizing her.
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