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gradual grooming
for anxious dogs

GRADUAL GROOMING / NERVOUS NAILS COURSE

 

Your dog’s nail trims and haircut are secondary to their emotional welfare - so “getting the job done” when your dog is feeling fearful or anxious often teaches them that grooming is unpleasant and can result in them trying to escape, table spinning, growling or biting. 

 

The Gradual Grooming Course aims to give dogs the ability to overcome their fears around grooming and handling, including bathing, drying and clipping the coat. The Nervous Nails course focuses on helping your dog overcome their fears around paw handling and nail trimming once and for all.

 

These courses are suitable for dogs with a history of aggression, anxiety, illness or long term injury that may make them more prone to stress when handled or groomed.

 

Each course starts with a free telephone consultation to ensure this is the suitable way forward for your dog. You can use this call to tell me about your dog, their experiences and behaviour and I can answer any questions you may have. 

 

During the course we carefully introduce the grooming equipment and process, working at the dog’s pace and providing space and choice over their movements away from other people and dogs. This will give them the confidence to relax in the knowledge that nothing will be forced on them and they are being listened to. We will use behaviour modification techniques, including consent and trust building games, which can be implemented at home. 

 

Each appointment will take place at my home based salon in Guidepost, where we will work on a 1:1 basis and implement a bespoke behavioural plan to help your dog based on their personality and grooming needs. 

 

(In cases where your dog needs to be groomed immediately as a matter of welfare - such as excessive matting, severe skin conditions or overgrown nails, sedation at the vets may be the most ethical approach, with behavioural training to start afterwards).

 

Telephone consultation…………………….……………………...FREE

Pay as you go for 30 minute gradual grooming…………….…..£25

4 sessions Nervous Nails……………………….………………...£80 (saving £20)

6 sessions Gradual Grooming course……….…………………..£120 (saving £30)

10 sessions Gradual Grooming course….……………………...£200 (saving £50)

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