I am sure that there are may groomers out there, who have been grooming for a while, that there are some dogs that you just know you may have trouble with just by the way they look.
The way they physically look.
Some special trait.
You have no idea what the heck I am talking about, do you?
Let me try to explain.
Have you ever noticed that many apricot Poodles are nuts....sweet.....put nuts in some way?
Have you ever noticed that buff Cockers tend to really hate the front legs clipped, and are more likely to snap than black Cockers?
Have you ever noticed that Schnauzers that have the more course, wiry type hair, whose hair would normally brush out really easily, can't stand to have their legs brushes, and most likely will snap at you when you try to brush their legs?
Have you ever noticed that orange cats are nuts?
Oh, sorry.....my orange cat just decided to have a deranged moment and fly down the hall crying at the top of his lungs.....he'll get over it in a minute.
AND...Is it just me?
Have you ever noticed that ShihTzus, or ShihTzuX's who have these types of eyes tend to have issues?
Doesn't she have a sweet face?
Yes, she does, and she can be real sweet....if and when she wants too.
When I first started grooming her she didn't even think twice before she went after me.
She is better now.
Now she just puts her teeth on my hand to warn me that she does not like what I am trying to do, but doesn't bite with any pressure.
Not that she wouldn't bite me anymore.
The potential is always there, and I have no doubt at all that she would nail me really good if I pissed her off in any way.
It just happened to dawn on me, while I was grooming her last week, that I have three ShihTzus that come in these types of eyes.
Two are serious biters and one has some mental issues.
I have also had some that I groomed in the past (that have gone to the rainbow bridge) that had these same types of eyes and were also bad, or unpredictable biters.
Oh well, maybe it is just me.
I honestly don't look at these traits and automatically expect these behaviors.
I usually notice the behavior first, and then look at the dog and think; 'oh yeah, I should have expected.'
Just an observation.
I am probably the only one who notices this type of crazy stuff.
Don't mind me. :-p
✂ Happy Grooming, MFF ✂