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    I have my sister in laws Yorki coming next week. This is a pup and only weighs one pound.
    She SWEARS she cannot even touch her head!, and she is VERY
    serious.
    I know some tiny dogs can be diffiecult, but have never held anything smaller that three pounds that was super nasty.
    How do I hold this dog to do her head without hurting her?
    She is really even to small to put a loop on.
    I can't imagne how this will go.
    My other sister in law had one but he was older and a little larger, hated his ears messed with and was so hyper he took me forever to do, but I got him done. Hard to imagne this tiny demon.
    I have visions of a cloth bag hanging from my grooming arm with four tiny legs and a head poking out of it.
    Any advise would be appreciated.

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    I groom a very tiny yorkie that is always in motion. The only way I can trim her face is to hold her by the scruff. It really calms Bella down enough so I can get some trimming done on her. I know what you mean though .... it's hard to restrain a dog that is that tiny without hurting them. I don't use a noose in the tub because she slides right out of it. Bella's to tiny to climb out of the tub so it's not a problem.

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    • #3
      If the dog is really that small, put on a pair of gloves and touch her little head until she figures out that biting doesn't make you stop touching.

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      • #4
        I groom one who is nasty!! The first thing I do is lasso the dog, yes lasso. The owner can not even touch it the one reason he gets to the grooming shop is that he likes to ride in the car. She opens the door and prays he walks in. One I have him lassoed, I pull tight on the slip lead and scoop him from the back end, put him on my table and muzzle him. I groom him muzzled, except for cage drying (and no I do not fluff dry cujo strait through). For the face I groom what I can with the regular muzzle on then slip a ribbon through the muzzle and secure it under the jaw and then behind the ears. He can bite this way but not as easily. Once I get what I need done that way, I slip the real muzzle back on, detach the ribbon and grab a slip lead. I put the slip lead high up on the neck (like the dog whisperer) and take off the muzzle and aim. There was one episode with a Maltese, were this technique worked well. I will not let anyone else in our shop groom this dog (liability reasons). I did fire this client, but since no vet in town would touch him, or he would not enter their door, I took him back. I really hope yours is not this nasty, but it does work for dogs that should be sedated.

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        • #5
          I have a new cockapoo tomorrow that the lady said the last place it took 3 people to do him and she had to stay and help too. Here comes the GH and the muzzle. Try and get me now sucker lol.
          If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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          • #6
            I should add-the nasty yorkie x I groom is not tiny 14 lbs or so

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            • #7
              I have a lhasa that I do who's a Jekyl/Hyde. He's so sweet and is always wagging his tail....till you start grooming him. He usually starts fighting in the bath, but I had him dozing off this last time talking quietly to him. I thought maybe he'd be better for the groom too, but NOPE! I made a makeshift GH to start working on him, but noce I got to his front legs, he slipped out of the noose, bit my hand and bit my STOMACH! That hurt. No marks but wow...he was a tag team effort too.

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              • #8
                This dog needs to be worked with IMO. Your SIL needs to start touching this baby where she does not like to be touched until she gets used to it. I bet she backs off as soon as the little darling snaps or yelps. She needs to NOT put up w/that nonsense. I like Helly's suggestion of the gloves for a little fella.

                The more she is worked w/and you and your SIL don't back down the better she will get. Have your SIL bring her to you as often as possible so you can get your hands on her alot. I have customers w/difficult puppies that have brought them to me a few times a week just so I could take "baby steps" w/them to get them used to all of the touching and grooming process. It really does make a difference in some pups.
                SheilaB from SC

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