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    If you go to Petco or Petsmart and watch their groomers, the dogs on the table always seems to be still and very calm. Why is that? Or do they have other groomers in the back working with the dogs that act like jeckel and hyde?

  • #2
    Funny you should say that, b/c I hardly ever see them struggle with a dog!!! I only saw that one that wanted to lay down, other than that, all of the dogs look like perfect angels!!

    Maybe they have attitude adjustment classes before they are even put on the table!

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    • #3
      You know, I have wondered the same thing myself. I don't know if they have a back room for the problem dogs, or if most just don't take them.
      I know there are some petsomething workers on here, maybe they will let us know....I have long wondered about this
      Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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      • #4
        i worked at petco for 8 years,and i got my share of spinners, sitters, layers, biters, but we always tried to schedule problem doggies on very slow days, and the place i worked was an older petco, tiny grooming room, only tubs in the back room, and i believe if your calm the dog will be calm, but when the shop was in chaos so were the dogs, saturdays were like that
        trish

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        • #5
          You know, I've wondered the SAME thing!! We go to Petsomething every week and every week, we stop to gaze at the groomers just cuz we can. And I'm always so suprised that I never catch a wild one on the table...Maybe all the wild ones come to me!

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          • #6
            I really have missed out I guess. Every time I have been in one of those places there have never been any dogs any where. Maybe I should go in earlier in the day. LOL
            "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
            Diane

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            • #7
              I have heard that they turn away dogs that are considered 'unruly' real quick. I get some of them at my shop and they don't seem that bad, but I suppose different circumstances make the dog act differently. I know the one by my place also has a back room for the unruly ones. I don't know for sure, this is just what I have heard.

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              • #8
                petsomething long

                I worked for Petsomething for 10 yrs any problem dogs were sent home or recommend to a vet that has grooming which was where I was working for 5 yrs before ai bought my wgnt.Our Petsomethings will not do new older dogs or any pet with health problems or bad temperments.They are also no longer accepting new cats.They have plenty of business so they won't have to put up with problem pets.Being under a microscope like they are you can't afford to have someone complaining your being mean to that little sweetheart whos's trying to bite your face off.I have a lot of respect for the groomers there.They check in ungodly amount of dogs the phone is ring off the hook there anwsering customers questions all while trying to finish a dog who' s mommie is standing out side the window upsetting it.Oh and the mangers are sticking their heads in wondering why their not answering the phone.Been there done that for 10 yrs.to this day I can't stand to talk on the phone.I worked in a large petsomething we averaged 30 to 40 dogs a day with 4 groomer 2 bathers who only did bath dogs groomers had to wash their own dogs

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                • #9
                  They really only take the well-behaved dogs in their salons. The general public would throw a fit if they saw a struggling match between a groomer and a pet--of course it would be the MEAN groomer "abusing" the poor dog....

                  Of course, that's at a well-run Pet Something.... Some GMs/Store Directors insist that EVERY dog be accepted regardless of behavior, then write up the groomer for "abuse" if a client complains about a struggle. And they'll also write up the groomer for declining ANY pet....

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                  • #10
                    Edited.
                    Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-20-07, 12:36 AM.

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                    • #11
                      years ago when I was a student I worked at a pet something. we weren't allowed to turn anything away no matter how bad it was. all naughties were to be done in the back room. i caught h*** once for turning away a chow that I couldn't even accept from the owner

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                      • #12
                        I was very surprised by this post. I used to work at Petsomething and we got a lot of dogs that were difficult to handle. You could take a dog to the back to give them a break and put them in a kennel but really no point because we were not set up to groom back there. Bathing/drying only. I am now mobile and on my own and the dogs I encounter are all much easier to handle. In fact I feel like my experience at Petsomething taught me a lot of patience with how to deal with the difficult dogs.

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                        • #13
                          When I was a manager at a Petsomething, a few years ago, the decision to accept a dog or not was entirely up to me. And there weren't very many I turned down. Only those dogs I considered too unhealthy or too dangerous (either for me, or for themselves) were sent away. Our corporate heads had enough sense to realize that a lot of work-comp claims were not in their best interest. I think a few of them figured out that locking horns with me wasn't really in their best interest, either.

                          To be honest, I didn't have too many problem dogs then, and I don't have too many problem dogs now. Again, I only turn down dogs that are dangerous or have health issues that make me unwilling to work with them. Yes, I take dogs that are a challenge, but most of them learn to behave. The Groomer's Helper makes a world of difference in changing their minds, and their behavior.

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                          • #14
                            I worked at a petsomething for 3 years and we had a lot of crazies. I was at a busy shop, so there was a "running the gauntlet" for any dog being passed to the back while all the tables were filled with dogs. I was impressed at how well behaved dogs were at the private shop I moved to last year compared to the petsomething dogs.

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                            • #15
                              (Edited: everyone...you can be banned from this website for identifying your employer and you agreed to that when you signed the agreement to come aboard here.)

                              You are just missing the bad dogs. If you watched a whole day especially a busy day you are almost guaranteed to get someone with a bad dog.

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