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    Does anyone ever use gloves for protection while grooming a notorious biter? I realize that scissoring may not be possible with gloves, but I would think you could still do clipper work. I'm thinking specifically about grooming faces when a muzzle won't really work. If so, what kind do you use?

  • #2
    I have never used gloves to actually groom. I used to have a pair of handler gloves that my vet ordered for me. They were super thick leather and were handy if you had a cage shy fear biter that you were trying to "loop" to get out of a cage. I rarely used them though because they were so thick and awkward, and because they seemed to scare the animals whose trust I was trying to gain. They were lost when we moved shop locations and I never replaced them and have never missed them. If the dog is that bad of a biter, do what you can around a muzzle and don't worry about the rest. Not worth bitten fingers and I don't think there are any gloves that would be flexible enough to do "face work" and still offer you protection...JMO
    SheilaB from SC

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    • #3
      I have gloves for filet fish. cut my skin. I even bought chain glove from a butcher once...they musta been laughing at me..$30. Hey George, listen to this..this weird girl bought my glove for dog grooming hahaha. Never use it..Muzzle or go somewhere else .For bathing...nooooo waste of time....I could sell lots of stuff I have tried over the years.

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      • #4
        Never ever have I used gloves for handling or grooming dogs. The gloves I have seen are way to bulky.

        I don't even use rubber gloves to bath a dog with.
        "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
        Diane

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        • #5
          I dont think gloves would help, if I have a biter on the table I am jumpy even with the groomers helper on.If they turn their head fast or jerk around, I use clippers quickly on biter faces,the owners understand.

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          • #6
            I plan on using gloves for bathing and maybe more because I heard you can get mites under your nails and prob all kinds of germs and bacteria from digging into dirty dog hair while bathing.( I think)

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            • #7
              I never use gloves so I can groom nasty dogs. As a matter of fact, I refuse to groom any dog that needs to be muzzled for any reason besides nail clipping.

              When I was a young and didn't know better, I took on all grooms. The more difficult the better - I felt like a hero when they were done.

              But there was one episode that changed my mind. The dog was an English cocker spaniel - very sweet and apologetic until she was placed on the grooming table. I had to muzzle her the whole time I was working on her. She was so mad that I swear blood was dripping out of her eyes.

              I finally stopped grooming her when I realized what a pitiful site she had become - covered in her own pee, trembling horribly, trying to rake off the muzzle. From that moment on, I decided that I would never strong-arm or force grooming on another dog.

              If it's gotten to the point where muzzling isn't working, and you are considering other ways to groom this dog -- stop and think. Do you really want to make this dog's time on your table a traumatic, awful experience?

              Do the right thing -- pass off this dog to someone who can humanely groom the dog by using sedation - a veterinarian.

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              • #8
                I've never used them. I refer dogs that require special handling to a veterinary grooming situation where they can recieve special care. I have heard of a situation where a new dog in a shop became agressive and got loose in the shop. I heard that they had a difficult time regaining control of it. Bite gloves or a pole leash might be handy to have around for emergency situations such as that for safety.

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                • #9
                  Edited.
                  Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-25-07, 04:40 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I read in a GroomertoGroomer magazine that if the dog is really dirty it would be a good idea to use latex gloves. I dont plan on doing this...just something i read.

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                    • #11
                      Any glove that is going to protect you from a bite will be too bulky to use for much of anything really. I have some bite buster gloves and have used them when working with cats, but I usually ended up just wearing the glove on the hand that was holding the cat and had my clipper hand free. You just can't maneuver well if they are good enough to protect you from a bite.

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                      • #12
                        I don't use them for bite protection. Too much a pain in the butt, they just get in the way. I will use latex gloves if I have a dog with worms though, lol.
                        Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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                        • #13
                          gloves

                          ha ha im reading all these post and i guess im the only groomer out there that wil even do a bad dog. i have to say i like the bad dogs they have to get groomed also. i have a few dogs that i use the cone on and when i do the face i have a glove on one hand and just sissors in the other. i like the bad dogs...i guess that is why i have so many. but they have to look cute too! i feel bad for the mean ones.....i just think they had bad times at other places or their owners don't give them boundries. but yes i use gloves and i bought them at the hardwares store they are like leather. nothing special.

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                          • #14
                            gloves

                            I have used gloves when I am trying to protect a wound on my hand but have never had much luck with them. The water just get in them when I bath so end up taking them off before the bath is over. I really like to be able to feel the skin when I bath to check for sores and any stange things you might found on a dog. I once found a 3 prong fish hook tangled in the hair of a once a year cocker.

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                            • #15
                              If a dog is so nasty that you need to use gloves,
                              they go elsewhere...
                              My hands are too valuable to risk serious injury....

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