....DON"T break them! In a perfect world, all the dogs that we groomers groom would prance happily into our shops, or vans and jump into our tubs or up on our tables, standing like statues as we quickly and safely groom them. And, they would love it!
Actually, if we think about it, we do have a lot of dogs that do like the grooming and are really good in the tub and on the grooming tables. Then there are others. The ones that we tend to remember more.
The ones that are fearful and and scared. Others that may snap or bite. Still others that are wild, crazy, and always in perpetual motion.
I didn't agree with some of her handling methods then and, after so many years of grooming, I STRONGLY disagree with the methods that she taught.
Just tight enough to stop him from reaching me, but not too tight. As soon as he stopped trying to bite, they were to relax the hold, but still hold till I was finished and I was able to slowly replaced my hands with the person holding his head. Once I had his head in my hands, I would talk to him softly and rub his cheeks, very slowly releasing my hold.