need to calm dogHello all,
I have an elderly dog, who has gotten contankerous. Noel is a mixed breed with Poodle hair. Thus, she has to have her hair trimmed regularly. I always did this, but lately, she gets very aggressive when I try to clip, trim nails and bath her. Yes, I have a muzzle, but she's wise to that!! I know it sounds comical, but she will and has bitten me and broken the skin!
Can someone recommend something to calm her so I can get the muzzle on her? PLEASE!!!!!!!
problem_child on 2006-06-18
♡ girilal last decade
walkin last decade
I used to handle an aggressive dog. She won't let me touch her and yup I was bitten many times by her. She was also a x-poodle.
I had to use a towel to cover her head and quickly carried her to the bathroom to bathe her and trim off her hair and clip her nails.
The aggressive behaviour came about because she was in pain which I was not aware of - she eventually passed away due to her weak heart and pyometra.
What I'm trying to say is that if there is a change in behaviour, there could be something happening internally that brings about this aggressiveness. This is from my experience. Some dogs are more expressive (biting) when they are in pain, others may have a higher tolerance of pain like my other sweet poodle who died of a tumour.
mersing last decade
I have very old dogs. My youngest Maltese dog is 15 years old and her mother is 18. They are very healthy, but my oldest has lost almost all her teeth and her mouth is sensitive.
I have found that she really gets panicky and fights me when I accidentally touch her mouth, jaw, throat or face area. (My ex-Vet nearly killed her by manhandling her when she would not let him take a blood sample from her neck.)
The remaining teeth are healthy, but I suspect nerve pain plus the trauma factor instilled by the bad Vet. Before I groom her, I use Bach Flower for calming. This works well for me.
Morningstar last decade
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