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Jeanette Slade February 13, 2014 at 07:31 pm
Wow! Interesting debate. As a terrier enthusiast, I can appreciate the how the Pitbull parentsRead More passionately defend their K9 children's reputation. However, this debate is one that is shamefully and needlessly directed at this grooming shop owner! The countless attacks over his professionalism by people who have never met him or used his services is ridiculous. Mr. Griffin brought up an interesting point about animal behavior especially in stressful situations. As a pet groomer of 22 years, training and experience has taught me that the rules of common animal behavior that apply to the general public are completely different than that of those who work in pet care professions. We have to gain each pets trust in order to effectively do our job without the benefit of a "play date", so to speak, to earn that trust before they come into our places of business. We HAVE to take into consideration the behavioral traits that we know are inherit of their breed in order to do our jobs safely. It helps us to have insight into the mindset of what ever the breed is; whether full bred or even in part. No matter what the setting be it the vet, kennel, or groomer, this is the case. We know that a westie is going to bite the dryer air. We know that we will need ear plugs when we wash that husky. We know that a nervous shelty equals a nervous bowel. We know not to look a cat in the eye when its getting a bath unless we want to wear it as a face mask. The list goes on and on for the experienced groomer. It all helps us to do our jobs safely and effectively. And we love it! But one more thing...We know that the side way glare out of the corner of a pitbull's eye means we have about a half of a second to take control or somebody's in trouble. If for whatever circumstance a pet care professional can not or does not want to deal with certain breed quirks that's their choice. It doesn't require a nationwide debate. I happen to have worked as an apprentice under David for two years. He has small quaint shop that wouldn't allow the space required to handle the energy of some of the large excitable muscle dogs. So the fact that he puts safety above dollar signs is the epitome of professionalism in my opinion. How dare people make such negative public assessments about someone who has worked so hard to build the business he has. Food for thought the next time I consider making negative remarks about a business.
Lois Velasco February 15, 2014 at 05:53 pm
Laurel, As a groomer of 40 years, I think any grooming shop has the right to deny service to anyRead More dog. Although there are many dogs that may bite (such as a Chihuahuas, Terriers, etc.), the strength of a pit bull’s jaw is much greater than most other dogs and the consequential damage could be severe. Unfortunately over the years, unscrupulous people have bred Pits to be aggressive, often causing them to fight other dogs. Pits are more likely to go after other dogs than people which would put any other client’s dogs as well as his employees at risk. When clients trust you with their dogs, you have an obligation to protect them from any danger including potential attacks from other dogs. While this is possible with any breed, it would be harder to control a Pit due to their sheer strength and tenacity. The owner staying with the Pit does not always work as most dogs tend to behave worse when their human is present. Friends of mine owned a German Shepherd and a Doberman Pinscher. One day as I was walking them down the street, although both of them were very friendly and not aggressive at all, I found that everyone I encountered crossed to the other side of the street. I had wanted to talk to some of the people; however, I could not blame them for wanting to keep a distance to avoid any possible problem. I don’t feel that that was discriminatory, but perhaps just good common sense. I have known David for many years and have groomed dogs next to him. With regard to “reading dogs”, David is very good at reading a dog’s body language and knowing what to watch for. This is a skill that a good groomer needs to develop to keep himself, his employees, his clients, and the other dogs in the shop safe.
Kelly February 18, 2014 at 08:17 pm
no animal can be trusted...thats why they are called animals
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