Some dogs simply hate being groomed. They may find it uncomfortable or have negative associations from past experiences. Generally, if a dog is being difficult during grooming, it's due to anxiety; however, there are plenty of ways to help ease your dog's anxiety and change his response to grooming.
Do dogs get embarrassed when they get groomed?
Pups are somewhat like human babies. Grooming sessions can make them very uncomfortable and even sad! In fact, it's not at all unusual to see your pup cowering from you or just looking very sad each time you bring him back from a grooming session.
Can dogs be traumatized at groomers?
Dogs can become fearful of other dogs that are also there for a grooming even when dogs are kept separate. All these foreign stimuli can make grooming a traumatic experience for a nervous dog. In some severe cases, dogs can have a full-blown panic attack from not being properly acclimated to the situation.
How do I get my dog to behave at the groomers?
Offer a few treats so the dog begins to associate the grooming tools with good things. Slowly begin to use the tools as you would when grooming. Touch the nail trimmer to one of your dog's nails while you talk softly and give it a treat. Practice several times, and then work up to trimming a nail.