Skip the dog barrettes, rubber bands at groomers
What works well on a human child is a nightmare for dogs
I won’t lie to you. As pointless as I think barrettes are on a dog, when my mother’s dog left the groomer with barrettes in her hair, I smiled. How could you not? This dog is adorable on her own, even at her hairiest. But those little pink bows are adorable. Would I put them in my own dog’s fur? No. But I also have a short-haired dog, so it’d be a task in itself for the fur accessories to stay in place — that is, unless you have rubber bands.
And that’s where everything went wrong. In the first few visits when my mother’s dog was groomed, the pup would yelp when she tried to take the barrettes and rubber bands out. This time around, she forgot they were in the dog’s head and the pup had never done anything when they were in her fur any other time. I guess her dog had enough and tried to yank them out early.
Within 24 hours after leaving the groomer, and because her dog decided to do this overnight while my mother was sleep, she woke up to see her dog’s ears bleeding. An emergency visit to the vet, initial talk of dog ear cropping, realizing the ears could be saved (although bruised and a different color than usual) and a cone around her neck, and luckily, her dog is all good. The rubber bands? All bad to begin with.
One of my biggest gripes with pet owners referring to their dogs as fur babies and putting them in dog clothes is it too often blurs the line between human baby and dog. For a child old enough to wear rubber bands, (s)he can walk over, point to the rubber bands, complain about them and you can take them out.
Dogs, on the other hand, could growl and bark at a number of things. My own dog once went to war with a paper bag on the sidewalk like four pit bulls were running her way. My second dog would bark at flies outside. Any small annoyance can trigger a dog.
But sometimes they won’t even alert you to what’s wrong (or their weird fights). More often than not, they will just take matters into their own hands, hence the constant times I see dogs walking around with cones!