Can We Talk? How to Deal with Geriatric Pets
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There comes a time when every professional pet groomer must deal with an elderly dog, the feeble dog, or the dog who is dealing with dementia. They can be challenging, but with the proper mindset and some basic skills you can help keep the pet safe and secure.
In this session, Suesan Watson shows you how to deal with the older pet. Her experience comes from a career full of dealing with pets of all ages.
In this video you will learn:
• Great ways to handle an older dog
• The number one thing you need to focus on
• How to move around an older dog to gain its trust
• Why it is important to pre-educate your clients
• Tips for communicating with an owner about an aging pet
Suesan is a third generation pet stylist whose dynamic career stretches over 40 years. A “Certified Master Groomer”, she owns a successful mobile grooming business, serving the Chicago/Northwest Suburban area. Sue is proud to be part of Wahl’s “Extreme Team” and is approved by the “United Show Managers’ Alliance” as a “Sanctioned Judge”.
She began grooming competitively in 1995, and has received many class and group placings. Sue is a winner of the “Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year” award, and only recipient of three consecutive “Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year”. In addition, Suesan has been nominated multiple times for “Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year”, and Cardinal “Congeniality” awards.
Making “Groom Team USA” in 2000, Suesan was in the top five positions for five years in a row, before retiring from competing to become a judge in 2005. Her 2004 placings garnered her the honor of competing with the “Groom Team USA Travel Team” in France, in 2005; with the USA team placing second, only one point behind France. Sue also won “Best Clipping” recognition with her Mini-Poodle in the “individual open class”, at the same competition.
Her keen eye for dogs, understanding of the “standards” and knowledge of grooming techniques, coupled with her pleasant demeanor, has made Sue a sought after competition judge and speaker, both in the United States and abroad. And with a natural ability to communicate grooming techniques to others in an understanding and often-humorous way, she regularly draws crowds at her seminars and grooming demonstrations around the country. Sue also does private hands-on seminars with individuals and smaller shop groups.
Annually, Suesan teams up with her sister to produce and manage a “Class B” grooming competition in conjunction with the “Chicagoland Family Pet Expo”. This venue allows less experienced groomers to be introduced to competitive grooming in a not so intimidating arena and then continue on to larger shows as their confidence and experience builds. The competition has been very popular with not only the groomers but the average attendees of the show who normally do not see regular grooming competitions.