Sneakers, an intact (with balls) 4-year-old pup, was dropped off for grooming. His mom wanted Sneakers to be washed, ears cleaned, sanitary area shaved (that was tricky!), and his nails clipped.
Preparing your dog for grooming, by Jamie Roper
Sneakers was docile and cooperative until he was off the table. That's when the fur started to fly. Boon, another young male dog, was waiting for his human to take him home. (At our salon dogs aren't caged unless there's a special problem.) As soon as Sneakers was off the table, he checked Boon out and proceeded to mount him. Boon objected strenuously. Things did get sorted out once Boon retreated under a convenient chair where he remained until he was picked up.
Tip 1: If you have an intact dog, it's best to let your groomer know in advance. Then he or she can arrange for grooming to take place when other dogs aren't around.
Your groomer can remove fur knots but it's unfair to the dog, often costs additional money, and is time consuming. A dog has just so much patience on the grooming table. The knots usually develop behind the legs and ears, and at the collar. They are caused by the dog's natural hair-shedding, and occur wherever there are pressure points. (The back of a dog almost never gets matted unless he frequently wears sweaters.) When knots are too tight and very close to the skin, all a groomer can do is shave the fur off.
Tip 2: Spend a few minutes every day brushing your dog, even if the coat is short. It's good for the fur and is great for bonding.