I love being the hero ;)
I had a first time client with a 7 month old Standard Poodle today.
He was a typical 7 month old puppy. He started out a little difficult, but in no time he realized what I wanted him to do. The grooming went well and I loved doing him. When I called to have her pick up, she hesitantly asked how he behaved. Evidently, every other groomer told them he was horrible. She then tried to do him herself, and it didn't go so well either.
Honestly, I don't think it was because I have super mad handling skills. I'm sure how I handled him had a small part but I'm thinking it was more that he was finally old enough and mature enough to 'get it'.
He was super noisy in a kennel. I'd scheduled so that he was the only one here during his time, so I was able to let him out when I got him to quiet down for a minute or two. I can imagine if he barked non stop for hours, that could make any groomer a little less patient with him. Being able to have him out of the kennel may have helped a lot today too, with my stress and his. :)
Whatever the reason it all went so well, it made me look really good. lol
His owner was thrilled to death with his groom and how well we got along and rebooked his next appointment. He's a nice boy and I'm so happy to add him to my client list for good.
If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.