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Grooming the little bugger

Hi all,
So Stanley Frederick is still resisting grooming. I've been doing the same routine since his day two at my house. Wake up, potty, grooming (Clean face, wipe eye corners, spray with Isle of Dogs conditioning spray, line brush, overall brush, combing including feet, ears, mustache, brush teeth, treat, along with a few treats along with the calm "good boys" during the process.) So we are on week nine or so. He still resists a ton! Especially when I get to his hind quarters...growls, & tries to bite the brush or comb, or his face...squirms like there's five of him.
Any advice? Am I doing something wrong? Should I add something to the equation? Will he relent with time?
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Hi all,
So Stanley Frederick is still resisting grooming. I've been doing the same routine since his day two at my house. Wake up, potty, grooming (Clean face, wipe eye corners, spray with Isle of Dogs conditioning spray, line brush, overall brush, combing including feet, ears, mustache, brush teeth, treat, along with a few treats along with the calm "good boys" during the process.) So we are on week nine or so. He still resists a ton! Especially when I get to his hind quarters...growls, & tries to bite the brush or comb, or his face...squirms like there's five of him.
Any advice? Am I doing something wrong? Should I add something to the equation? Will he relent with time?
Thanks so much!
You might do better grooming him in the evening, when he's sleepy... at least to start with.

That said, they DO differ in their acceptance of grooming. Kodi was always a wiggler, and I found that haing him in a grooming slip, so I could have both hands free was a godsend. Pixel is easier than Kodi, and only needs the grooming slip when she is being blow dried. Panada is a dream-dog when it comes to grooming. She lies on her side for me to groom her, and when it comes to nail trimming, she hands me each paw like a little diva waiting dor her manicure!

They're all different. You just have to be as patient as you need to be.
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You might do better grooming him in the evening, when he's sleepy... at least to start with.

That said, they DO differ in their acceptance of grooming. Kodi was always a wiggler, and I found that haing him in a grooming slip, so I could have both hands free was a godsend. Pixel is easier than Kodi, and only needs the grooming slip when she is being blow dried. Panada is a dream-dog when it comes to grooming. She lies on her side for me to groom her, and when it comes to nail trimming, she hands me each paw like a little diva waiting dor her manicure!

They're all different. You just have to be as patient as you need to be.
I will try evening. Tired puppy makes total sense! Thank you!
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Shama lets me groom her more easily now than when she was younger. She used to writhe and squirm when I tried to do anything, whereas now she only tries to get away when I'm working on her face or head. If I have her leaning back slightly on my legs when I'm sitting in a chair with my knees bent up and my feet on the coffee table, she's actually pretty good about letting me work on her head. Still squirms when I do her face. In that same leaning back position, she lets me brush/comb her chest, her belly, and under her front legs. I'm impressed with your routine (but think Karen has a point about perhaps switching to the evening) and think you just need to persist. Good luck! Keep us posted!

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Shama lets me groom her more easily now than when she was younger. She used to writhe and squirm when I tried to do anything, whereas now she only tries to get away when I'm working on her face or head. If I have her leaning back slightly on my legs when I'm sitting in a chair with my knees bent up and my feet on the coffee table, she's actually pretty good about letting me work on her head. Still squirms when I do her face. In that same leaning back position, she lets me brush/comb her chest, her belly, and under her front legs. I'm impressed with your routine (but think Karen has a point about perhaps switching to the evening) and think you just need to persist. Good luck! Keep us posted!
Thanks! I'll try the lap. I've been putting a pad on my kitchen island, so maybe he'll do better on my lap. Trial and error with all of this puppy stuff.

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I usually have her on my lap when I'm grooming her. The only part that's hard to get that way is the back of her legs and under her tail.

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Interesting how different they all are. Raffy will jump into my lap if I show him a hair-tie and say 'topknot'. He is perfectly accommodating about his face/head grooming and often seems to enjoy it. He gets squirmy and whines when I'm working on his back-end and we just get through it. If I'm very slow and gentle I can get his chest/armpits by lying him on his back. If I catch any tangles or mats though, he squirms and I have to re position him. He also loves the blowdryer and will hop onto the grooming table (it's low) willingly when he sees the dryer after he's done afterbath zoomies.

Sassy has been fine about basic grooming, but isn't a real fan about her face so I try to juggle holding a toy for her to bite at while combing her face. She gets grumpy about her back-end if it's tangled at all, and will growl/bite at my hands/comb. I offer her a toy to bite for this as well. It's far from 100% successful, but I feel like we've definitely made progress. At first I couldn't comb any part of her without her trying to get away and becoming very cranky. Now I can comb all middle parts topside and underside and she just lays there like she's getting pets.


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Sprocket just stands there on the grooming table while I do my thing he's a breeze to groom so far
he does get a little fidgety when I groom his face so I have to use the grooming slip to keep his head still I do groom him only in the evenings right before cuddle time maybe that's y he's more calm? He still doesn't like the clippers we r slowly getting use to them he does well with the dryer as long as it's not blowing in his face


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Sophie was a whirling dervish while being groomed too. She was in crazy play mode the whole time, biting at the blow dryer air, trying to pounce and grab every comb, bit of hair, etc. If I gave her a toy she would drop it off the edge over and over so I would pick it up for her. It was pretty hysterical and I'm a little sad to say she has calmed down tons. I worked with her by setting her on the table, using a treat for standing still, keeping the sessions very short and fun. No scolding. Other than a stern "Ah!" if really needed. Try to make it as fun/positive place as possible for him don't get frustrated keep a happy but calm reassuring voice and be very sure not to tug at any mats to hurt him. We would fuss at that too.

Now at just turning 2, Sophie stands for a really long time and isn't nearly as mouthy with the combs and things. If we go too long she gets antsy and I try to give her breaks and something interesting like a toy closely supervised and also I do give her little treats all along when she is calm and holding still. (tiny tiny pieces). Lots of good girls.

I'm sorry I just reread and you are already doing much of this stuff. How old is he? I'm sure he'll settle it did take Sophie quite a long time.
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So, do most of you have a grooming table with a slip? Even if just a pet?
Where does one find this? Any suggestions on brand, type, etc?

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