Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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All my guys love bathing and grooming and after I have trained them...the food treat is only after they "all have been groomed or there is a big knot and I pull too hard", they all try to be first. My guys see it as special attention time. If Misty gets bitten by a flea she needs to be bathed with a shampoo left in for 15 mins. we use a timer and she gets excited when it dings to be rinsed. Khloe needs special attention to her eye area and loves the water (she is my dock diver). Most dogs can learn to love grooming/bath time, some will like one better then the other. Go slow and spend more time on the areas they like brushed like the back or sides, start out with legs, arms, face, and sensitive areas slowly and go back frequently and do use corn starch on the tangled areas just rub it in leave it for awhile, then try.
Most dogs do not like spray bottles, make for sure the nozzle is not clogged and sprays out gently, I always start by showing my dog the comb and spritzing and combing (sometimes they like to smell first), work up to spraying the dog, never in the face or at them. For faces and beards I spray one of those cotton cosmetic rounds and soak it, then I wipe it on the face areas.
I seldom use the grooming table or arm, I am lazy (I am also not showing), I do it on the floor watching tv and also get them to practice stand for exam (boy am I lazy). I never start grooming on a table I work up to it. Anyone can get their dogs to this point it takes time and patience, some dogs are faster then others, one to six months is not a long time in the life time of your pal. Don't be afraid to treat often in the beginning, high quality treats, you will taper off later. Some dogs like to be rewarded with play my girl Khloe expects to play fetch after, she then kills and punishes her toys before bring them back to be thrown again.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.