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Thumbs down Benny if HORRIBLE to groom!

Benny has been groomed twice and both times they are not able to do a whole lot because he just won't behave. I know exactly what they mean, because when I even brush him he wiggles and squirms and spends the entire time trying to bite the brush. I do it anyway, but it is no fun.

Yesterday I bathed him (he is fine in the tub) then I tried to blow dry him... NO WAY! He was freaking out. So, I let him air dry and then brushed him and he was horrid. I then needed to trim his paws and eyes and forget it, it was impossible.

I have discussed with him the fact that he is a high maintenance dog and better get used to being brushed, groomed, etc., he doesn't listen.

Any advice on how to get this animal to just tolerate grooming?

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Maybe more treats? I'd think shorter grooming times, maybe getting a little done, then lots of praise & treats - and coming back again later to do a little more.

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Timing is really important, too, I think. Quincy is a bear to groom, but it depends on the time of day. If he's been running around and getting a lot of exercise during the day, he's much easier to deal with. If he's in "play mode", then forget it! Treats definitely work and more frequent, short sessions. Quincy just turned 5 months old and was actually very good to groom until about a month ago. I think he's hitting adolescence and testing his boundaries.
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Started real early. Lots of treats. Short sessions. On my lap, on a chair, on a table, in his bed. NOTHING HAS HELPED!! I even overpay the groomer out of guilt! No matter what I do, Beau just hates anything that even resembles preparation for grooming -- let alone brushing or combing. It takes at least 2 people just to get a brush through him a little bit!

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Does he have mats? Is your comb & brush gentle, or does it hurt him? Can one person be giving him treats while another just touches him with the comb and/or brush? How often do you try to brush him?

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I use to brush gabby ontop of the washer (thinking it was like being at the groomers.. high spot)... she would never stay still for me --spin and bite at the comb (shes totally fine at the groomers tho.. shes been going since she was 5 months on a regular basis).

Only recently I tried grooming her ontop of my kitchen counter and WOW what a difference. I guess she really hated it ontop of the washer. On the counter I put a non-slip mat and towel and she sits (to my amazement). I then tried grooming her on the floor one day and OMG even better she laid down and stretched her back legs out, I can get her belly and under her arms no prob now. I do it twice a day, every day. I was shocked by how changing the location of grooming made all the difference.

For Benny maybe try giving him a nice treat that you will only use for grooming, and even if you only get 1 leg done @ a time that's great! baby steps

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Just have to find something that works. While they are young, they have got to get use to brushing and combing. Little short sessions even though they do not need to be brushed or combed, they need the experience for later. How old is Benny?

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I have found that Q is better on the foot stool for my recliner and sometimes on the grooming table (although I'm scared to use the noose because he moves around so much).
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You have to be careful about rewarding him only when he is good. He has no idea what you are asking of him so you have to a. Start by getting excess energy out b. You MUST be gentle and use gentle tools c. Strike a balance of not backing down with the training yet not traumatizing the puppy either d. Reward the puppy with the slightest compliance even if he doesn't yet understand what you want. Timing and reading the puppy's body for signs of stress are critical.You need to keep it very short as in under 5 minutes or even a few seconds. Always try to end on a good note. Work on different areas of grooming ad separate sessions. If he doesn't like the brush try the comb. Break it down ,brushing actually involves 2 steps: he has to tolerate the brush and being handled. If both is too much just work on handling. If he still doesn't take that try something else like chin holding and see if he's OK with that and you can use that as momentum as his confidence builds. Have a trainer help you. If he's really that bad then you've got your work cut out. I see this type of thing a lot more often in Yorkie puppies and some outgrow it, some don't and some end up getting kicked out of the grooming salon because they are too high risk for injuring themselves. The good news is that those types of dogs are usually the ones that the owners don't train or bring in to groom for the first time when they are almost a year old and completely matted, of course we have no choice but to shave them. Make some adjustments keep going and hopefully he will come around.
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I am lucky, all my dogs are great when it comes to grooming. They all got a great start with their breeders. Apolo was my first, and I made all the mistakes on him, it took me a long time to get him to be calm. Just lots of repetition, and patience. I play music, and try to be very gentle. Lacey and Blaze were a dream to groom, even as young puppies. I enjoy grooming, it is a calming thing for me. I often use the time to give them a massage, or just some gentle touch. I sometimes use a wood pin brush, much gentler than a wire one. I make my dogs lay on their side to be groomed, and turn them over to do the other side. They frequently have their eyes closed. None of them really love the dryer though, but they don't fight me. Same with nail clipping and filing. Good luck, stay calm, and do short sessions that end well.

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