Umm.. Peanut butter is not a bad idea! lol
Oh..and I would leave a little hair around there so it will "stream down it" and won't splatter all over the place, know what I mean? If you cut the hair too much right there...it makes it worse actually..But leaving some to guide to pee straight down.
Well, I don't really remember if Gucci cleaned herself much when she was a puppy. I was a new furmom, and it didn't even cross my mind. But NOW, actually...I'd say since she was around 5-6 months, she's REALLY good with cleaning herself. If I am rubbing her belly and even 'LOOK' at it..she quickly goes to clean it! LOL,
I just rolled her over and looked at her peeper and she started cleaning!!!
She's just like "okay..mom...sheesh!"
So, my guess would be..it is something they just grow into. Like our human children that don't remember to brush their teeth until they are 15 or so, or take a daily shower. Sorta like that video I posted yesterday for "moms". LOL
Gucci is cleaning herself...AGAIN.
So, maybe you can just encourage it, I'd try the peanut butter and pointing at the peeper. Gracie will get better about it. And if you really try to help keep her clean as a puppy, I think they 'stay' like that. If Gucci gets a stick in her fur and can't get it out..she'll start whining or act frustrated about it, so I need to help her occasionally (especially if there are MANY sticks in her fur) and she always is grateful. I'd say she's very clean, but I don't recal her being like this when she was uber little.