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Very short sessions when he is napping or very tired. I prefer a comb to a brush. At this point you can just use your hands and rub them over his body. Handle his feet, legs, ears, mouth, tail, belly, his whole body. Be very gentle and yet don't let him loose if he gets wiggly. As you rub your hands over him sneak a gentle stroke in with the comb. If he is trying to bite your hands, instead of pulling your hands back, gently use your fingers to rub hs gums, teeth, lips or just hold your hand still. Speak gently but firmly "easy", "eh", "gentle". If you are too rough you will turn the puppy off grooming and make it much more difficult to groom when he is grown. If you let him get up or you stop grooming when he wiggles and mouths you or the grooming tool you let him know that those tactics work to stop the grooming. Don't try to groom when he is really awake and active. Try to wait until he is all ready tired.