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Does anyone have suggestions to help with grooming. I have been using a small pin brush very gently, not really to groom Ollie, to get him used to the process. Only do it for a very short time, try to brush each area once. He goes crazy for the brush, trying to nip it constantly, very wriggily. He gets so excited I cannot calm him down to just feel the experience. Have tried to put him on a table, tried holding him in midair, cuddle him close. He is not scared, or angry just crazy excited. Help!
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I just walked in on the groomer brushing milos face repeatedly with the pin brush. He was trying to escape and bite the brush and her hand. I will never take him to a groomer again!


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I sometimes give Molly a brush she can chew on while I brush her with another one. This seems to help. I also find she lets me brush her better in the evening when she is more relaxed and settled down for the night.



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Does anyone have suggestions to help with grooming. I have been using a small pin brush very gently, not really to groom Ollie, to get him used to the process. Only do it for a very short time, try to brush each area once. He goes crazy for the brush, trying to nip it constantly, very wriggily. He gets so excited I cannot calm him down to just feel the experience. Have tried to put him on a table, tried holding him in midair, cuddle him close. He is not scared, or angry just crazy excited. Help!
Just keep at it. Be persistent but gentle and he will eventually get used to it! The good thing is that you have several months with a Havanese puppy before they get to the point that they really NEED to be groomed, and you have all that time to get them used to the idea!


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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.


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I agree with Pucks104. I use a comb on Cody rather than a brush because he kept biting/playing with the brush. He lets me comb him when he is tired. I am still struggling with combing out the eye gook. My husband holds him while I try to remove the eye gook with a flea comb.

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Thanks for all your remarks and suggestions. I agree not to really try and groom him I am just trying to get him used to the motions. I think I will gentle glide the comb over him instead of the brush not really combing just letting it glide over his body. He has no problem letting us stroke him everywhere with our hand and touching feet, ears eyes etc. The idea of doing it when he is tired makes a lot of sense, I will do that. Thank you all.
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Karen and Puck hit the nail on the head, great advice. Keep at it and be firm but gentle. Mae is about 10 months and she is great about being combed out about 45 minutes every other day and 20 minutes on the other day. I prefer using a table and comb and she knows its comb out time after our morning walk and before breakfast. It's pretty important to get them used to being groomed. My older boy doesn't like being combed out so he's in a shorter cut but still needs a good once over every few days. You have a few months before you REALLY need to get to business and be productive with comb out sessions use this time wisely and you will have less stress about the inevitable knots and mats in the future.

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Thank you Jabojenny, I will take your advice as well. I definitely don't want to clip his coat so grooming is very important to me as well. Will take it slowly. He is a smart little guy that loves to please so I am sure it will come along.
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Definitely a comb.

1. A comb will get ALL the way to his skin. You want to make sure that you aren't just brushing the surface.

2. He can't damage a metal comb. Those lovely wooden handles on the brushes are so chewy!

3. If you put him on a table, enlist a helper to distract and stuff his little face with treats or a Kong.

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