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Treats! Heís so young, you can still shape it. Even if it isnít his favorite thing, heíll accept it. if you break up a treat into little pieces and give him a piece after each eye, then a piece after his head is brushed, a piece after each of his legs, etc. You can do it right before meal time and use kibble, too, if thatís what you feed. At that age heís not going to mat if you start out using a brush for 2 minutes and each day increase a couple of minutes. Make sure you get him used to a comb, too, because youíll need it when heís blowing coat. You can also gradually decrease the treats so he gets one at the end.
Lots of praise and whatever handling he likes, so itís like ďbonding time.Ē Mine loved belly rubs, like most puppies, so I would brush his tummy with a wooden pin brush, which he also loves, and then give him a belly rub. At one point he would actually roll over or lift up his neck for me to groom him. Heís not as enthusiastic now that his coat is a little too long for him (grooming takes longer, and he gets mats more often) but heís cooperative.
Also, whatever you use to clean his eyes, maybe try to warm it. I used both prepackaged eye wipes and tissues and mine always tolerated them better if I wet them with warm water. Keeping them dry helps. I slacked off and my adult Havanese tear stains were worse recently, but it looks a lot better growing out as Iíve made a point to keep his face dry.