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Hi! I'm Catherine, and my Havanese is Lyra
I am new to the forum, but have been reading posts here for a while. I just got my sweet girl Lyra early in October (2020); she is a dark chocolate particolor Havanese. She's currently around 3 months old. I wake up every morning so grateful for her and the light she brings to my life. I am excited to get chatting on this platform and learn more about the experience of raising a Hav!
To kick things off, does anyone have tips or tricks to helping condition their dog to enjoy the experience of being brushed? I started super slow, introducing the brush and detangling spray little by little and heavily rewarding with high-value treats and lots of encouragement. I do a combination of holding her while brushing to reassure, and having her sit and getting as much brushing in as she allows (usually not much). Lyra seems to tolerate being brushed but in general she gets pretty keyed up (attempting to bite/play with the brush, jumping around, etc). Any tips on how to help make it a calm and enjoyable experience for her? I know Lyra is young and very much a rambunctious puppy still, so I am sure things will get easier with age as well, but I figured I would ask!
Last edited by CatherineAndLyraTheHav; 11-19-2020 at 06:11 PM.