|Barked: Fri Dec 16, '11 6:03am PST |
|Some dogs are overly sensitive to slicker brushes so you may have to revise. A human hair brush will often work when used propperly That said the best way I've found with twitchy dogs is to make it a very fun experience for them.
Find the treat that they really enjoy and treat for good behavior. Keep in mind treats are calories and you may need to cut back on food for some dogs. Work on the dog in quarters, I generally start at the rear because it's easiest working from the bottom of the legs up. Use line brushing to make sure you are getting all the way to the skin. [Link] [Link] (in case you aren't familiar with line brushing)
Keep in mind that you don't Have to get the whole coat all at once, however the more you groom, the better both of you will get about it. Don't get frustrated, and if you do take a break, it will do no one any good to get upset. Dogs that haven't been brushed much as puppies will often have to get used to the problem. This is also a good way to make sure there is nothing going on to the skin of thick coated dogs.
First and foremost keep in mind.. Enjoy yourself, make this a quiet time for you and the dog to relax and bond, put on music if you need, or watch tv and brush on the commercials.
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