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Old 04-19-2017, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 7 month old Toy Poodle, black , she is getting very mad with the brush & comb most of the time ,
I need some help with how to calm her down for grooming & bathing,
do you think it will get better when she is older, she tries to bite the brush.
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Time to turn it into a pleasant, rather than unpleasant, experience. Is she matted or tangled, so that brushing hurts? If so get her shaved down, so that you are starting with a short, tangle free coat - it will soon grow. Touch with the brush, treat. Repeat. Put the brush away. Play/walk/exercise, and when she is a bit tired and relaxed do 3 or 4 more touches and treats. After a few sessions of touching do one brief brush stroke, treat and finish. Only treat when she does not bite the brush, of course - it helps to have someone holding a scrap of something delicious in front of her nose, or to put a dab of something nice on an upright surface where she can lick it. Build up to several brush strokes for a treat, and eventually just one or two treats for the whole process.

If the biting is just puppy playfulness careful training should improve things quickly, but if brushing is painful, or you make a battle of it, she is likely to get worse rather than better with time...
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FJM has great advice as usual. I agree totally with her advice.

I have been putting my puppy on the grooming table daily, sometimes twice a day since we got her at 8 wks old. We started off very slowly, showing her the brush, letting her smell it, treating and praising, then brushed a few strokes and ended the session with more treats and praise. The next day, same thing, but maybe a few more brush strokes.

If you can commit to taking the time to go very slowly, with consistent positive sessions, you will be able to get your pup to accept being brushed/groomed. Good luck!
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Thank you fjm i will try doing the touch & treat with the brush, pup has got a few knots on her sides from me not brushing well.
When does her coat change from puppy to adult , could that be why she has tangles now.
I really love her a lot , and want a nice happy time with her
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It could well be coat change, although it is not usually as bad in toys as bigger poodles. I would definitely get her cut short if her hair is knotting. Knots can be painful to brush out, and after one bad experience it can take weeks to convince a dog it won't hurt this time!
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My vet said i should pluck the hair in her ears ,then the groomer plucked it out & her ears
were sore & slightly wet for a few days.
I have been reading different views on ear hair removal , i would like to leave her ears be,
unless there is a reason to pluck the hair.
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I rarely pluck these days, and certainly would ask a groomer to avoid doing so - they tend to wind it all round a haemostat and yank it out in one go, rather than do tiny, tiny pinches that don't hurt and don't damage the skin as much. Broken skin leads to infections, which lead to endless problems, and a painful yank can make a dog wary of having its ears touched for years to come. I now trim the hair in Poppy's ears with little ball tip scissors, and perhaps take out a few hairs at a time if they are looking a bit too full. My vet tells me veterinary opinion is moving towards not plucking, because of the infection risk.

I wouls play some treat games for ear touches and massages to get her comfortable with having them handled, and ask your groomer just to trim the hair in future.
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