Q: Grooming a Yorkie
I have a 10 month old female yorkie who hates being brushed. I talk to her while I am brushing her, given her treats, but she still fights me. Any solutions or suggestions?
Feb 05, 2010
My dogs are large and not terriers so I'm not sure I can help, but my long haired GSD seems to enjoy the brushing. It helps to use a leave-in detangler first so that the tangles don't pull so much. I'm not sure if you've tried that. I like the smell of the one sold by Petedge. I think that the brushing, especially when there's a tangle and you are pulling, it might feel like another dog is nipping them. You know what I mean, like the dog whips their head around and practically bites the brush? So, I have worked with my dogs and they know that it's me brushing them. One of the things I did to get my dogs not to bite or nip, is that I sometimes will grab some fur and tug lightly, in the way that a little kid might do to them. When they look at me, I sternly and calmly say "no bite" and continue to do it, while they look at me. I stare them down, and after a while, they don't even care because they realize it's me doing it and I'm not trying to hurt them. Whatever you do, don't jerk your hand away, since that's the reaction they want and you don't want to teach them that biting gets their way. You might have to actually muzzle the dog at first, but I never had to with my dogs. It takes practice and I think since I now have two little kids of my own, the dogs are very tolerant of the kids grabbing their fur (though I also teach my kids not to pull but pet them nicely).
The other thing is it depends on the type of brush you use, some are rather scratchy. My other smaller GSD doesn't like the slicker brush and I think it might feel like it's scratching her skin. I try to get brushes that are rounded and smooth on the ends of the bristles, and also those padded ones that have a little "give" where the bristles are imbedded.
I've also given my dogs massages to help relax them before the brushing, and at the end of the session, I'll reward them with a treat and some playtime (since they stayed still for a long time during the brushing) with the ball or other toys.
Hope that helps!
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Feb 01, 2010
get her accustomed to the brush first. one way to do this is to let her sniff it and when she touches her nose to it use the command "brush" and give her a treat. repeat this until she will touch her nose to it on command. this makes the brush into something positive. then say brush and touch it to her body, gently and w/o moving it, while giving her a treat. if she is uncomfortable, let her touch it w/her nose a few more times. if she is comfortable, brush her very lightly on just a small section of her body while giving her a treat and saying "brush" - as she becomes more comfortable w/the feeling, increase how much of her you brush and then increase the pressure. at first you will have to take your time and say brush each time the brush will be coming at her, but soon you should be able to say it right at the beginning, giving her a few treats as you get started, and be able to finish w/o a commotion.
always be sure she is in a relaxed state when it's time to groom her. an already excited dog will be more prone to anxiety.
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