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Q: How can you get a Dog used to being brushed??

August 6, 2009 | By Anna G. | 6 answers | Expired: 1891 days ago

Anna G.

My dog Sophie is a very high-strung dog. We got her from a dog pound about 2 years ago. We think that she has been abused. Therefore, when we try to brush her I think she is afraid that she is going to be beaten. Any ideas on how to get her to like it??

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Lesleycurry
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Aug 20, 2009

I wanted to add, that there is a cocker spaniel that I groom who doesn't like to stand up during grooming because he is so terrified( previous bad experience I suspect ). But after a few moments of me holding up his rear end, he will slowly stand on his own and remain standing....UNLESS I say something to him. It could be anything "good boy' or 'there ya go' or 'happy birthday'. It doesn't matter what I say or how I say it. The silence and me being calm and just continuing the grooming is what helps him to overcome his paralyzing fear. He is probably the most severe case of fearfulness I have.

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Lesleycurry
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Aug 20, 2009

Put her up on a table and find a way to attach a leash to a wall. Do NOT baby talk to her or try to soothe her in any way while she is acting nervous or scared! The best way to soothe a dog is to let them work it out on their own, soothing is a human need. It may sound kind of uncaring but this works, I'm a dog groomer and I work with alot of dogs no one else will even attempt to handle.Just gently brush her and be calm yourself while doing it. When you are finished, keep her on the table until she seems normal( not scared anymore) THEN you can give her all the praise in the world or treats or whatever she likes the most. Repeated exposure to whatever is scaring the dog, with minimal words from the human is the best way for a dog to overcome something they are fearful of. Do the brushing exercise a couple times a day, and she should be way better about it very soon. She will probably never like it, but will come to realize it is something she is expected to do and be able to tolerate it with no problem. Just remember to keep brushing until she is calm, then you can end the exercise. Let me know how it goes and let me know if you have any specific questions. Good Luck

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Jeanene
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Aug 09, 2009

the best methods to get her used to brushing are generally based on marker training. That said pick a place in the house that she doesn't normally go (assuming she is a smaller dog) having her up on a surface like a table or counter will help you with control and her with learning that there is a time/place for these things. Get all of your things together at that place. ie Your Brush, and treats put a collar and a leash on her and take her to that place. Gently run the brush over her (generally down from sholders to tail is the least trouble for a dog) One time... the One time is important at first. Tell her 'Good' or yes... (pick something to tell her) give her a treat and put her down and let her go. Do this several times a day for a day or two (until she doesn't seem to mind and starts looking for her treat after the first brush stroke then add a second. Go slowly adding brush strokes, in the begining you can treat every few brush strokes

This is the Easiest way to get a shelter dog used to being brushed.

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JerZgirl
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Aug 06, 2009

She might not be abused per se, but more like just not used to being groomed before being put in the shelter...either way, it takes lots of patience and a lot of treats. Treat her every time she lets you stroke her with the brush...she will associate grooming with treats.

Don't push her...take everything really slow. You might even resort to using Rescue Remedy on her before you attempt any grooming if she is really bad about it.

Good Luck!

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DevilDawg
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Aug 06, 2009

Just take your time and have alot of patience. Leave the brush out where she can see and smell it. Once she realizes that it won't hurt her, you'll be fine.

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S M.
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Aug 06, 2009

SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD DO IS TRY STROKING HER AFTER EACH STROKE OF THE BRUSH. IT MIGHT CALM HER DOWN AFTER A WHILE. SHE MAY OR MAY NOT CALM HER DOWN, BUT IF YOU CALMLY TALK TO HER TOO AS YOU DO IT, SHE MIGHT GET COMFORTABLE QUICKER. WHATEVER WORKS EASIER, I HOPE THAT SHE GETS CALMED DOWN.

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