Q: scared of a brush?

July 5, 2010 | By zarinah m. | 2 answers | Expired: 2003 days ago

zarinah m.

i was trying to brush sam and she ran from me. when i put the brush on the ground she barked, growled, and bit it. what does it mean?

Chosen Answer

Jul 08, 2010

My dog Skitters has never liked brushes she always growls at them and I have had her since she was a puppy. I just figure it is becuase she is a tomboy, but I have found ways to brush her and not get her upset.

1.) give her treats while brushing her so that it seems like it means a good thing every time.
2.) make sure you are using a soft brush Skitters is a rat terrier so she has short fur and I discovered that the wire brush was hurting her the length of the coat can depend on the type of brush you need to be using. So the brush might just be too tough and be hurting the dog or the cat.
3.) You could use a muzzle or take her to the groomers I don't recomend the muzzles though.
4.) Use the brush on another pet first that likes it Skitters gets jealous when I use it on the cats and will beg to be brushed when I brush the cats so I will stop brushing the cats and brush Skitters and then she won't growl cause she is getting attention and the cats are no longer getting any of my attention.

Hope this helps!

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Readers' Answers (1)

Jul 06, 2010

some animals are afraid of brushes. mainly, i don't think they're comfortable w/a foreign object coming at them. there are two ways to deal w/this. one would be to use a brush easily concealed in your hand or one those brushes that's actually a glove w/bristles {which i love}. the second would be to slowly desensitize your dog to the brush. to do this, you'll need a bag of tasty but low-fat treats {chicken is always good}. w/o brushing your dog, loosely hold the brush out for her to sniff it. when she touches it w/her nose you say "good girl" as you hand her a treat. pull the brush back while you treat her. then repeat and repeat several times. now the brush is starting to be a source of something that makes her happy, but you have to gradually build to being able to brush her. try resting the brush on her paw while giving her a treat. do that a few times then try just touching it, w/o brushing, to her shoulder. repeat a few more times before working in a slow, soft brush stroke of about two inches. treat her while you're doing it every single time while calmly but nicely telling her she's a good girl. very slowly work up to a full brush. if at any time she seems upset, go back to the last step she was comfortable with. this could take several days w/a lot of work, but she'll adjust if you go at her pace.

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