Codys Mom---I saw that pic of Cody you posted. What a love. It seems like he is well brushed. I have a Yorkie/Poodle Mix and his hair looks similar to Cody's. It is a bit curly so it tangles easy and the tangles turn to mats if they aren't brushed out....Yes, he HATES being brushed....any suggestions on how I can make him "like" or at least tolerate it? He looks like Cody ONLY after he goes to the groomers, I never get him to look like that =]
***Edited By: mommamia on 1/15/2006 1:13:21 AM*** Reason: Sp.
Thank you. How old is your pup? I started brushing all my dogs right after we brought them home. At first I would sit on the floor with them and just handle them all over, play with their feet, stroke their ears and fuss with their tails and just rub them all over. I would do this for very short periods at first and if the dog showed signs of getting tired of it I would quick. After a few days of this I would do the same only have the brush in my hand and I would allow them to explore the brush and maybe that first day I would just brush their paw(s) but I would take my clue from the dog any signs of being upset I would reassure them it is ok but I would stop and try again the next day. Every couple of days I would add a section of the pups body until I was able to brush him for about 20 mins. Also when you are brushing out a mat you must be gentle, I start at the top and brush a little holding the bottom section in my other hand and I work my way thru that section of hair till I get to the body, don't just start at the body and pull the brush thru the mat that will hurt the pup and make him not want to be brushed. If your dog likes to chew on bones or a toy you can always give him one to work on while you are doing all this. Do you keep your pup with long hair or short. We keep Cody's a medium length. I know when his gets a little too long his hair will mat quickly. I have never had him real short so I can not say what happens then. We do get him groomed every 5-6 weeks. I don't do nails, I tried that once with another of my dogs and I didn't feel comfortable doing that and the dogs sense that. Good luck and I hope this helped you, it is a slow process but so worth the time and effort.
Thank you for that insight. Mia (yes he is a boy despite the name!) is a little less then a year old (about 11 months) I have brushed him since we took him home from the breeder, since he was sooo tiny, I just brushed his whole body from the start with a soft brush. He didn't seem to mind then, but now he really does not like it. If I give him a treat he forgets about me brushing him and it ok with it, but when he is done with the treat, Mia is DONE with being brushed! I think I will start over and do a tiny bit each day. I don't do the toenails either. Bad experience the first time where I cut one of our other dogs too close to the quick and drew blood. I felt awful. So the groomer does it now and she says he HATES it... Guess it's not just me =) Thanks again for the info, it is very helpful! =]