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    My pup gets all excited when the brush comes out, not because she wants to be groomed but because it's another toy to play with!

    Does anyone have any suggestions to help her learn that brush is not play time?
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
    Check out their blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com

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    I had exactly the same problem with Kaida.

    Basically I just attempted to brush her with one hand and distract her with either an actual toy or treat with the other. Gave her massive amounts of praising every time she played with/chewed the right toy and slight scolding when she attempted to chew the brush.. then replaced it with the toy and lots of praise!

    Hope this helps

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    Ooh ooh distraction training.

    What do you want the dog to do? I like mine to sit still and let me brush her. But she wants to eat the brush (I use a rubber curry comb).

    So if she tries for the brush - I stop moving it and ask for a sit. If I get a sit, she gets a treat or a pat. If she grabs the brush - I tell her "give". When she was a puppy, she'd get a treat or another toy for letting go.

    If she didn't let go, I'd push her lip on her tooth or push the brush gently towards the back of her mouth until she spat it out and then I'd praise or reward that - ideally with some other toy or treat, but sometimes I'd let her grab the brush and play tug briefly. Ie you do what I want and sometimes you will get to do what you want.

    Anyway - essentially stopping the brush moving and shoving her mouth full of some other chew toy works reasonably well and now I can brush her without needing to substitute other toys or treats.

    So focus on what you do want and reward that, and take the fun (movement and chewing) out of what you don't want.

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    Thank you so much!

    You always have great answers
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
    Check out their blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com

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