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    So Koda has always been really good with brushing.. he will put up with all the pulling and tugging... and is happy for me to deal with matts IF there are any.
    But he Wont let me brush his tail or his pants! Its really frustrating, when i try to brush his tail he just spins his bum away from me... so i will turn him around again... so he spins around again... and so on..
    He is more tolerant with his pants, he will let me brush them out sometimes... but he really hates it!
    my latest tactic to solve this is to hold a treat in one hand and let him try to get it out of my hand while i use my other hand to brush his tail/pants.
    Anyone got any tips for me... lol, or anyone have the same problem with their dog?

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    well, theres plenty of answers i could give.
    but best option is to look at situation and think to yourself,
    what is he trying to tell me.

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    Mojo wont let me brush him at all. He HATES the brush. No matter how softly i do it. I'm hoping for some good tips too !!


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    My Cavies love a brush, but all hate me touching/brushing there tails.

    I know mine are smaller than yours but what I do is kinda hugs em to me around the waist towards the back and lift there back feet of the ground (like a bear hug, kinda). They cant spin if their back legs are off the ground and you are holding them around the waist. Your bigger dogs you may still be able to do this or even just lift enough to stop the traction and spinning...good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    My Cavies love a brush, but all hate me touching/brushing there tails.

    I know mine are smaller than yours but what I do is kinda hugs em to me around the waist towards the back and lift there back feet of the ground (like a bear hug, kinda). They cant spin if their back legs are off the ground and you are holding them around the waist. Your bigger dogs you may still be able to do this or even just lift enough to stop the traction and spinning...good luck!
    that is a really good tactic for small dogs... but koda is much too strong for me to hold him still by myself!
    oh and thought i would mention that its not the brush he doesnt like... he generally wont let me touch his tail at all... he hates it!

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    well you could always tell him to let you brush it or you might chop it off like most breeders did in the old days ha

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    My male Border Collie Oscar hates his back end being touched because of hip dysplasia but both him and my young female BC have learnt to love being de-ticked, brushed and trimmed by me turning it into a real one on on patting/grooming session. I just have to pick up the cup of water I use for tick disposal and they will run to their designated patting spot and drop ready for me to start patting, touching with lots of praise thrown in. So brushing is done with me sitting on a railway sleeper in the garden and them lying down and I get to the tail and pants while they are lying on their back. I clip their pants to make it easier and more comfy in the tropics. Naturally I get covered in hair with this technique but they love that too! For the tail I use an old bristle hair brush and it does a good job without pulling the hair too much.

    I start with checking and brushing the ears and head while they are lying down, then the neck, side and front paws, roll them over and do the tummy then gently spin them around on their back and start on that end. For some reason they love the spin around, even Oscar, by that stage I have hold of his back legs (usual no go zone) and he's got his happy face on. Lots of laughs, pats and jokes. I know it's not the standard way to brush the good dog standing proudly while you groom, and no doubt it looks a bit ridiculous, but we all enjoy it......

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    My GSD doesnt like having his tail brushed either. He'll spin given half the chance too. I do this:
    stroke his withers slowly, and brush tail at same time, if he acts like plonker, i growl at him to pack it in. and he does. But he tries it on every time.
    If any other member of the family brush him, or attempt to, he wont stand for them at all.

    And once ive finished getting his tail and trousers all lovely and flufty, he gets in the lake - bastard dog!

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    As you can figure it is really a big deal to be able to groom newfies.....Initially we use two people.

    One at the head and sometimes this person also places a hand/arm under the dog. We have plenty of rewards and sometimes to start with the newfie Rescues only very short grooming sessions. Also teach "stand". "stand" is a high reward

    We use a table..it is large, we have a set of very good steps to get onto it. Our border cross and Annabelle just jump onto it. This Table is for happy grooming sessions with lots of treats initially and a few when they have learned. I also teach my dogs to "turn" or "back"....Most of this is done like I said initially with two people and also I use the clicker.

    Also using a detangler spray makes it quicker...And really bad mats on new Rescues we cut out, because pulling is too painful.

    I don't think I could ever start a new dog by myself. But now we have to put the dogs away when we start grooming, because they all want to be on the table to be groomed
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    Frosty loves butt rubs. So I incorporate this into brushing. And I use a rubber curry comb from an equestrian shop. It is the only brush my horse liked - cos it feels a lot like fingers I suspect. And it's much easier to brush a happy horse than an upset one. Same with dogs I expect.

    Lots of treats help. Lots of really yummy treats that only come out when there is brushing to be done.

    And I agree with newfsie about the detangle spray. I used to have long hair and if someone came at me with a stiff bristle brush or metal tooth comb and started pulling through the knots, I wouldn't be happy either.

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