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5 Simple Ways to Groom a Dog that Hates Being Brushed

Dog Hates Being Brushed

Have a dog that goes berserk as soon as he sees a grooming brush? Here are some tips for single dog owners who are struggling to brush their dog or puppy.

1. Use a Pet Grooming Glove
Some dogs may have a fear of brushes due to a number of reasons, such as previously having a painful or uncomfortable brushing experience. One way to potentially get around this is to use a grooming glove instead. These gloves work decent for medium haired-dogs.

Grooming gloves, such as the DELOMO glove, are a win-win scenario because they give you an opportunity to “pet” your dog while their coat is being de-shedded. It’s also very easy to clear away the clump of dead hair once you are done massaging the dog’s coat.

2. Find the Right Grooming Brush
Not all dog brushes are the same. Your dog may hate being brushed due to the discomfort and pain your current brush creates. A dog brush should be picked based on the shape and size of the brush, and the type of coat your dog has. There are four general types.

Dog Coat & Brush Combo

Here are the most common types of dog grooming brushes you will come across in the pet store. Each type of brush can serve a unique grooming purpose.

3. Brush the Dog after a Long Walk
In some cases, the best opportunity to groom an uncooperative dog is after a long walk or a heavy playing session. The dogs, especially if they are puppies, won’t have as big of an urge to “attack” and play with the brush. Start brushing when they look like they are about to fall asleep.

Frozen Kong Peanut Butter Treat

4. Make Brushing a Positive Experience
This is a gradual process but works well for dogs that appear to have a fear of grooming brushes. The goal is to associate the brush with a positive experience by offering treats while they are being brushed. At a high-level, here is a step-by-step process of introducing a brush to the dog.

5. Treat Distraction Method
Similar to method #4 except you are distracting the dog by offering them a treat to lick while he is being brushed. You could offer something as simple as a peanut butter-coated spoon, or you could fill up a Kong toy with treats and let your dog have at it while he is being brushed.

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is the owner of an awesome toy poodle. John started MyPetChild.com to share his experience and knowledge of being a single pet owner.