The dreaded brush - How to break in good habits early

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:48 PM
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The dreaded brush - How to break in good habits early

(sorry for the duplicate post - also in dog grooming)

Murray has extremely soft hair-like coat and is an amazing pup. Super chill when I clip his nails and generally cooperative when being bathed but he is not fond of the brush.

I usually brush him when he's in a relaxed state but he tends to growl and lunge (bite) for the brush while I am brushing him.

Assuming I am brushing him correctly which I think I am, how do I teach him to embrace getting brushed. I can tell that he likes the feeling of being brushed but the closer I get to his neck and face is when he exhibits aggressive behavior towards the brush .

Any and all input is appreciated!! The type of coat he has requires alot of attention but it's worth it!!

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Have you tried using a grooming mitt? sometimes if they will allow you to use a grooming mitt then you can get a baby/ puppy brush and start gently. you can use that method combined with tasty treats while the brush is around or use each method individually. personally for something im struggling to teach my dog then whist they are learning is the only time they get that particular treat like cheese or ham. hope this helps
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the mitt is a phenomenal suggestion! thanks
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no problems. From the picture he looks like a wool coated breed. once he is used to a brush id recomend a slicker brush and make sure the brush gets right through the coat as it will be a nightmare if it gets matted. ive had to clip a few coats because they are too matted to use brushes or scissors (especially around the ears)
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His coat is tough to articulate, it's def furry, extremely soft and hair-like. I guess wool is a good reference but his coat isn't necessarily thick, just extremely smooth and fluffy.

I wonder what happens to his coat as he becomes a mature adult?
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