Location: Dogsey and Worcestershire
Joined: May 2004
puppies should be introduced to grooming tools when they are very tiny as part of the socialisation process , (you just pretend to use the tools on a puppy then treat/praise).
If a dog has not been sensitised to tools it can be a big problem and may take ages to correct .
Start by getting a soft baby brush that will not pull the coat, put it and the brushes/combs on the floor in normal surroundings,don't make a fuss about them or watch her so she gets used to seeing them around and learns they ain't a threat, give her lots of praise and a special treat (a bit of meat or cheese) if she sniffs them .
After a few days of leaving the tools around , if she is not too scared
adopting a bright voice and attitude stroke her then pretend to use the soft brush, do nothing to her so she learns it will not harm her then more praise/treat . Progress slowly
to gentle brushing ,then the comb.
If she is really scared don't force her, go at her pace
and backtrack if she is scared at any stage, don't sympathise always use a bright matter- of- fact voice .
Once a dog has accepted tools it can help to show it a special treat ,then put the treat and put it where it can be seen so the dog has something to focus on. When you have finished give the threat and lots of praise. My dog knows there will be a piece of cheese on the shelf near the table I use to groom her, she knows it is hers when we finish and she waits eagerly to be groomed