Some dogs can become very resistant and aggressive when it comes to brushing time, making purrenting a challenging task. If you’re not careful, you might end up with a bite of even a scratch.
However, brushing is part of their day to day grooming, and you must do it come rain come sunshine.
So, how do you brush your furry friend without experiencing the frustrations that make you feel like the worst purrent? This article shows you some essential tips to brush your furry friend.
Create a distraction
For dogs that hate getting brushed, it’s normal to see them portraying those fearful or anxious behaviors whenever you take out a brush. Some of these behaviors can bad experiences they had with the previous brushing.
Allow them to get used to the brush before you embark on the work. Instead of running the brush through their fur, put it against them to allow them to get used to the feel of the brush. While doing this, distract them with food or some unusual treat.
They will pay more attention to the food and forget about the brush for some time. With time, they will start associating the sight of a brush with some sweet treats and eventually start appreciating the brushing time.
Prepare the coat
If you have a pooch with long or matted hair, brushing can be a daunting task even when they are calm. Imagining the feeling you get when combing tangled hair? That’s how it feels in this scenario.
So it is good to prepare the coat before brushing to make the process easier. You can put a pet head shampoo as a hair conditioner to your dog.
Spritz the fur while rubbing then start brushing while the fur is still moist. Your furry friend may even fall for the pleasant smell of the dry shampoo, making it comfortable to brush them.
You should know when to start and stop brushing your pup. Take things a bit slow, especially if they are still new to brushing. Stop whenever they feel uncomfortable or agitated.
When they calm down, proceed with the brushing as you encourage them. Create a routine that can help them overcome the fear of brushing by either brushing them before they take breakfast or before you go out for a walk in the morning.
Brush them after an exercise
The best time to brush the stubborn dog is after they are from a long walk or any other strenuous exercise. Dogs are always cooperative because of exhaustion.
They will not attack or bite whenever they see a brush coming on their way because they’re too tired. Most of them get sleepy, making it easy to brush them.
Don’t force it
Make sure you don’t force your dog to brush when they don’t feel like it. Whenever they resist the brush, you don’t have to scold or use physical force.
Instead, respond to them with a kind and positive attitude. Show them the positive side brushing by teaching them how to tolerate the brushing process.
Don’t let them build some hatred for the brush further. If they associate well with a brush, don’t hesitate to reward them.
Start with the favorite spots
There are those places in your friend’s body where they feel comfortable and nice when brushed. There are also those body parts that make them feel agitated and restless when brushed. You need to identify those areas.
Start brushing places they feel comfortable with as you move to the problematic areas. Offer your friend treats as you do it whenever they get uncomfortable, soothe, and encourage them.
Go slow on the sensitive areas, so they don’t get too agitated and end up running away.
Your choice of a brush matters
Have the right brush according to your dog breed. Brushes come in different shapes and sizes appropriate for different needs.
The brush types include slicker brush which has tightly fine packed bristles that are good at removing dead hair hence releasing tough tangles.
There is a pin brush that protects and prevents scratches from reaching the skin. Another brush type is the bristle brush which is very gentle at removing the shedding hair and also ensuring the dog’s fur is smooth.
Lastly, there is an undercoat rake that prevents matting and also removes the loose undercoating. Choose the best suitable brush on your furry friend. You can ask a vet or a pet groomer for assistance.
Make the brushing fun
If you want your furry friend to start enjoying the brushing time, you should associate the brush with good things like placing a treat around or on top of the brush. Observe the reaction of your pup while doing so.
You can even feed them, thereby placing their food next to the brush. They will eventually get used to the brush, making it much comfortable to brush them.
Reward your friend with a treat whenever they show a positive attitude towards brushing. Don’t direct a brush towards but allow them to approach the brush by themselves. Very soon, your pooch will start appreciating the brushing time, and you won’t have a difficult time anymore.
Practice makes perfect
Always do the small steps daily on your dog. In the long run, they will get used to brushing because they also have to learn slowly.
As they get used to the brush, you can as well increase the duration of the brushing sessions. Always remain positive and consistent during the training period.
It will not take a very long time for a resisting dog to get used to brushing. They will have to give in at last.
Brushing your dog keeps them clean and free from some infection, and so it should be done daily and comfortably. It is fun and easy to brush a dog that keeps time throughout the whole process.
However, you have to train them to get used to the whole procedure. Make brushing time a bonding time by making your furry friend love it.