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Grooming problems

March 28th, 2007, 10:19 AM
I havea 3 year old male shipoo who absolutely hates being groomed. He bites the groomers every time, and he bites us if we try to do it at home. He doesn't even like to be brushed, although he has learned to tolerate it for short periods of time. He is otherwise a very well behaved dog. Any suggestions to teach him not to bite during grooming?

March 29th, 2007, 09:40 PM
Put him up on a table with leash attached to something higher so he is restrained, brush him (gently) for 1 min. the first day, ignoring bad behaviour, give him a tiny treat and lots of praise and let him down, continue this on a daily basis at approx. the same time and extend the amount of time until he's tolerating a full 20 - 30 min. of overall brushing and combing. Handle his feet, face and any other parts he's not fond of having touched. Don't make eye contact and ignore his fussing, don't talk (ignore him) and continue the session. In time (most dogs take a month) and with a treat at the end of his grooming he will start to cooperate and look forward to the experience. When he discovers his dominance/biting aren't making you give up or causing a reaction then he'll eventually settle down.