Dog brushing should be a routine grooming task for your dog. It is even more important if the dog your dog has a long coat. And while some dogs may enjoy brushing sessions, some of them really hate it, especially puppies. Often, the resentment and dislike may be resulting from a previous bad experience with brushing. Remember, you cannot do the brushing forcefully; otherwise, you will have a lifetime of trouble during grooming sessions. So, to save you the misery, here are some tips on how to handle a puppy that hates brushing.
- Check brushing equipment
First, you need to check your brushing tool. Consider using a soft brush that does not pull your dog’s coat or hurt its skin. Remember, maintaining a good experience is key to ensuring that your dog remains calm during grooming.
- Be slow and know when to stop
If your pup is new to grooming, it is essential that the brushing is gentle and slow. If the dog gets agitated, you should stop grooming and wait later. Then, you can begin performing regular brushing sessions to help ease the nervousness.
- Reward your dog
If your dog gets nervous during brushing, you need to make it accept that brushing is mandatory. Here, you can use tasty treats to reward your dog as you calmly brush its coat. Do it again and again. This way, your dog will learn that good things happen when they get brushed.
- Let brushing be fun
Avoid brushing an exhausted dog, or rather a relaxing one. The idea is to ensure that the brushing is not a source of the disturbance. So, always consider brushing your dog when he is lively. You can engage the dog in some activities, like playing the old-classic “Fetch” game as you brush and feed him each time he fetches an object.
Note: Puppies respond well to kindness than discipline. Therefore, you at all cost avoid forcing your puppy into brushing. It will only increase nervousness and behavioral problems for your dog.