Combing your dog: wrestling or brushing?
Most dogs love being brushed and cared for because they will get a lot of attention from you. Also, the fur and skin look better and cleaner after combing. Some dogs do not like taking care of the fur but tolerate it. It gets worse when you have a pet that hates it and will do anything to bother you. And that can become a serious problem if it is a keffer whose fur must be cared for regularly, like the fur of an Afghan hound.
A dog who hates being brushed may have had bad experiences with it. If you notice negative reactions with your pet, go back to basics. Treat the animal as if it were the first time you were going to brush it. Do it carefully and make sure it is a positive experience.
The cause of the aversion to being brushed almost always lies in combing too hard and uncontrolled. Rushing tangles out of the fur comb causes pain. And your pet will not soon forget such experiences. Investigate how your pet reacts to a comb or brush. Does he get scared or even growl?
Ask the vet if your pet may have an allergy or is sensitive and ask if brushing may cause an unpleasant sensation. It can explain a lot. Cutting the coat and starting over again is best to regain the confidence of the animal.
Choose a brush that looks different
Buy new and softer brushes and combs that also look different. The negative associations with the old brushes are then gone. Buy different brushes that are suitable for different hair lengths. And first let your pet browse the new tool for a while, give him time for that. Don’t get started right away and give your pet time to get used to it. He will become familiar with it and notice that it is not threatening objects that will hurt him.
This also depends on the type of dog you have. You have dogs in all shapes and sizes but also personalities. You have to keep some under control while combing and with others, you can be more playful. Or keep your brush close at hand: instead of holding a compulsory brush session, spread it out over a longer period when the opportunity presents itself. It is important to remain calm yourself. Your pet effortlessly picks up your emotions and will behave accordingly. If you are frustrated yourself, your pet will at least be restless.
Reassuringly talk to your four-legged friend and he will be more prosperous. When you start combing, pet your four-legged friend first with your hand, and then immediately comb the same spot gently, so one for one. Use a light pressure that, as you work your way down through the fur, you slowly raise something. Certainly, do not rush anything because otherwise, all your hard work in terms of winning trust would have been for nothing.
Accept that, especially in the beginning, you cannot treat the entire coat of your dog. Keep the sessions short so that he can get used to the process. As soon as you notice that your four-legged friend is starting to find brushing annoying, stop and reward him.
Either way, it’s not an option to let your pet get used to combing in a short time. Realize that it will take time and that it will be a challenge to turn something that Bello hates into something fun.
To stay in dog terms: you will have a hard time.