Your dog probably does not care if he has a grubby, messy face, but you do. Because the facial area can be delicate, pulling hair around the mouth, eyes, and ears will cause your dog discomfort, so brushing these areas will have to be done gently and carefully, to avoid discomfort for your dog. Holding your dog's face securely and supporting hair by holding it between your grooming tool and the skin will help reduce friction, making face brushing much more pleasant for your dog. Be sure to stop and take a break if face brushing gets to be too much for your pup. Give it a rest and come back later to finish the job.
I have a long haired puppy and she keeps getting plants/dirt caught in her under eye fur. She wont let me touch it and keeps biting tge brush or avoiding it trying to run away from me. She also wont let me touch her legs. Shes long haired so brushing is a huge must obviously but i cant find a way to make it easy for her. Ive tried treats, breaks and letting her sniff the brush etc. Is there something i can do to help her?
Hello, I would start off with mini-grooming sessions. Just do one leg, the next day do another. Don't worry about the whole process on the same day. Make sure that she is well exercised before you start any brushing or cleaning attempts. A tired dog is sometimes a more willing one! Have you tried Pip in the bath? Using a detangler may be a good way to loosen up the knots to make brushing the legs easier. You can also check at the pet supply store for a leave-in conditioner, which could make daily brushing less stressful since the brush will glide through. As for around the eyes, this can be a tricky one - you have to be extra careful if she is squirmy and uncooperative. Try a wet cloth or pet wipe - she may take to that better than the brush near the eyes. You can try taking her to the groomer occasionally to get the tough to manage areas taken care of so they are easier to manage at home. (A grooming session should be after a long walk, too.) I think she is uncooperative as opposed to anxious but there are great tips here: https://wagwalking.com/grooming/groom-a-dog-with-anxiety. Good luck!
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