Pete the Pomeranian has a problem. He hates being brushed and being a small, indoor, lap dog with lots of fluffy long hair, that creates a serious issue for his owners. Whenever they pull out the brush to groom him, Pete runs and hides under the nearest piece of furniture, where his owners can't reach him. When they do nab him, he struggles and even snaps at them while they try to brush him.
Not brushing Pete is not an option; his coat requires brushing or it will become matted and create sores on his body, besides being unsightly. Pete’s owners were not his original owners, and they are unsure of his history, or why he hates brushing so much, but they need a solution regardless. Pete’s aversion to brushing might be because he had a negative experience with it, either someone frightened or hurt him while brushing, or he may just not like the sensation of being brushed.
Regardless of why your dog doesn't like brushing, it will be up to you to find a way to successfully get him brushed and “change the story” so that your dog comes to enjoy being brushed instead of hating it. There are several options for brushing small dogs that are not always available to their larger counterparts, and the ability to hold a small dog on your lap can be helpful.
While most dogs love to be brushed, some dogs seem to have developed an aversion due to negative experiences with brushing in the past.Working to acclimate your small dog to brushing equipment, pairing with rewards, and using the correct equipment and techniques to minimize discomfort will all help you to brush your brush-hating pup. With a small dog, the option to hold your dog on your lap may be beneficial, as your small dog may find this a comforting place and it allows you to incorporate brushing with petting and access your little dog easier.