#23 – Grooming

Proper tools

You got to use the right brush or you might as well not bother!

It’s important to not minds groomings

#23 – Grooming We had a foster doggie before who was one of them little fluffy thingies and she HATEDS doing any groomings and woulds snap if you tried! She was all matted and uncomfortables and the humans had to spend ages doing trainings withs her, where they gaves her a treat, showed her the comb, gaves her another treat, tried a little brushings and on and on…

That doggie got all my treats just for being brusheds – not fair cause I lets them brush me for nothings! But the humans explaineds to me that it wasn’t her fault, cause no one ever traineds her to likes groomings, they just forced her to do it.

So we hads to teach her to learns it was OKs. So I didn’t minds sharing my treats so much, cause she wasn’t as lucky as me. (She was still a meanie though, she trieds to bites ME when I was sitting in my bed ignorings her!)

When the humans brushes me, they always gives me a biscuit afterwards for being a good doggie. I quite likes being brushed, so I think this is a great arrangements!

If you get a doggie that is going to needs brushings a lot, you’ve gots to get them used to it when they’re pupsters so they won’t minds it. If you starts before they’re all matteds and uncomfortables, they will likes being brushed, especially if you gives them treats for being a good doggie.

I loves the tatste of special doggie toothpaste, so I really likes tooth brushings! But you should get your pupster used to that when they’re young too.

Ear cleanings is also importants for a lot of doggies, cause they get uncomfortable smelly ears if you don’t cleans them. I never has to worry about that, cause my ears get LOTS of air! But I don’t mind getting my ears cleaned anyhows, cause the humans showed me it was OK just in case.

You should introduces your doggie to grooming slowly so they don't gets scared.

You should introduces your doggie to grooming slowly so they don’t gets scared.

If your doggie is the kind that needs to go and get groomeds, you should makes sure that they gets used to it when they’re pupsters. Makes sure too that the person groomings is good at not making them feel scared or uncomfortables. Cause you don’t want to have to force your doggie to do stuff that makes them unhappies and scareds if you don’t have to.

I don’t really likes having my nails cut, but the humans gives me biscuits for that too, so I tolerates it. But they has to give me LOTS or I’ll start to wiggle so they can’t cuts properly cause I think I deserves it.

I used to HATES having my nails cut, cause I was sure the humans was going to cut my toes off by mistakes. So we dids the clicker stuff for the nails, where they clicks me and gives me a treat for my just letting them touch my nails with the nail clipper without actually cuttings and then moving up to cuttings after a long, long while. So I don’t really hates it now, but I still don’t loves it.

Grooming (2)

Baths are no fun, but the humans always rewards me after.

The humans likes for you to be clean and smells like horrible shampoos rather than good nice smellies. So they makes you have a bath every now and agains. I don’t likes it, but you gots to puts up with stuff like that if you wants to live in the house with the humans.

I HATES having a bath, it wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the shampoo stinky – why can’t they make the shampoo in nice smellies like fox poo?!

My special towel coat to dries me off and keeps me warm after a bath.

My special towel coat to dries me off and keeps me warm after a bath.

I always tries to go off and roll in some nice soil or stuff right away after a bath to get rids of that shampoo stinkie, but the humans won’t lets me and dries me off instead. I likes the blow drier though, cause it’s nice and warm and I likes being brushed.

After my bath they humans always gives me a nice chewy or treat to rewards me for being good, so I likes that too.

Good linkies: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/grooming-your-dog http://www.clickertraining.com/node/3199

About jaspermadra

I am a rescue doggie who was saved by MADRA, a dog rescue based in Co Galway, Ireland. I was adopteds a long time ago and have a great life with my humans, so I does whatever I can to help the other doggies who aren't as lucky as me. You can find MADRA's website here: www.madra.ie
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