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Work at creating a positive association with brushing and desensitizing her to it. Some dogs have sensitive skin, so brushing could be uncomfortable, ticklish, or just a new odd sensation. Try smearing a little peanut butter on the fridge, let her lick at it while you brush gently, maybe only a couple strokes to start with. Stop brushing before she finishes the peanut butter. Try again later.
Show her the brush, feed her a treat, repeat a few times. Work up to touching her all over her body with the back of the brush and while you continue to pair it with treats. Work in short sessions. When she is comfortable with the back of the brush touching her, switch to the bristle side and start over, one stroke at a time. Continue to pair with treats.
My girl used to hate brushing, biting at the brush, wouldn't stay still, even for a couple of minutes. I worked her through it with this method, keeping it calm and low key. Now when she sees the brush, (I sit on the floor to groom her), she comes running over and lays down for it.