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Do you use a slicker or pin brush? I personally hate slickers (and so do the dogs) they love the pin brush. But they love to be brushed, actually push each other out of the way to be first. It wasn't always like that.... Darby was a holy terror for his first year. I would have to wrestle and sit on him in the beginning. He didn't hate it so much as he just could not hold still, he thought it was a game and refused to sit for 1 minute. After we got Kirby and she would sit, lay and enjoy it and beg for more he started to come around. Even then it had to be short sessions. Now he readily comes running....

I think she is now feeling your emotions and frustrations before you even start (you know it will be an ordeal and your projecting) they read us. She is reacting to your tension.

I would back pedal, in the evening sit on the floor with the brush near you, play a little and get her to roll over for a belly rub or scratch. Run your fingers through her fur, massage her back and then when you both are relaxed pick up the brush just lightly brush her and just a little bit, keep it short. If she starts to get worried or you start to tense up, drop the brush and go back to the massaging and petting. Do not try to brush again this time. Try again the next evening. Slowly build up both your confidence and hers and turn grooming into a "love the dog" session.

This worked wonders on Darby and I began this way with Kirby, now when I sit on the floor they run over and flop down on me for their "love the dog" session.

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Muddypaws outlined how we did it too. Coop has always loved being brushed so at night when I pull out the pin brush he runs over to be brushed. Kye would stand for a short bit, then wiggle, move, hard to get her fully brushed. In the last month I think she wants the attention and will now move between Coop and I so she can get her brushing too. We started slow, at night with massage and light tummy brushing, now Kye will let us brush her all over, but her tail (still a trick to get this brushed well). Thankfully Coop just stands and semi sleeps the whole time. I like this "down" time, brushing is relaxing for all of us.

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Thanks guys. We have the furminator which we use once a week but I have a wire bristle brush that I try to use every other day. She hates it...she runs away and hides at the first sign of it. I took one of my old paddle brushes for my hair which is soft and not prickly on her at all. She didn't mind that as much. I think we will implement some of the strategies listed here and see what happens...thanks everyone!

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Tucker's a little stinker for brushings, too, and he's 9 1/2 months old. I put a treat in his treat ball, and he will spend the brushing time either chewing on his treat ball or me. And I wouldn't dare try to do it at all unless he's tired! I'm usually able to get the task done in about five minutes. I'd like to say it's getting better, but I think it's just me hoping/imagining!
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To Koda's mom - has she gone through that huge shed cycle yet? I am dreading that with Tucker!
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Mine havent gone through the major shed yet either, so we practice brushing every night and get a bit of hair every time. Looking at their coats I can see we will need to probably vacumn every day or more. Really not looking forwards to this first shed and with my luck they will both do it at the same time! Hopefully it will be early spring and the birds can use it for nesting, cause I am sure we will have enough hair to "make" a nest the size of the tree!

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She is shedding a lot right now but it is manageable as she doesn't have a lot of long feathers yet. She is still semi short coated. Her butt feathers and tail are long and she is starting to get longer hair on her legs but her stomach doesn't have the long flowy hair yet!

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