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Old 06-15-2017, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hi, new member w/ Sadie 11 weeks old

this is the 2nd post, didn't see the 1st one come up. I'm looking for advice on how to train my baby to sit still and put her head on the pillow so I can comb her hair and put a little bow on her head. Whenever I try to do this she bites on the comb, bites my hands and wiggles away, I've given her treats but its not working, any advice for me?
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Puppies take a whole heck of a lot of patience and repetitiveness. For her grooming, just keep trying to do it how you want, eventually she'll get the idea. It took almost a year before Abbey "got it" and just let me put a top knot in. I usually held her on my lap, facing away from me, for that.

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Old 06-16-2017, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Like Pat said it takes awhile but if you are consistent it will get better. My Laurel was horrible as a puppy to get groomed.Now she's the first in line to get her hair combed and her bath.She gets so excited when I ask …"who wants to look pretty?"
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:39 PM   #4 (permalink)

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Gail I agree with the ladies here! My girl is 20 weeks old now and it took a lot of patience, daily grooming and praise accompanied by treats to get her to be good with it. I started a thread here about a month ago asking for helpful hints and they worked for us. We started out with treats during grooming, she got one every time she would behave and a ton of praise the entire time we worked. I slowly tapered back off of the treats with each grooming. Now she only gets a treat afterwards. She will sit nicely and even lay down now for her bow to be put in. I still praise her every step of the way and groom her daily. I tell her what a pretty girl she is and ask for her paw to brush or comb her leg and she has learned to give it to me. It takes time but it works. She goes straight into the kitchen and sits on the rug waiting for her treat when we are done. It has amazed me how fast she picked it all up once I learned how to work with her. I am sure you will do wonderfully! Hang in there and don't be afraid to ask for help and suggestions here, so many very nice people here have helped me out. Post some pictures please would love to see your new baby fluff!
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Try when she is very sleepy ?
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Old 06-17-2017, 07:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Checking out the comb is natural puppy behavior. Give her time to do that before you try to comb her. And don't try to make her lay her head on the pillow right off the bat if that's not what she wants to do. Get her used to the comb and to being combed before you coax her into that position.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you everyone for all of your good advices, I will definitely keep on being patient, full of praises, and try to be the best mommy to Sadie.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome to the group! My Madison is 9 years old and I can't say that she 'enjoys' getting her hair brushed now, but she does tolerate and humor me enough to get it done!
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just be patience, it will take a while
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Mine does the same thing. I started clicker training where we put the comb near him and click when he doesn't bite. We also brush him at night when he is very sleepy so he doesn't react as much.
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