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Old 11-30-2013, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Laci, who is 15 week olds, is completely refusing to cooperate when I try to put in a ponytail. The few times I have been successful at getting one in, she doesn't mind once it's there. I used a small rubber ponytail holder. It seems the more I try to put one in, the worse she behaves. She has yelped a couple of times and now I am afraid she is associating a ponytail as a bad thing. Do you think I should give it a rest for a while or maybe approach this in a different way? I usually just sit her on my lap like I would when I clean her eyes or brush her. She has no problem with that. Please help!!!
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm no expert at grooming but she's really young and I wouldn't expect her to be totally still, she probably has a short attention span. I'd break up your sessions, brush then give her a play break. Or play for a while, then do the grooming. Or do this when she's sleepy. I suspect it might be too tight, or you are pulling her hair. There could be a video or tips in the grooming section (look for a 'sticky' on the topic).
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Try sitting her on a counter when you put it in, all the while telling her good girl and talking sweetly to her. After it's in, give a treat. That's how I did Leila and she finally got the idea it was ok. It really didn't take that long, but felt like it at the time. Yes, during sleepy times, it was easier.


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If she tolerates a topknot once it is in that is wonderful! That's usually the biggest battle.

What size and type bands are you using? If they are too big and you have to twist the band over and over it probably hurts her. You should only have to twist a band once. A 1/4" grooming band is a good size for a puppy her age.

I agree with Leila's Mommy. If you don't have a grooming table, a folded towel on the counter or washing machine will work. She will behave better if she is not on your lap. I also used Cheerios as rewards while I was training Bailey to be good about grooming.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good suggestions above.

I want to add that it is all about practice right now... I didn't get a "good" topknot in Grace until she was around 6 months.

But every morning we did the routine. Now she will lay still for it....
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I don't know if my reply is necessary as others have already said it well. She is young. She needs to learn. Patience is key. I usually set and reset them on the table. The difference in my puppies to my adults for this is truly amazing. My adult dogs know the routine. She needs to learn it as a routine. Definitely use a table and as Marj said, use good grooming bands (not the junk the sell in the stores for kids as those are not the right weight, size).
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hello, I just wanted to say that I have the same problem. I don´t know where to find these grooming bands ? Any links to shops would be very helpful (that ship to Europe).
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Fee, I buy bows from Divine Bows by Dana (among other wonderful bow makers) and she sells Lainee bands (these are the ones I buy most). She is in Europe: Divine bows by Dana, Mašličky pro psy, výstavní mašličky
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That's perfect! Thank you so much
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