Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Jean, what you can do is slowly desensitize the dog to the brush. Firstly, start the new regime in a place you dont normally brush her, a change of location often works wonders. Instead of using any of the brushes you currently have, start off with one of the glove types that ytou can get at pet shops. Have a bunch of really nice treats in your pocket. Sit quietly with her (calm yourself first), touch her gently with the glove brush and treat, touch again and treat and so on. You will do this in stages, gradually brushing a bit more every time and always offering nice treats. The association is now that brushing brings nice treats and changes her perception. It is important that she only get the treats when being brushed, otherwise stop them. this is the long way around tho'! If you have somebody that does TTouch come in, she will probably be sorted out by the end of the session! The person working on the dog may well bring in the above desensitizing as well as the TTouch. Have a look at their website and find somebody near you - it really does make a huge difference. Good luck, thanks Scotty
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