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Joined: 12/31/1969
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When I try to brush my puppy, he tries to play with the brush. I don't know if this means he likes being brushed or not but I think it's best to do it when he's calm. What should I do to make my puppy adjust to being brushed daily? (He's a yorkie pom) I really appreciate it if you can help!

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

unfortunately, you just have to keep at it. He is just a puppy and will get used to it eventually, but if you don't keep it up, he will never learn. Try your best to make it a positive experience, because you can always put the brush away and try again later

Joined: 12/31/1969
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ooh ooh. a yorkie-pom. That breed most commonly will act out during attempts to brush, do give up. It's a good idea to make sure you know you're serious about brushing. I would recommend using a greyhound comb with course/medium teeth and a soft slicker brush. Since he's young now, use the comb for now until his hair gets longer. The slicker brush is best used if you part the hair and brush in sections, start from the bottom and work up by pulling sections down and making sure of getting through those tangles, then following up with the comb to be sure the tangles are clear....

Anyhow, back to being serious with the puppy. When he acts up keep the comb on him until he stops acting out, and when he stops praise him 'good boy/girl'. It'll take some time, keep working on it, they'll eventually get used to it. It also helps to bring them into the groomer every 6-8 weeks for routine hair maintenance.