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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

In Need Of Brushing Tips

by Mike
(Jacksonville, AR)

I have a Mini Aussie, Roscoe, who will be a year old in just a couple days. Every time I grab his brush he wants to bite it. If I leave the brush where he can see it he'll try to grab it and chew on it. Any tips to stop him from doing that?

Also when I can keep him calm enough and not attack the brush he'll stay on his back. If I try to flip him over to brush his back, he'll just roll over onto his back. I've tried to reward him with treats when he sits but he will not stay sitting. The hair on his back isn't horrible but it is standing all over the place. He does have an appointment with a groomer but it's not till May 31.

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brushing tip I use
by: carol

My 7 month old does that too, but with a hand full of yummy treats, I can get a quick brush in. Hopefully your pup will respond to yummy treats as they can not bite at the brush while eating.

Peanut butter distraction
by: MaryH

My Aussie did the same thing when he was young. I distracted him with really yummy treats that take him awhile to chew on. Peanut butter in a Kong seemed to do the trick for me. Try hanging a treat from the door knob to make him stand and get it and that way he can't roll over on his back. Hope these tips help. Good Luck!

Brushing pups
by: Anonymous

My Aussie is two now and just beginning to accept the brushing, he did exactly what yours does. I found that i can put a bit of peanut butter in a small jar that is tall enough his tongue can't quite reach the bottom, and he will ignore brushing, nail clipping etc while focussing on that. It does get better, these guys are slow to mature.

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