Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Favorite Grooming Tool

stylized photo of a heart-shaped cookie in my hands

A high-tech gadget?  Nope.  For Alfie's basic grooming, all you really need is a good comb and 2 of my secret weapon:  yummy (I guess, haven't really tried them!) organic dog cookies.  They're big enough that he can crunch on one for quite a while as I'm combing...then I show him the 2nd one, and he knows he can't get it 'til I finish. 

Alfie doesn't really like being restrained for grooming...he used to put up a fuss and make this noise that sounded exactly like a Tasmanian devil straight from a National Geographic nature documentary.  Yikes!  I think persistence is paying off though, and he does enjoy cuddling on my lap...that, and the cookies!

Alfie snuggles in my lap as I comb him

5 comments:

Katrin said...

Cool effects on the 1st photo! I have found that sticking puppies up on a high table (I use a grooming table) helps me a lot for keeping them still and learning to tolerate grooming appropriately. That and LOTS of cookies as you have found! (usually I smear some peanut butter on the table or wall for them to lick off while I work on them)

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

All photo credit goes to my oldest, Charissa -- I'd never have anything fun to blog about without her pictures! I thought that effect was fun too... :-)

Thanks for sharing your tips!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

I always have to catch Cabana when she's super sleepy for grooming. Not so much for brushing, but for nail trimming--she doesn't like that one bit! I might have to try your cookie trick for her next pedicure.

Sierra Rose said...

Great tip!!! We haven't done too much full grooming...but need to get that rolling!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Love that first picture, and Alfie, you sure are cute!!