Tobie and getting brushed…

I haven’t had a lot of luck with dogs wanting to be brushed. The sole exception around here was Magnus, who loved it so much that he really thought it should be a privilege reserved for him alone. He’d happily prolong a session for hours if possible, and got upset when I brushed the other dogs. Fritz and Little Bear tolerated brushing under protest. Ghost and Torso Boy considered it grounds for divorce – and believe me when I say a Corgi sheds far above its weight class, so that didn’t work out well for me.

So I wasn’t too pleased with Tobie when he announced…


…that he was downright traumatized by the mere sight of a brush. Boy’s shaping up to be a real shedder, and this just wasn’t going to work. So I rummaged around in some old dog stuff and found some brush mitts. I think these came here with Torso Boy, who hated them as well. But Tobie,…


…who hates being brushed but loves being petted, quickly decided it was a more than acceptable compromise. Felt kinda good, apparently, and now he gives me no trouble about it at all.

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5 Responses to Tobie and getting brushed…

  1. Matt says:

    I liked the Furminator for my big black guy when he was alive. Don’t have a link here, but it looks like a big safety razor. Don’t know how your dog would feel about it, though.

  2. Joel says:

    I got one of those things when I was trying to manage LB’s undercoat. It’s sitting right here but I’ve been a little afraid to approach Tobie with it lest he suffer emotional trauma or something.

  3. Terrapod says:

    My little terrier requires brushing daily and luckily absolutely loves the wire brush thing. I get a handful of uindercoat daily from top, sides and rear. Problem is her underside mats into knots, those are not fun to deal with. May have to resort to the blade device but if it looks too menacing she hides. Will look into this furminator thing too. Might have one in the bucket of tools just like Joel has.

  4. Mike says:

    It looks like there’s enough hair in that mitt to weave a new dog. 🙂

  5. OK, generalizing from my experience with cats. But try the brush with the fewest bristles you can find. We have one that has little wires with balls on the end to avoid pain. The cats will fight to get brushed.

To the stake with the heretic!