Two weeks ago, touching, let alone grooming anywhere near Isis’s head was a no-no. Any attempt elicited a strong “SNAP”!
Each day I have touched her face or ears or chin fleetingly and casually during routines like lead on, lead off, removing plant bits from her hair and feeding. (Actually, I don’t think she’d notice if I permed her tail as long as she was eating. But she eats extremely quickly, so no opportunity for grooming there.)
Yesterday, when she returned home damp and bedraggled, I struck.
At first I gently brushed her back and sides with fairy-like touch, fending off nips with many a disapproving “No” and drawing away from her. Slow progress. It seemed like she’d grow a new coat before she had a new coiffure.
Thirty minutes of continuous treat feeding was an option but would not have done much for her waistline.
I offered her the yellow rubber ring which I use for distraction when she’s twirling obsessively. As long as I wiggled it, she chewed on it. There were only one or two ‘nyaffs’ and attempted nips, even when I worked on her ears, cheeks and chin.
She didn’t try to escape and I began to realise how much she likes being close to me. This and the yellow ring = a groomed dog.
She still has some dingy bits, but it’s a start.