Work: early PM – heat therapy, long-for us-walk to the top of the hill/late PM – 2 grooming sessions in an attempt to deferalize.
Evaluation: Dawdled up the hill with his head down & yawned twice halfway up. Since he used to pull me up the hill, I’m counting this as a solid win.
Rodney is not headshy. He is given vile-tasting oral meds twice a day. He could not be more amenable about getting caught and having a turkey baster shoved in his mouth. Tonight I accomplished it with only a rope over his neck. Plus, when he wants to be comforted he will bury his head in my chest to let me scratch him and give him a head hug.
Then there are other times when I go to touch his face and he flings his head up in the air looking as if I were about to strike him. He particularly objects to brushes. Curry combs come a close second. Yet, it’s not objects near his head. He loves having his face scratched with a towel. Once he realizes that I have switched from waving a brush to waving a towel, he relaxes & lets me rub all over his head.
I’ve mentioned this before, more than once. My question today is what to do about it:
a) Hold the line. Calmly stick with it and eventually desensitize him.
b) Compromise. Brush one side first & then brush his head when he has relaxed.
c) Ignore it for now. Clean his head with a towel.
I vary depending on the day.
Comments, questions, concerns?