My solution for Corgi who hates being combed

Murray HATES being combed and sheds the most of any Corgi we've had.  Even with lots of treats and threats it was a chore that I didn't do nearly often enough ( if there is such a thing with a Corgi ).  About a month ago a light bulb went off. I started with a relatively well groomed Corgi and now keep his comb on the counter right by where I feed him. Before each meal I run the comb through him for maybe 30-60 seconds and then give him his food.  He quickly figured out that he has to hold still for that long if he wants his dinner and the amount of hair I get with each meal is less and less. It's not an earthshaking idea and just another version of NILIF, but it's amazing how much easier it's become to keep my house clean...and no more grooming battles! 

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Comment by Vicky Hay on February 22, 2014 at 7:35pm

Now that is a certifiable stroke of genius!

Cassie isn't crazy about grooming but puts up with it. She seems to be happy to get the loose hair combed out, once the process is over.

Now she needs a bath!! Don't like to wash her when the weather's cold, because it takes so long for her thick, luxurious coat to dry. Today it was fairly warm -- about 73 now -- but some overcast is floating in. If it's warm tomorrow, it may be time for The Royal Bath.

Comment by Judith Andre on February 20, 2014 at 12:24am

Wally may not have reached his full shedding potential yet.  My last Corgi, Zac had a "glamor coat" and didn't shed very badly at all....also didn't mind so much being combed.  Murray's coat is not as plush and sheds a ridiculous amount.  My new plan has helped so much. I just looked back at my post and it kind of reads like I'm seasoning my own meals with dog hair!  Not far from the truth...

Comment by Bev Levy on February 19, 2014 at 8:27pm

What a great idea!

Comment by John Wolff on February 19, 2014 at 2:40pm

I have to restrain Gwynnie by holding a rear leg.  She does not like combing.

For Al, it is a massage, and he soon falls into a trance.

Keep the fur you comb out in big dry-cleaner bags.  Eventually, you'll be able to insulate your attic with it.

Comment by Denis J. on February 19, 2014 at 12:15pm

Good advise.   I'll try it with Wally as he doesn't like it as well but he's a quick learner.    Lately I've been giving his food in a ball he can roll around the house.   Before I drop the ball he would jump and bark at me but since last week he's learned to sit on command before getting his meal.

He's 16 months and doesn't shed much.    He likes to roll in the snow and spend a fair amouot of time with me outside on walks and play.   Not sure if that's the reason or I should expect heavy shedding this spring time.   

So far my expectation of the amount of shedding has not been met and it's been pretty low maintenance.

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