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post #1 of 4 Old 07-14-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Grooming as bonding

My boy Tungsten is a ham and a lap dog, pretty much. When I groom him, and don't have him cross tied, he likes to "groom" me back. He is normally very gentle and only uses his lips. However, he sometimes tries to begin to use his teeth and I softly push his head away and he goes back to lips.

I don't want to totally discourage this behavior because I see it as good bonding time. Any other suggestions as to how I can discourage rougher "grooming" without being to harsh.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-14-2011, 10:51 PM
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Usually when Ziggy puts his head up to me I just kiss it. Sometimes he just sniffs or he'll like to follow me. So when I kiss him he usually puts his nose down but continues to follow. I just find that better then pushing him away. (Plus when I make kissy noses at him he puts his head up so I actually This happens normally around grooming time. He always wants to know what I am doing but is always so calm and collected.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-15-2011, 05:29 AM
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As long as you only push him away when he tries teeth he shouldn't be discouraged when you do push him away. Its just a limit he will come to accept and he'll know you dont mind lips, but teeth hurt you!

With Alli I will spend a good hour or so (when i have the time) just walking with her roung the yard or out on the lane, talking and sitting in her stable when she is in. Its just good quality calm time spent with her but it seems to increase our bond and makes both of us happy :)

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-15-2011, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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I do that as well. I like to hang out with him and read, whether in his stall or pasture. It gives me some nice quiet time and he loves it.
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