I have a husky/lab mix who has lab fur, but has a thick husky undercoat. He's been back with us (he is from one of our litters) for almost 4 months and was abused and I doubt was ever groomed. He let me brush him the first couple of times, but now he runs when he sees the brush. He will do ANYTHING for food, but will not come near me when I have a treat and the brush. I started using a groomers mit, (which has rubber tips on a glove) and I am able to massage him with it working up the loose hairs and brushing some of it out. So far this has worked out pretty good, though it doesn't reach deep into the undercoat as well as I'd like. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to combat this fear and make a brush a positive thing?
I have thought about carrying the brush around or having it clipped to me to help with the desensitation and giving treats, would something like this help? And where would I go from there? He still has some strong insecurities and this is the strongest reaction I have gotten about anything new I have introduced. God help me, when I have to give him a bath!
Any ideas would be great. Thanks