Q. How can I prepare my Poodle mix for ear hair cleaning? He is ready to take my head off!

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A. Slow introductions to the tools you will use. You can try placing them on the floor and the instant he looks at them click with a training clicker or say "yes!" Or "good" and give treats. Eventually place items in hour hand and when he sniffs them, again immediately reward. Little by little eventually bring items toward him always treating. You want the fear to be replaced with something positive so he will learn to look forward to cleaning as that's the time he gets special treats. When it comes to being near him with the tools, that's when you should reward with hot dogs, cheese, steak, etc; basically one of the tastiest treats he rarely gets. Other options would be to get him used to a muzzle to keep everyone safe or maybe taking him to an experienced groomer.

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