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    I gave Belle a bath today but I'm having issues getting her tail pocket clean. It isn't very deep but every time I touch near it she clamps her tail down really hard. It makes it almost impossible to access. Is there a trick to get them to relax? I did get it clean by going very gently and distracting her with treats and it wasn't very dirty so I know it's not infected. I was just wondering if there was a trick to get them to stop clamping their tail down for cleanings? I don't think her previous owner ever did it...it seems foreign to her.
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    Just keep trying and be as gentle as possible. Raven has the tiniest tale and a very small pocket but when she sees me with the wipe she runs. She will eventually just give in a let me have at it if she is laying down. Tyson has the habit of sitting down to prevent me from doing it. I just pick him up and do what I have to do. I can't blame them, it does feel a bit invasive.
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    I just talk nice and calm to Frankie. When I first started doing it, I made sure I had treats for him and that helped him relax. Now he sees the witch hazel come out and he drops to the floor like jelly!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OliviaB View Post
    I gave Belle a bath today but I'm having issues getting her tail pocket clean. It isn't very deep but every time I touch near it she clamps her tail down really hard. It makes it almost impossible to access. Is there a trick to get them to relax? I did get it clean by going very gently and distracting her with treats and it wasn't very dirty so I know it's not infected. I was just wondering if there was a trick to get them to stop clamping their tail down for cleanings? I don't think her previous owner ever did it...it seems foreign to her.
    It might be TMI but...when Goob clamps his tail down and makes it difficult to clean his tail pocket in the bath tub, I just put a good amount of soap on my fingers and do what I need to do. After a couple swipes, he usually relaxes. haha...oh the things we admit to when it comes to our bullies!
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    Lol...these stories make me laugh.Wheezie takes off running when she sees me getting the Witch Hazel but Abbott loves it.I shake the bottle and tell him Let's clean your butt and he flops down.He does slam it shut like a bank vault but I get in there.

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    LOL you guys made me laugh! Poor thing...she looked so offended when I was trying to get in there I'll keep at it and hopefully with lots of positive reinforcement she won't be so tense about it. Can't say I blame her though
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    frank gets every nook and cranny violated on a daily basis. the first few times I did it he was sulking and looking at me like he was SO upset lol, but I ALWAYS make sure to have a high value treat for him when we're done with the butt cleanings. he doesn't like it, but now he stands still and tolerates it.

    I do show him the treat beforehand, and always hold the wipe in my other hand so he will associate wipes with a really tasty, good smelly treat and a good experience.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OliviaB View Post
    LOL you guys made me laugh! Poor thing...she looked so offended when I was trying to get in there I'll keep at it and hopefully with lots of positive reinforcement she won't be so tense about it. Can't say I blame her though

    LOL, I can visualize how Olivia looks at you when she feels so violated.

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    Boy I wish Petunia would relax when I clean her tail pocket. Guess I traumatized her in early days!

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