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Get him used to being still using tiny treats. I'd be sitting on the floor with dog between my legs. Treat in one hand and stroking him with the other. Be sure to handle feet, legs, belly and head. Then use comb on legs moving up as the fur is groomed so you don't hurt him and can get down to the skin. Once he is accepting handling introduce other tools. A shedding rake maybe, a pin brush maybe. Leash him to limit his options when he decides enough is enough. Consider this training more than actual getting him pretty and keep sessions extremely short at first, maybe a couple minutes at a time. You could do many sessions daily though. 4 sessions and legs might be combed out. Next day maybe get his head pretty and so on. Then next month you'll easily get all legs neat in one session, body and head in another and month after that you'll wonder what you were fussed about.

Main thing with baths is to have coat in good condition starting out and completely rinse the shampoo out. If shampoo not rinsed skin will be irritated and itchy and you will need to give another bath again as soon as possible. Been there, done that! So brush him out, wash, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse and then let drip and squeeze water out. Brush/comb coat out several times as he dries to remove loose hair and help dry the coat. I take dogs for a walk if it's over 60*F and might play and train for the 15 minutes it takes my little guys to dry if it's too cold out mostly to keep them off the furniture. Shepherd or Cattle dog would take a lot longer to dry that way, my densely coated dog took 45 minutes in dry warm weather!
 
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