Since your Shihpoo is not a puppy, and you adopted him, you don't know what bad experiences he may have had from "grooming" activities.Go slowly and patiently but firmly, persistently, and consistently. Let him smell the grooming implements to his heart's content-when he loses interest, pet him with the implement all over his body, letting him smell it if he gets curious or nervous. Gently, calmly, and quietly praising him while petting him with the implement. If it is a brush, petting him does not mean brushing. If it makes noise, pet him with it off and quiet for several minutes until he's calm and uninterested in the implement. Then repeat all of the above with it making noise--very important to let him smell/investigate this noisy, intimidating thing and associate it with calmness and affection from you. Don't start it close to him or behind him (like it's sneaking up on him, attacking from behind ,etc.) Be prepared to spend a long time with this.
Answered by Anonymous - 5/7/2012 3:17:32 PM