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Old 11-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by kielbasavw View Post
I use a dremmel on stella, at first i just let her sniff it and when she does i gave her a treat, after a while i turn it on a low speed, she got curious and came up to it and give her cookies. Then i go up in speed, same thing.... then i put her in my lap and touch a nail with dremmel. And give her treat. Now I'm at the point where all i gotta do is give her a treat after a few nails. In a bit ill work on a treat per foot and work my way up to nothing eventually or atleast one after its all done.
This is the same method I used to introduce Jack to the dremmel, combined with a bit of tough love and perseverence when he tried to throw a fit about it. He can be really dramatic when he wants to so it took us time to get to the Saturday morning routine we have now. I put his bed just right so he can see the tv, find a movie for us to watch, make a tea, put the bag of treats out where he can see them, and start dremmeling. It only takes me about 20 minutes and we take lots of treat and tea breaks. And he really watches the movie. I keeps his attention while I do the nails. I have never used clippers so I'm not sure how to work with a pup that is scared of them.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We use a regular dremmel. Jasper's not a huge fan, but he sits for us and lets us do his nails without any grief, really. He gets a treat right after we're done. When we first got Lexi, I had her sniff the dremmel and hear it (to get used to it) and she was fine, but the moment I touched her paw (even with the dremmel off), she cried bloody murder. So, for Lexi, my husband gets a large spoonful of peanut butter, sticks it right up to her mouth and then I do her nails as quickly as I can (before the peanut butter runs out). So far it works...hopefully over time she'll relax more - I think she already has.

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I am very lucky, Nikki lets me play with her feet and doesn't care. My pug Hailey pulls away and causes a scene. So.. they both go to pet smart and get them done with a dremmel, it's $13 each. Nikki's only 9 months so I really hope she never changes.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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5 bucks at the local pet store. Done. LOL Used to take Mya to the vet and 5 nurses would literally have to hold her down for a nail trim.

Over time, shes gotten used to it and now lets a single person do it.

I still cant manage to.

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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We haven't really had to trim Duke's nails yet. I guess that all the walks on pavement keep them nicely trimmed! lol
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:16 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The first time I clipped Sally's nails she fell asleep through it...
the second time she just wanted to know what I was doing so kept pulling out of my hand...
the last couple of times she will let me to 2-3 toes on one foot and then fights about the last 1-2 nails... which usually ends up with me getting scratched... it is the only time she scratches me...
With bindiis out at the moment Sally won't walk on grass, so walking on the road for the last month I haven't had to trim any nails but her dew claws.
I do spend a lot of time touching her toes, nails and feet, playing with her nails, putting my fingers between her toes and around the pads, so that she gets used to it at anytime with or without the clippers.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I have to partially lay on top of Lula to get her nails trimmed. We have problems with me ding the boss, mostly because I forget to and she thinks she is the boss. Needless to say, nail clipping is just one of many problems!
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I know this is a really old thread, but thank you all for the tips! Tonight was the first time I've ever been able to trim Tucker's nails myself without fearing for my own appendages.

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