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Old 11-11-2012, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Nail Trimming Questions

1. What's your "trick" to getting your dog's nails done?

2. Do you use a dremmel or nail clippers?

For Mason, I have no trick. He hates it, but nothing in the world would make him feel better about it so we just go and get it done.

For Logan, I have to give him a treat (one of those itty bitty training treats) after each nail. He also has to be able to see the pile of treats or he will no cooperate. If he can see them and he gets one after each nail, it's smooth sailing!

For Abby, I've been trying to do her nails for the past 3 days now and have only managed to get 2 nails done. She HATES it. I've tried treats, peanut butter in a kong, waiting until she's really tired or sleeping, she just will not tolerate it. This is why I've posted this question. I need help guys! LOL
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for reminding me, I'm already done :-D
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's how I'm trying to desensitize her to the clippers. I think she might do better with a dremel though. Do you use one actually marketed for dogs or do you use a standard dremel? My dad has one that he uses for glass etching that should do the same thing. Just need to find the right bit.
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1. What's your "trick" to getting your dog's nails done?

2. Do you use a dremmel or nail clippers?

For Mason, I have no trick. He hates it, but nothing in the world would make him feel better about it so we just go and get it done.

For Logan, I have to give him a treat (one of those itty bitty training treats) after each nail. He also has to be able to see the pile of treats or he will no cooperate. If he can see them and he gets one after each nail, it's smooth sailing!

For Abby, I've been trying to do her nails for the past 3 days now and have only managed to get 2 nails done. She HATES it. I've tried treats, peanut butter in a kong, waiting until she's really tired or sleeping, she just will not tolerate it. This is why I've posted this question. I need help guys! LOL
Wow!!! Glad I'm not the only one with a pup that won't cooperate! Wyatt used to be good about it and then one day boom, absolutely hated it!


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Old 11-11-2012, 10:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use a Dremel with a sanding band on it.
I used to have the Pedicure brand for dogs- actually went through two of those.
I had a lot of sanding bands left over and they fit the regular Dremel.
It takes some getting used to for the pups.
Maggie is pretty good, but we used to have to hold Mongo down. Now he is used to it cause he knows he gets a treat when it's done.
In fact, he usually wants to go first.

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I use a real dremmel. I'm a mechanic and they come in handy for custom brackets and what not...
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a pet dremel. I have tried all of the above tips too, waiting for a calm time, treats, etc... One thing that helps is putting them on a raised table like at the groomers or vets. That seems to "change the dynamic", so to speak. Reuben doesn't act up so badly when I do this. I don't have a special table, but our covered porch table works. He is over 55 lbs now so My hubby has to lift him. I am hoping he will calm down as he matures (uh huh)!
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You guys are a lot nicer than I am. Lol I will NOT tolerate fits, ESP over nothing. When Tyson was 8-9 weeks I started doing his nails, but just the thought of me "having control" - he didn't like it. He would throw a fit - big tantrum screaming and trying to roll even if I just held on to his foot- in fact that was the biggest part for us , actually holding on to his foot and not the actual cutting of the nail part. I let him scream it out and firmly held his foot, letting him know who was boss, now when I get the clippers out he just rolls over. I have never cut him, yet, he does have black ones on a few, but he is very good now. He just needed to know he was going to have to give up and let me do it cause I wasn't going to give up! Haha


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Old 11-12-2012, 10:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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mine very seldom need a trim but my sil lab does she has black nails and is a complete Brat about it fights every inch of the way my furkids just dont care we had one war apiece a long time ago and now they see the clippers and just roll their eyes and roll over even when I only got them out for Bella LOL
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