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I have had the absolute worst time clipping Cooper's nails.  The first time when he was so sick, I clipped them with no problem just sitting out in the grass.  So, I thought he was going to be fine with it.  The next time I went to cut his nails, he wasn't having any of it.  So, I tried it with my Dremel tool to see if he would be calmer about that.  Nope.  Next attempt was with just an emory board.  Uh uh.  So, to actually get them done, my wife had to basically restrain him while I clipped his nails.  After that, I would clip one or two a day because that was all I could get away with.  Well, I learned a trick from a coworker.  She asked if I tried placing him on a table.  I cleared off my garage work bench and set him up there then went to town with the Dremel.  The back legs were a piece of cake!  The front legs were a tad different.  He tried biting the dremel several times, but once he made contact, he decided against trying that again.  Still bit at it, but kept his distance.  Anyway, being up on the table is supposed to take most of their concentration and it really seemed to help.  Still should be a two person job, though.
 

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Great idea, I will have to try that with Kiah.  Which Dremel do you use, I heard the pet one doesn't have much power.
 

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my husband does construction work so he had a dremel they use for work and that's what we use on Maple and it works fine and she seems fine with it too  :lol:
 

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great tip! a weird thing though, i have had sumya since she was a baby and she has never needed a nail trim..i find that strange. (ooops sorry to hi jack your thread :) )
 

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Good tip!  Anybody got any tips for using nail clippers/trimmers?  Charlie does alright, I basically have to put Sadie into a bear hug, choke hold restraint, just to cut her nails.
 

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Beware of using industrial dremels.  The reason the pet ones were made was because you can go at 10000 rpm with a regular dremel and generate a ton of heat.  That heat will cause pain in the qwick just like cutting it would.  The pet ones run at a lower rpm to avoid excessive heat generation.  It may take longer but it is more comfortable.

You can also try to play a special game, give treats, etc after trimming and that will make them more compliant with trimming.  Ringer loves to be brushed and he knows he will get brushed after I trim his nails and he is pretty good now that he knows it.

For trimming with clippers:  I don't try to lob off the entire tip at once.  The pressure caused by trying to cut too much off at a time causes pain also.  I actually shave small bits off at a time and work from one side of the nail to the other.  It rounds off just as well as any dremel job I have seen.
 

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I learned with my greyhound not to spend too much time in one spot because of the heat that can be generated.  I have a variable speed dremel with the long cable attachment.  I use the rough drum sander.  I've found it actually generates less heat than the finer grit drum since you can spend less time on the nail.  It can tickle the toe a little more, though.  

As for using clippers, make sure they're sharp or they'll pinch more.  With my greyhound, since he didn't mind clippers but hated the dremel, I would use the clippers to get the nails as close to the quick as possible, then finish off with the dremel.  That way, I would only have to use the dremel for a total of about 5 minutes.  The main reason for using the dremel was that he had huge pockets on the bottom of his toenails that would track dirt in.  I could grind away the sides of the pocket so no dirt could get caught on his nails.
 

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sumyasmom\";p=\"84863 said:
great tip! a weird thing though, i have had sumya since she was a baby and she has never needed a nail trim..i find that strange. (ooops sorry to hi jack your thread :) )
Does Sumya run around a lot on concrete/pavement?
That wears down the nails, and might be why! I make Beaux go play on the side walk after I trim his nails (because I am horrified of cutting his quick) and it files them down.
 
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I'm just thankful that my pups will lay peacefully on the couch or floor next to me while I singlehandedly clip their nails, lol.
 

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iheartmyboxer\";p=\"84911 said:
[quote="sumyasmom\";p=\"84863":1w03bzpa]great tip! a weird thing though, i have had sumya since she was a baby and she has never needed a nail trim..i find that strange. (ooops sorry to hi jack your thread :) )
Does Sumya run around a lot on concrete/pavement?
That wears down the nails, and might be why! I make Beaux go play on the side walk after I trim his nails (because I am horrified of cutting his quick) and it files them down.[/quote:1w03bzpa]

My wife had a dachshund that would fetch a tennis ball for hours out in the driveway.  The 2 nails in the middle of his front paws pretty much didn't exist because they were ground down so much.
 

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48Dodge\";p=\"84925 said:
[quote="iheartmyboxer\";p=\"84911":3clusie0][quote="sumyasmom\";p=\"84863":3clusie0]great tip! a weird thing though, i have had sumya since she was a baby and she has never needed a nail trim..i find that strange. (ooops sorry to hi jack your thread :) )
Does Sumya run around a lot on concrete/pavement?
That wears down the nails, and might be why! I make Beaux go play on the side walk after I trim his nails (because I am horrified of cutting his quick) and it files them down.[/quote:3clusie0]

My wife had a dachshund that would fetch a tennis ball for hours out in the driveway.  The 2 nails in the middle of his front paws pretty much didn't exist because they were ground down so much.[/quote:3clusie0]

Wow, really!? Beaux over-shoots the runway a lot and goes skidding all over the place, so all of his nails get a work out lol.
 

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iheartmyboxer\";p=\"84911 said:
[quote="sumyasmom\";p=\"84863":1v0fdr3m]great tip! a weird thing though, i have had sumya since she was a baby and she has never needed a nail trim..i find that strange. (ooops sorry to hi jack your thread :) )
Does Sumya run around a lot on concrete/pavement?
That wears down the nails, and might be why! I make Beaux go play on the side walk after I trim his nails (because I am horrified of cutting his quick) and it files them down.[/quote:1v0fdr3m]


yeah, she does... alot! it all makes sense now! thanks! :D
 
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