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    I bath Bella every wednesday, depending on her level of stink. The thing is, she doesnt like her paws being touched. so whenever I go to wash her feet, she yanks them away. Which makes it hard to clip them, clip her toenails and check for ticks. How can I get her to relax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Ruby is like this....and we do not force it. We have her on the lounge with loads of treats. We touch...she gets treats....we clip a nail...she gets a treat. This way she will associate it with something good
    Agree with Cleas, she is spot on IMO.

    You have to make the touching of paws a wonderful thing, hence using the treats. Or great praise, massive hugs etc, then finish with a terrific play session or something.

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    thanks
    She loves her play and she loves mince so I'll do that.

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    We do nail clipping every couple of weeks. For a couple of my dogs I do it while they are asleep on the lounge. Clip - watch a bit of TV, Clip - watch a bit more and so on. They don't even move.

    For the others I've learnt not to let them succeed in pulling. If they succeed once or twice then they know pulling away works.

    So I clip a nail or two, wait for the body to relax and then release the dog. Repeat again 15 minutes or so later.

    I've also got 3 sets of clippers. Because the bigger ones were not suitable for the Whippets it was spreading their toes in the first place which immediately made them uncomfortable.

    For the puppies I'm using human nail clippers.

    Having another person holding the dog might help too. Try doing it just before a meal when the dog is hungry with a treat held to its nose.

    Suss out the nail before you intend to use the clippers so you know where you are going to clip. And handle the feet often not just at nail clipping time. Treat for relaxed body, ignore tension.

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    Perhaps I could incorporate the clicker, clicking whenever she relaxes. Im about to go do it all now, bath and toenails. Thats if I can find the toenail clippers...

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    You could, though sometimes I'm of two minds with things they really detest.

    For instance I never ask my dog to sit or stand or stay on the vet table because they then get rewarded with a jab of a needle or a thermometer up the bum.

    But probably nothing wrong with clicking and treating for handling the feet.

    I'd be interested to see how you go and what method worked for you.

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    Following up from MAC's excellent post, I also do nail clipping with a new dog on a VERY regular basis.

    Clip just a bit, then 2 days later clip a bit more, and so forth. Takes a week or so to get the nails to where they should be, but I use it to get a dog USED to being done as often as possible. Just a thought Boxer.

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    I don't think Blackie or Shads ever had a bath. Pretty has had one ├žause she wanted to be inside but had rolled in something dead. The pups have never had one. In saying this though, all bar Pretty were wet whenever they wanted to be by swimming when they want to. I have no problems touching paws. From very early on they were included in strokes.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Worked pretty well. First I was just touching her paws when it was on the ground, and she moved it out of the way, so I clicked whenever my hand was near. Then I graduated to holding, and clicked when she looked away and didnt struggle. Then I moved to holding and rubbing, then holding and wiggling toes around. I did all four feet. She learned pretty quickly, so next im going to moveonto touching with the clippers. I just went back and held her feet, and no reaction, which is good.

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    Slowly slowly Boxer makes perfect forever. Well done.

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