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    The dew claw can be sore if it catches on something like getting your finger pulled back.

    You can see the quick in the first of the other claws too - it ends at the tip of the black line so there's only a couple of mm you could clip off that one if that. And I imagine it would be about the same for the dew claw too ie if you clip more than 1.5mm off it would hurt and bleed. And good luck persuading him to let you try again.

    I'd go for clickering and nail file any time you have some lap time with him eg in front of the telly or surfing the net.

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    Must be the working dog breed..

    My parents have my nannas dog which is a ****uz and I noticed her nails the another week.. I told mum to get some nail clippers and clip them. They have never had a non-working breed before

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    You know Ling[my clipper problem] will do the file no worries but sometimes i do need to clip them
    she is clicker trained but she just get too beside herself to listen to anything when it comes to the clippers.
    She was the same with haircuts but we got past that just with patience & treats but nothing seems to work with the nail clippers.

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    I use a Dremel tool......It sands down the nails. i use it till they move their foot away. I handle my dogs feet a lot. because we get grass seeds and i refuse to pay $$$'s for vets to do what I can. So i often massage my dogs feet, no real thing happening, just pleasant touching. my dogs love it. And whilst I am doing that I start getting the occasional real check in on new dogs. And I do this a lot and start holding them and eventually use the Dremel for very short periods. Now i just grab the tool, the dogs jump on their grooming table and just lie there. Initially a lot of work, especially on the rescues, but it becomes "good times' with a treat at the end. I can now poke away and take out grass seeds. It is of no use trying to force a newf to do anything it does not want to do
    I tend not to use my clicker for anything that can possibly end in a negative. So I use desensitization more, it takes more time, but is great. A little further every time
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    Hi Myf,

    I will take him to the vet. The claw is too long.

    Otherwise try to clip after bath or swim when claws are softer. Have someone to hold him down and cut very little by little over two weeks with 2-3 day interval. I think you will see some blood due to overgrown quick. Have corn starch ready. Good luck!
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    What hachna said about claws being softer after being in water - definitely true.

    That's why taking dog to the beach is so good for a claw sanding... ie claws get soft in the water and then sanded - by the sand.

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    It looks like my only option in the vet. I guess I'll just bring him into work and get it done cheaper.

    He violently shakes whenever I try. Violently, not just a tremmle, he really moves.
    As soon as I put the clipper on the nail he goes 'oooowwwwwwwwww' and pulls away really quick.
    I got my housemate to hold him, but cause he's so small you can barely get a good grip on him.

    Cause I got him when I was 10, I didn't really learn about the importance of nail clipping till I was about 17, so he hadn't learnt to have his feet played with. They haven't gotton bad until the last couple of years, I guess cause he does less activity.
    Oh well, thanks guys! He's gonna have to wait till after Christmas.

    Just another quetions. How is Lady's dew claw wearing down?????
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    Myf,
    Yes sounds like a vet job for know anyway.
    Maybe you can start with just getting her used to her paws being held & played with without the stress of anything to do with the clippers at first.
    At the moment we are treating Ling everytime she allows us to even touch her paws & have got to be able to gently sqeeze her paw & touch between her toes. But still as soon as she see clippers she will shake & run & hide under the bed. I have started using the clippers to hand her treats etc to see if i can change her assisation of the clippers being bad, have only just started this tatic though. I have tried clikker but she is just too stressed to listen so I am hoping disentatizing will work better.

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    Aussiemyf

    I don't know how Lady's dew claw stays trim.

    My dog - she uses hers like a thumb. It also gets a bit of a work out when she's playing - she bows and crawls and digs and generally her whole front end is on the ground from chest to paw.

    If you need to go as far as a general anaesthetic - you might consider having the dew claws removed from Roly. Something to discuss with the boss.

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    Thats also a possibilities, but its firmly joined with a bone, which brings up the cost.
    I guess I'll see what the our vets say....
    I'll take him to the groomer again after Chrissy, and then take it from there.
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