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    Default Serious Nail Clipping Issues.

    I have a confession, I don't clip my dogs nails.

    Lady's are perfect, they wear away on their own, even her dew claws. On the other hand, Roly's are....horrendous.
    To be fair, only his dew claws are horrendous. I took him to a groomer, and watched while he whined, and squirmed and struggled. The groomer told me he was done, but it was so obvious they barely got any of the nail off. They just gave up.
    The only thing I can think of is getting it done under an anaesthetic. But that seems way to over the top and expensive for 2 nails.
    Any suggestions for anything!? If my fricken' camera would turn on id show you some photos, they're pretty embarrassing
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    Oh I have a Maltesse x who is the same, she will all but turn herself inside out to avoid those clippers, lol.
    I have tried everything from the clicker training to desentizing her to them but the next time I go do them it's just as bad again. She gets so stressed out about it & is normally a easy going dog[is a rehome so who knows what happened to her].
    Well I admitt I can not fix her & now roll her in a towel[leaving 1 foot out at a time] with a muzzle on to do her. She seems less streesed wrapped in the towel but I do admitt she only gets done when it is unavoidable to not do her.

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    Maybe muzzle him while its being done. Like some dogs do freeze when hae a muzzle on..

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    Um

    The clipper pinches the nail so even though I managed to clicker train Frosty to sit up side down and still while I put the clipper on the nail - she still jumped when I clipped. I used the clipper itself as the clicker. Bad. She's got black nails so it's impossible to tell how much to clip. And you can't just clip back to what looks good because the quick (vein) grows with the nail ie if the nail is long - the quick will be too so you have to cut little bit and often to get the quick to go back. And be fast with the cornflour when you miss and make a bleeder.

    I have bought myself a cheap finger sander and plan to clicker train acceptance for that but haven't actually pulled my finger out and done it yet. If you've got loads of money you can buy a dremmel with a finger sander attachment, or you can get an elcheapo version. Cordless ones are easier to work with because you can go where it's comfy and not be worried about the dog biting the power cord or getting tangled.

    Clipping a Dog's Claws

    and this

    DoberDawn.com
    click on the link for dremmel dogs nails on the left. Bloody frames, she should know better.

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    Hyc the issue is that Roly doesn't want me touching his paws...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Hyc the issue is that Roly doesn't want me touching his paws...
    Boss is the same.. Lucky his naturally wear down..

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    So you can't clicker train him to allow you to feel his paws up?

    It took me a couple of weeks to get Frosty to let me put the clipper on her claw without trying to nick off. Lots of sessions with 30 pieces of lamb roast.

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    I guess I could, but he's 12, and I spose im looking for a quick option
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    sedatives might work but I'd still go for the click and treat style even if he is sedated.

    Anaesthetic every time - wouldn't be healthy or cheap.

    You might be surprised how fast he's prepared to learn if you have the right treat. Just break it down into little steps with short sessions - you may be able to progress to the next step after only three repeats of getting it right... two weeks is quick... better than years of trying to force the issue.

    There is also the nail file option. Would be quicker than getting him happy about the dremmel I would guess. Ie no have to transition to getting him used to it being on after getting him used to it being off...

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    Yeah Peta, maybe its a working dog thing?
    I don't know, see here is Lady's dew claw and nails. I don't ever touch them, and they're perfect.


    And Roly's....don't judge me!




    I hope you all haven't lost respect for me. I know I know, they're really bad. I think part of the problem is that they might be a little sore.
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