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    anyone elses dog completely reluctant to have their nails trimmed, we have a staffy who is scared at the sight of the clippers and we have to hide them and try to get one nail in at a time before he becomes to afraid, we dont want to traumatise him more by holding him down........my mum was telling me about some kind of dog sling where they sling a dog up so his legs poke out to clip their nails....lol anyone used one of these?
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    Both of mine, especially Bella, hate hate hate having their nails clipped. We would struggle over it and in the end I just took them to the vets to have it done.

    With Bella even though we were with the vet she still would fight it, so much so the vet couldn't even hold her (she only weights 20kg). The vet suggested I leave the room and as soon as I did he had them done straight away. Worked out that she thought she couldn't protect me while we had hold of her, take me away and she had nothing to protect so relaxed instantly.

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    Oh I haven't seen the dog sling, but I've seen the cat straight jacket that they use for naughty cats! Lol

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    Start by just touching your dogs feet over a period of time and click and treat every time the dog allows you to touch the foot....keep this up ,until the dog is relaxed by just touching.

    Move on to using the clippers, but not touching the dog..just clip-noise, relaxed dog click and treat...you might have to start from a distance and get closer and closer in steps.....Click and treat. Start to touch with the clippers but do not clip...Same go on till the dog is happy, touch more and more.......Eventually clip only a sliver.....one per foot, on and on till the dog is relaxed...All the time clicking and treating over quite a lot of
    sessions. Just increase the number of toes and only do slivers....repeat........repeat. This can take days even weeks with some dogs, but the slivers will eventually bring the toenail down in lenght

    It is better to do slivers weekly this way, Until you are sure they are relaxed and take a bit more.

    I have been able to get all my rescues to get to trim their toes....And no-one can hold a newfie down if they do not want to be done

    Also get someone to video you whe you go to clip.....you will find that many people pull faces and look fearful when they go to clip toenails on dogs. And this makes the dogs react.

    I always allow people to clip my dogs toenails and video them and show it to them........I just ell them it is for training purposes, and many are surprised at the faces they pull when they go to clip. That is often the main reason why dogs react.......Handler fear of clipping toe nails.
    Try chewing some gum to relax the jaw, or whistle or sing....there is no way you can be tense singing
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    Good advice alround, hes ten so hes not untrainable but pretty set in his ways lol.... we have tried the treat thing but i guess we need to do it for a longer period of time...his problem is he wants to get the treat without giving up a nail....lol. ill as always keep you posted...!
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    It took 4 people to clip my mums Great Danes nails and 3 people to clip her Basset Hounds... We had to literally pin the dog down and sit on him so he couldn't move. We tried the gentle approach, just touching with the clippers, touching his feet, but nothing helped, in the end brute force was the only thing that worked and after a few months it took less and less people to hold him down until finally he just accepted it.

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