Hi guys, I need some advice:
Our gorgeous lil rescue pup Toby (about 12-18 months old kelpie/corgi cross) has been with us for about 6 weeks now. He was very badly abused and we've been having an interesting time discovering his triggers (while also having a lovely time showing him that stuff like leads, walks, food bowls, treats, parks, grass, walking through doorways and nice people who want to pat him are fun & nice, and not to be feared).
Unfortunately, his claws reeeeally need clipping - they're starting to affect the way his paws sit (like baths, brushing etc, I don't think he's ever experienced it before).
I've tried with LOTS of encouragement, fun, toys, treats - but so far we've only got 2 claws clipped before he gets so hysterical I have no option but to stop. I'm lucky that he doesn't bite, but he screams loudly and writhes so strongly I'm worried he'll hurt himself. (Aside from scaring the neighbours, the screaming I can prob deal with - on his first day with us he stood on a flower petal on the pavers and he screamed, poor darling!)
'm pretty experienced at dog care, so I know my technique is fine, and I've tried desensitizing training with him, but he just gets absolutely hysterical and we really need to get onto this now.
I've looked into grinder-type files like Pedi Paws or dremel-type tools, but I have a feeling they might be a waste of money if Toby is so terrified of his claws being trimmed - bringing in a power tool might be the end of him!
What are my options? Do I have any? Is it a matter of just getting people to hold him down for his intial trim then work on getting him used to it until his next trim is due? Is a mild sedation available?...
(Sorry about this being a bit long-winded!)