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Nail Triming

doggy lover
April 1st, 2010, 11:04 AM
How many of you trim your own dogs nails and what is their response. Tucker enjoys having his nails trimed and filed he actually falls asleep:angel:. My dog that I use to own Travis:rip: use to bite my hands not enough to draw blood but would hold on to them with his teeth hard enough to make indents in my skin with them and at 120lbs he had big teeth. I was just wondering what other peoples dogs were like my sisters have to hold down their dog and give her lots of treats to do hers and she also bites their hands..:shrug:

April 1st, 2010, 11:20 AM
:DThere'll be no bragging on this Board doggy lover :p

April 1st, 2010, 11:32 AM
How many of you trim your own dogs nails and what is their response.

I never had any problems with my goldens :angel: but now with the "new guys" .... Nelly will let me but only because she gets petrified :( Sienna ... I have to follow her into the house until she gets tired , then I can do about 2 paws ... Churchill will let me , but he always pulls out his paws and when sick of it , he gets up and walks away :laughing: (btw I used a dremel )

Jack doesn't let me do his , I have to bring him to the vet. But I'm working on him.

doggy lover
April 1st, 2010, 12:09 PM
sorry Mummummum but with this high energy border collie its nice to see him actually relax, Tucker loves grooming in general could lay for hours being brushed, getting body rubs:p ears cleaned and teeth cleaning too.. He has always been great for this. I've noticed that Tucker has really settled down in the last couple of months some one told me that when BC's hit 6 years they finally mature...well Tucker will be 6 in May so I'm hoping that is what it is:fingerscr

April 1st, 2010, 12:16 PM
I take the two of them to a groomer I know, she has trained them ( since they were pups, and she also cuts and uses a dremel)to get their nails cut. and I figured I do everything else ( wash,ear cleaning, teeth, brushing) it's worth getting them cut by someone else :)

April 1st, 2010, 04:14 PM
My border collie mix despises having her nails done, I'd like to try the dremmel method. What do you do, just file down what you would have snipped off? Doesn't he drill noise scare them?

April 1st, 2010, 04:30 PM
It's a 2 person job for a Shiba Inu. I hold him down and feed him chicken/cheese, my husband dremmels. He wags his tail and gets super excited whenever we pull the dremmel out.

April 1st, 2010, 05:53 PM
I stand them up and handle them paw-by-paw as if I were shoeing a horse. I use a scissors clipper and do all 8 dogs in assembly line fashion :dog: They don't mind it--they know it signals a treat in the near future. :D

April 1st, 2010, 06:45 PM
We choose a nice sunny day and hubby sits down outside, cradling each dog in his lap with feet to me while I do its nails. I bought a dremel and never used it.:laughing: While they are lying back against his shoulder they get a titbit, also one when I'm finished, so of course they all hang around our feet waiting for their turn. If we do it inside my old cattle dog, Perkins, is funny, he charges into the room, reverses up to Ian's legs and tries to do a backwards jump, to assume the position. Lovely dog, he's always tried so hard to please. Cuddles is a problem though, show her the nail clippers and she would wet on the floor in fright. She doesn't give me a fight, but will yelp before I even put pressure on the clippers. In others words it's a sooky baby! We can have accidents too if I mention the b word - bath.:eek:
I am wondering what you folk are doing to their teeth, brushing or scaling tartar off? I have a dog who needs the latter, or a visit to the vet, but being a sheltie I'm loathe to put him under an anaesthetic for something I should be able to do myself. Shelties don't always survive anaesthetics. But, this is a dog that I sold as a pup and had returned as a 5 year old, I'd expect with little grooming or tooth care etc. in that time. He fights me every inch of the way . :( In the past I bought an adult sheltie who'd had bad experiences having nails trimmed, so he was hard work for a bit, but he came good eventually. This other boy isn't. He's a very dominant male btw.

April 1st, 2010, 09:50 PM
Ava, who used to scream, really scream, when we tried to do her nails, now gets all waggy @ssed when she sees the clippers :angel:. It's only been a few months that Lucky is more or less comfortable with it (after 3 1/2 years :rolleyes:). Penny hates to be handled and is the most difficult to do. Treats work but she gets so darned excited and bounces all over the place for them or rolls over on her back when I pick up one of her paws. Nukka's simple as dh just holds her and I can get it all done quickly.

A trick we tried this past week that made a world of difference for both Lucky and Penny (although I was only able to do her front paws)...we ask them to lay down, put a treat directly in front of them, and tell them "leave it." For every nail clipped, they got the "ok" to take the treat. By the third nail, they caught on. First time ever I was able to get all of Lucky's nails done at once :highfive:.

April 1st, 2010, 11:25 PM
Lucy is okay but not thrilled with having her nails done. It is harder as she gets older because her nails grown faster (less exercise?) and as well she has some sore joints which hinder some positions that worked well in the past.

Riley is definately not a fan but is slowly but surely improving. I began to treat for each nail and make it a bit of a party and that helped. I also put the container of yummy treats on the coffee table right in front of him and clip horse hoof style while he is distracted :D. Still can only do a few nails at a time but now at least it is not a huge struggle all the time :thumbs up.

April 1st, 2010, 11:53 PM
What? You don't want to hear any kitty clipping stories??? :rolleyes::D

April 2nd, 2010, 12:02 AM
What? You don't want to hear any kitty clipping stories??? :rolleyes::D

Okay .... Fred doesn't mind his being done and I don't bother with Desi cause she can be scary and I pick my battles :laughing:.

April 2nd, 2010, 10:54 AM
Everyone submits to nails here--dogs, cats, neighbour's ferret, my budgie. All started by 10 wks of age with treats and praise. My big ol Caesar still dislikes it, but will stand like a horse and have his feet done or lay down on his side--depending on what I want. I use a combo of clippers and dremel on him, and just clippers on Lyric thus far. Lyric would rather have his nails done than his butt brushed.:laughing:

April 2nd, 2010, 11:01 AM
I stand them up and handle them paw-by-paw as if I were shoeing a horse. I use a scissors clipperMe too. Pup's a Lab. They'll do anything for food. Mine anyway. Plus, I usually do them just before we go for a walk so there is a double reward.

April 2nd, 2010, 11:02 AM
My border collie mix despises having her nails done, I'd like to try the dremmel method. What do you do, just file down what you would have snipped off? Doesn't he drill noise scare them?

You have to get them use to the noise first. A few times before you can actually do one nail. Then you try 3-4 seconds per nail. I never do more than 8 seconds in a row per nail (it vibrates a lot and also make the nail "hot" so you don't want to do it for too long)

Ava, who used to scream, really scream,

Same with Sienna , that is why I now use the dremel. I still use the regular nail cutter with Churchill though.

April 5th, 2010, 12:35 PM
My youngest Bichon Mix Kina, well it took both the vet and the vet tech to hold her down last time I brought her in to get her nails done! She'll just squirm and squirm. I'm just affraid to do her myself. For some reason she's must really trust the groomers I bring her to because she doesn't give them that much of a fight.

My older Bichon Mix Sadie will let just about anyone do anything to her. I have no problems trimming her nails. Kina will even help by cleaning up the clippings! Extra protien for her right?

April 5th, 2010, 03:20 PM
My dogs are not the problem...other than give, give, give...don't pull, don't pull, give, give...don't ask! But 4 out of 6 cats are hell to clip. out of the 6 is declawed...

I am in nail clipping hell.:yell: