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Old 10-25-2011, 02:07 AM   #1
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How to get my dogs to relax and let me cut their nails?

Well this has been an issue, exspecially with my male dog. As soon as someone goes near him with clippers he totally flips! Hes such a sweet and gentle dog until he thinks your gonna clip his nails then he will bite you! The girls are A LOT easier, but still kind of hard. What can I do? A professional groomer is not an option because I do not want my male to hurt someone, becaus of the way he freaks out. I've had him since a puppy and every time we would bring him to get his nails cut he hated it and every time it would be worse and worse, now to the point when he bites and growls! He's never had any sort of trauma or abuse. I've always been right next to him when ever he went to a groomer in the past so I know they never hurt him or anything. so what tricks are there to get him to relax? Please no drugs, I've been told this before and would prefer not to drug him. So what options do I have? My females I can manage, they wiggle and twist but nothing like him, he FREAKS! What can be done? I try to touch his paws often, he has no problem with that, at all. I touch his paws all the time, but as soon as those clippers come into sight it's a wrap! Please help!
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:26 AM   #2
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I am not big on such, but Sampson get a squirt of Bach's Rescue Remedy about 15 minutes before the clippers come out. He is a big Lab.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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Start by desensitising him to the clippers. Give him treats everytime you bring the clippers out, dont cut his nails yet. Just several times a day bring them out and give lots of treats. Let him smell them even touch him with them, gradually work up to cutting 1 nail at a time, then 2 and so on until you can cut all of the nails without a reaction. You could also look into getting a dremal tool and grinding the nails instead of clipping them. Just be sure to do the same thing as above with the dremal, only with that start with it off the turn it on while treating then work up to 1 nail ect....
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:49 AM   #4
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Start by desensitising him to the clippers. Give him treats everytime you bring the clippers out, dont cut his nails yet. Just several times a day bring them out and give lots of treats. Let him smell them even touch him with them, gradually work up to cutting 1 nail at a time, then 2 and so on until you can cut all of the nails without a reaction. You could also look into getting a dremal tool and grinding the nails instead of clipping them. Just be sure to do the same thing as above with the dremal, only with that start with it off the turn it on while treating then work up to 1 nail ect....
Great advice! I feel I have to use clippers as opposed to the dermal tool because he gets a lot more freaked with the tool. But thank you I will try this and let you know how it goes. I feel like he is desensitized to me touching his paws, but your right he need to be desensitized to the clippers. Good idea! Thank you again, JessicaR! I should just ask you directly, haha..
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:49 AM   #5
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I am not big on such, but Sampson get a squirt of Bach's Rescue Remedy about 15 minutes before the clippers come out. He is a big Lab.
Bachs rescue remedy? Never heard of it, but thank you so much for the suggestion.
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:53 AM   #6
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How long does desensitizing usually take? Days, weeks, months? I'm sure every dog is different but what's the norm? Just curious what I'm in for?

I try to walk him on cement to help file them but it is not working as good as it used too and with the snow coming soon i wont be able to walk on the cement anymore. I need to get them clipped soon. They aren't bothering him, thank goodness, but they are bothering everyone else, especially me!
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:54 AM   #7
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every dog is different it could take weeks or it could be months it all depends on your dog and how often you train everyday.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:52 AM   #8
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Am a big fan of Rescue Remedy as all my dogs are rescues. Took me two years with Maxwell to be able to trim his nails. Merlin's going on three years but I'm not doing so much of the RR instead trying to get him to trust me. Longer time to work but when I first adopted him he did not allow me to touch his feet at all without biting. Now I can touch his feet so his nails aren't far behind.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:06 PM   #9
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Am a big fan of Rescue Remedy as all my dogs are rescues. Took me two years with Maxwell to be able to trim his nails. Merlin's going on three years but I'm not doing so much of the RR instead trying to get him to trust me. Longer time to work but when I first adopted him he did not allow me to touch his feet at all without biting. Now I can touch his feet so his nails aren't far behind.
What exactly is this rescue remedy? I've never heard of it before.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:04 AM   #10
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It is an herbal product sold by Bach's for humans. Try health food stores. I am not much for that sort of thing, but it is an exception.
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