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    Re: How to Cut your Dog's Nails

    My oldest Border Collie is 12-1/2 and we've been doing this since I rescued her as a 6 week old pup and she still acts like I am going to murder her, tho she would never try to bite me.

    Remember that dogs have a lot of nerves in their paws, and many are over-sensitive to the touch, so sometimes wrapping a small hand towel around it will help.

    I also use the dremmel and once the dog gets used to the noise, it's usually ok. You probably have a 2-person job on your hands, at least for quite a while, and you might as your vet about some Ace if the OTC calming tabs don't work.

    Good luck and hang in there.

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    My dog was traumatized at the vet's office where 2 techs held the poor dog down and clipped his nails while he wailed like a banshee.

    That being said, I will be changing vets and will also be introducing the clippers to this dog very, very, very slowly and easily and carefully.

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    The Dremel is the humane way to go if you can get them to tolerate it. I found that the rechargable worked better than the corded because a) no cord to fool with, b) lighter and c) less high pitched whine.

    Elle tolerates front paws just fine but is a bit squirmy for the back paws so the wife helps when we do those. I tip them bi-weekly and trim down more every 4 to 6 weeks. Kind of depends on what we have been doing. If lots of walking on concrete, asphalt, etc. they don't need the full trim as often; tipping takes care of it.

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    Clipping your dogís claws can be a very strenuous process. Dogs can be very wiggly and restless. An effective way that I have been doing is to have my dog lie on his side. I use my arm and my upper body to restrain my dog, while my hands hold one paw and trim the nails. I keep my arm gently over the dogís neck to prevent his head from moving especially when Iím trimming the front paw. Try this method too. It might just work with your dog.
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    For the first 10 months of having my new blue heeler pup, we couldn't get near him with the clippers either without having to sit on him. So we just let it go for a long time cause he was wearing down his claws good enough just running around constantly. I then started to have him watch me as I cut my fingernails and every now and then ask for his paw and I'd try to trim his nail. But he was either too antsy or licking the paw I was trying to trim. Then I finally decided to use the peanut butter idea, and it was wonderful. I smeared peanut butter on the fridge just at his head level and he stood there in front of the fridge so busy licking the peanut butter off it he wasn't even paying attention to me picking up all his feet and trimming all his nails. It worked great for starters, and no fight or tension.

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    Thanks..
    i made a new knowledge today

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    Re: How to Cut your Dog's Nails

    Quote Originally Posted by exotic View Post
    I use a dremel on my dogs. It can take some time to get used to it, but it's worth it IMO.
    I do the same

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    I think dremel is the best. This blogger did a good post on how to get started http://www.petdogblog.com/dog-nail-t...with-a-dremel/

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    I bought the cheapest dremel for my dog and it works great. I found out from a groomer that that is what she and other groomers use, so I gave it a try. Works well.

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    Hey Midian, where in MO are you? I live just outside of Springfield
    I'm in Missouri also! Not far from SPFD, I'm in Camdenton.
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    I remember I play with Harley nails i never personally like cutting a dogs nail even in my grooming class i was afraid of cutting the quick. ususally i just take the dogs to some local pet place and do for $10 dollars sometimes its funny how a dog hides behind me (lol) the other whines and whimpers But they tolerated enough for them to do it without an issue.

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    Re: How to Cut your Dog's Nails

    Thanks for the tips. My dog would always mess around when I want to clip his nails. Then his nails would look awful.
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    Cali used to absolutely despise getting her nails done, but my mom and I came up with a method that allowed me to trim all her nails with only an occasional wiggle.

    We just ripped a piece of cheese in many little pieces and since my mom was the one holding Cali, she'd hide a piece in her hand to distract Cali. The first couple nails, Cali still wiggled and squirmed and basically was half demon, but after she realized that she got a piece of cheese for each nail that she got done, she stopped wiggling and behaved quite well.

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    Re: How to Cut your Dog's Nails

    Thank you so much for a great solution! Long story short, I have family coming to live with us with a big dog, and they are afraid to clip his nails. The vet charges so much, and right now, they can't afford that kind of even small expense. I clip my kitties nails (pretty easy since it's easy to see the quick), but I figure I can do it. Despite being part Pit, he's also part Lab, and his disposition is awesome. The worst thing he does is go for the cats' food and kitty litter roca. Anyway, I'm going to follow your advice and give it a try. Wish me luck!

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    ive found another perfect solution to trimming our dogs nails ...who was very agressive towards me and others trying ...ive tried to be patient slowly introducing the clippers , paw massages and food etc ..but nothing seemed to work ...so i got my husband to make a small wooden box with a latch on top and a small hole..i glued harsh sandpaper all around the box..then i would place a bone or treat in the box and padlock it....so the dog can smell the treat but cant get to it ...it would drive him mad getting to the treat ...hence scratching at the box ..at the end of the day i would give him the treat and do the same procedure every week ..and IT WORKS !!! i dont have to stress about it anymore and my dog is doing all the trimming himself ...

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