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I've been having tremendous difficulty with this. I have both Pedipaw (an electric device that's supposed to be gentle) and a regular clipper. The problem is that Chance won't let me go near her nails with any device! She jumps up and wants to get away. She's a very calm, cooperative, gentle dog. I think she's just very scared. I've tried doing this gradually--just introducing her to the Pedipaw device with it off. As soon as it's near her toes, she jumps up and wants to get away. Same with regular clippers. I spent a few days introducing the Pedipaw and then immediately rewarding (treat), then moving it away, then introducing and rewarding, etc. She just does NOT want any device near her toes. Should I just be more forceful and make sure she can't get up? Or should I get a tranquilizer for her? I don't know how I'd do that but I know my neighbor has to do that with her dog. Or just hire a professional? Thanks!
 

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Tell ya what I did 2 weeks before I clipped Red's nails , when he would sit on the couch I played with his feet and nails all the time . When it came time to do the clipping he didnt care less :)

Just my experience .
 

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Tell ya what I did 2 weeks before I clipped Red's nails , when he would sit on the couch I played with his feet and nails all the time . When it came time to do the clipping he didnt care less :)

Just my experience .
If I gently play with her toes, she doesn't seem to mind at all. I can try playing more and more with her toes but I think it's the clippers that scare her more than my touching her toes.
 

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Hmmm.. maybe try clipping them at bath time? Wrap him up in a towel and take each foot out one by one to clip. I've never had an issue with Zoey as far as clipping her nails go, but she is -always- far calmer when she has just come out of the tub, and I want to do something like trim her face hair, brush her teeth or clip her nails. She's very calm and timid at bath time. It could be worth a try unless your dog doesn't like bath time either.
 

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Have you tried having someone else hold her and feed her treats as you hold her paw and cut her nails? That's how we're introducing our puppy to nail clipping--and she doesn't have any problem at all.

This way she associates getting her nails clipped with getting something pleasant--her treats. And, while she's chewing away on the treats she doesn't have time to worry about her paws.
 

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