Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sandy Hook, Connecticut
All great advice.
Nails..this takes a while..whenever the pup is laying down we rub, massage, pinch lightly, roll, pet, tug on nails etc all 4 paws several times daily. Then to get used to the Dremel we run it while its on setting 2-3 and run it all over their bodies, paws, legs, head, body, tail etc. Whil the puppy is still small enough we try to teach it while its laying down to do nails and then as it grows and is tall enough I straddle them while they eat to do the rear nails. It also helps to position them in a corner to keep the from backing/walking away. Just takes time and practice. Always end on a good note, praise, treat etc. Also hold the puppy if it wiggles, cries tries to run and hold it until it stands still bc if it learns it can get away once it will do it every time making it worse.
Ears start off with baby wipes or some type of ear wipe and gently rub inside and out. Don't put your finger inside until the pup is calm enough with the outside. Gently work your way inside until you get all the gunk out. Once of our dogs was notorious for severe ear infections where she'd shake her head constantly slamming her ears on everything causing lacerations so we had to have several stitches done on several occasions. We now have a special ear wash that we put drops in, rub, wipe out and then a medication set of drops..and since haven't had to do anything but a weekly wipe out.
Grooming.. grab a leash and attached it somewhere short. Doors are good so you can close the leash so the dog cant move and stands against the wall. Start with a gently brush if the dog freaks with the harder bristle/metal brushes. All my guys fight over who gets brushed first so I have to literally take one outside at a time otherwise its a swarm of pushing to get to the brush. I just ordered the Dyson attachment for the dog brush bc I was using the Furminator and the vaccum to suck the hair.. Make grooming fun!
All of these things are patience and require being repeated over and over..usually daily until the dog is ok with it and then you can drop down to several times a week instead of daily and so on until the dog has no problem with it.
I try to pick days and do each dog on their own day..and rotate through. Lexi is mondays, Zeus is Tuesdays, Kimber is Wednesdays...and id continue like that..Now I have to add in Diesel who is approx 14 wks old into the rotation. Good luck, patience, breath and send happy vibes to help calm the pup.
Lexi- GSD/Bull Mastiff
Calvin- poyldactyl cat