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06-01-2014 09:56 AM
eddie1976E Thanks folks. I did the cut, treat, cut, treat and it went much better. He didn't even notice. I even drew blood on one of them and he didn't notice. It is alot easier with two people. I would hate to do it by myself.
05-31-2014 10:57 PM
Katerlena My GSD was very abused so cutting nails is very difficult. We do a lot of walking on pavement!!
05-31-2014 10:47 PM
Mishka&Milo I use a dremel. I've had too many ouchey quicks, and cracked nails to clip anymore. It files it away rather than cracking the nail. My girl likes it better. As far as paws being touched.... I'd give a reward every time the paw is touched... *touch* *treat*... *longer touch* *treat*


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05-31-2014 06:26 PM
lalachka
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If you have a calm dog that doesn't mind his toenails done, then it's fine. If you have a squirmy, mouthy puppy going through a bratty stage, you want to get it done in as little time as possible. It's much quicker to do one good clip per toenail than several incremental shaves.

Ohh))) OK. Nope, he gets molested in all kinds of ways and is usually OK))))

My daughter just got a funny pic of him. Maybe not so OK after all?))))Attachment 213330


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05-31-2014 05:45 PM
Bear L
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It is so easy to teach dogs to file their own nails that I'm never going to bother with cutting them again.

Front paw filing is like 5 minutes of training time even if the dog has absolutely no prior experience, and less than one minute if the dog already has a front paw target. Back paw filing takes a little longer, but it's still way less hassle than nail clipping ever was.

I am only sad that I didn't discover this years ago. I spent so much money at groomers and let Pongu's nails grow way too long. Now it's all I can do to keep him from quicking himself, he's so excited to file his nails short.
Thank you! Gonna make the filer today.

How do you teach the back paw? Same as front paws by teaching the targeting? Trying to think how to teach it so it mirrors the same motion as when the dog kicks up dirt with the back feet. For the male that may be easier since he does that already when he poops but the female has never done that.
05-31-2014 05:15 PM
Freestep
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Freestep, why not shave off millimeters? I do thAt sometimes
If you have a calm dog that doesn't mind his toenails done, then it's fine. If you have a squirmy, mouthy puppy going through a bratty stage, you want to get it done in as little time as possible. It's much quicker to do one good clip per toenail than several incremental shaves.
05-31-2014 05:05 PM
SuperG
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I do a down stay and one small treat per nail, but it's really nice in the year and a half I've had her I've never had to cut her back nails..I guess it's how she runs..
but! she was always really awesome about having her nails cut. As a baby she'd just fall asleep while I was doing it. At 6 months she went through this phase for a month where she'd try to yank them away. That ended quickly when I grabbed them and cut them anyway and stuffed her mouth full of food after lol.

The back paws that I've never cut

Mego,

I have the same situation with my gal's back paw's nails....probably only cut them a few times over her 22 months....and I do believe it is from her gait at certain speeds. Even as a pup, I would on occasion hear her hind's clicking on the street at times.

I am curious...does your GSD have an over-reach...mine does and wonder if that is related to the rear nails scratching the ground at times???

SuperG
05-31-2014 02:42 PM
mego I do a down stay and one small treat per nail, but it's really nice in the year and a half I've had her I've never had to cut her back nails..I guess it's how she runs..
but! she was always really awesome about having her nails cut. As a baby she'd just fall asleep while I was doing it. At 6 months she went through this phase for a month where she'd try to yank them away. That ended quickly when I grabbed them and cut them anyway and stuffed her mouth full of food after lol.

The back paws that I've never cut
05-31-2014 02:20 PM
lalachka Freestep, why not shave off millimeters? I do thAt sometimes


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05-31-2014 11:36 AM
Freestep What kind of nail clipper are you using? You should have the "pliers" type, rather than the "guillotine" type. It is much easier and faster if you don't have to thread the nail through the hole of the guillotine type, with the pliers type you can simply grab the nail where you want to clip and snip it off.

He's about 4-5 months old, you said? He's probably going through a phase. He's already been desensitized to having his feet handled, so he's not scared or hurt, he's just being a brat. Now is not the time for feeding treats--you may inadvertently be reinforcing bad behavior. You've been nothing but sweet and nice and now he's throwing a tantrum--it's time to get down to business.

When you clip a nail, do it FAST. Don't squeeze the clippers shut, SNAP them shut. Be firm and decisive when you've decided where you want to cut. At this point, don't shave off millimeters at a time. Just one firm decisive snap per nail, then move to the next as quickly as possible. If you do it quickly and without fanfare, it'll be over before he has a chance to act up. If he struggles or fights you, tell him "No", and wait for him to calm down, but don't give up. Give calm praise when he's still, but no treats and no parties until you're done. This is a battle you have to win, every time, or he's going to learn he can get out of having his nails done by acting like a wild beast.

When it's all over, wait until he's calm for a moment, then release him and THEN you party with treats and toys and praise.

I've trained literally thousands of dogs to have their nails trimmed. Some will never *like* it, but they should be able to tolerate it.
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