Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ft Campbell, KY
Re: Nail Trim Drama
I've done all that!
Take a deep breath, approach, calm and assertive... No cooing (I never baby talk this dog in this type of situation), grab paw, place nippers... she screams bloody murder when the clipper is still 3 inches away.
Dremel... LOL... tried that too. I can trim the hair between her toes with a hair edger. Dremel the nails? Nope. She let me touch her with it, let me turn it on and off without flinching. Sane the whole time. But the second it touched her nails, there goes the screaming and yanking away.
I can do anything I want to this dog but not the nails. I know her discomfort face and her unhappy face... and I ignore it and go on with all other grooming. But the nails... it's so much more than yanking a paw back. It's full body fight and flight accompanied with that squeeky screaming.
One time I got two nails done. I pinned her in a corner, pulled a paw under my arm, ignored her screaming, and got two done before she planted her back feet and leaped over my shoulder and ramped the wall behind her, quite effectively removing herself. I went to catch her again and she peed her pants.
I tried again by having her lay her butt in the same corner, but having her on her side to prevent another leap from a sitting position. I straddled her, grabbed a paw, and became tug of war and couldn't keep it steady enough to trim. I was only going for a little bitty nip to show her it doesn't hurt.
The clippers I got aren't the $4 cheapies. They're high dollar professional, correct size, super sharp, no pinching, just a clean cut. When I actually get one, it's smooth, no weird edges like a dull blade does. There's no resistance in the blade, just a fast, clean "clip".
Logan is perfect. He takes it like he likes the attention. I make Ricca watch. But if I move towards her, off she goes, knowing my intentions, and it's the same fight.
Aga Vom Kleinen Hölzchen aka Ricca
Logan aka "Logi-Bear"