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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Nail clipping protocol that works

I began when Grimm was a porky little fuzzy baby. I had originally had the techs at the vet clip his nails, but that ALWAYS turns into a frantic 2-person rodeo. They have a waitingroom full of other clients to see. The end result is a dog who anticipates a STRUGGLE! i couldn't allow that.. Grimm was gonna be HUGE oneday.

So, I had him lay on his side when he was sleepy, on the carpet in the livingroom.

Do NOT grasp the paw. Instead, use your hand to softly nudge the paw so that it bends/curls under. (think of when a horse gets shod)

Clip lightly the very tip of ONE nail. Say in a cheery, impressed voice "Wow!"

Go away.

Repeat this nightly. No big deal at all. Sleepy puppy blobbed out on the carpet. Paw nudged into folding over. Nail tip lightly clipped. Happy-sounding "Wow!" Mom goes away to do other stuff. No biggie.

I just finished clipping collossal 95 lb Grimm's nails. I can now do all of them at once, front and back, and he just lays there like a blob. Okay, sometimes he rolls to present his tummy for scritching, but, I can manage to take a break to do that, too.

PS-- I tried using treats at one point, but we were both swimming in drool then.

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Thanks, I'll try that with the next puppy.
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Yay!! I'm going to do that with Jax and <u>her</u> new dremel.

I just have to hide it from DH and DS so it doesn't end up in the garage!




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Originally Posted By: Jax08Yay!! I'm going to do that with Jax and <u>her</u> new dremel.

I just have to hide it from DH and DS so it doesn't end up in the garage!
Michelle - paint it pink. No male would want to use a pink tool!
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Re: Nail clipping protocol that works

Great post Pattie, I have been wondering how to go about clipping my little girl's nails, I will have to try your technique!

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Michelle - paint it pink. No male would want to use a pink tool!
That'll test his self confidence level!!




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Nikon, Kenya, and Coke all prefer to be standing or sitting while I do the front, then lying on their side while I do the back.
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Re: Nail clipping protocol that works

I used to do them while they lie on the couch.

Now I do them out in their kennels.

Some of them prefer to be on their dog house:


I prefer for them to be up where it is easy for me to see, like on their shelter:


Others like to sit on a chair and make me do a bit of stretching:


And then there's Babs:


Right now, I can do the lot of them in about half an hour, only because I do not currently have anyone terrible about toenails. Every now and again I go after Cujo and take out his nails too. For him, I get him in the back hallway on the landing and go further down the steps (Mom and Dad do not let him on furniture).

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Re: Nail clipping protocol that works

Unforunately, I didn't work with Mayzie enough when she was a little fuzzy baby and waited until she was a big, less-fuzzy baby . I tried to have the vet do it but they said if I want to bring her back they would have to sedate her because she struggled too much So that was my kick in the pants to start working with her to get her used to having her nails trimmed.

We now have a routine... it's a 5 step process, really.
1. I get out the nail clippers.
2. She runs and hides under the table.
3. I get out some REALLY good treats (ham, cheese, etc).
4. She can't help herself but come over to see what treats I have
5. I clip one nail, then she gets a treat and so on until all nails are clipped
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That picture of Babs is cracking me UP!!!!!!!! What a SWEETHEART!!! Love her, love her, LOVE her!

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