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Old 12-23-2012, 12:45 PM
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i have this same problem with tootsie. i have been touching her paws since she was very young.. and minnie and tootsie are from the same littler and i got them at the same times. and there's no problem with minnie at all. so , i really think some dogs are just more sensitive to nail trimming no matter what you have done or do. because minnie and tootsie got the same nail care exactly.
i also live alone , so , there is no one here to help me hold. i just find it much easier to take her to a groomer or a vet. i never pay more than 10 dollars a dog. when she needs to see the vet , i always have her do it. otherwise, i have found an excellent guy who works at petsmart. i will always make sure i get him. some groomers are better than others. so, find one you really like that does a nice job.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:42 PM
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I just had a battle with Midgie trying to clip her nails too. I do get them clipped when we go to the vet, but don't make a special appointment to get them clipped. I lay her on her back on my lap & put the blanket over her face without smothering her. She wiggles so much & fights me. Today a used a combination of the clippers & the doggie grinder. It's my fault not getting her used to this process from when she was a pup, but I plan to do this regularly every week because it takes too long to do it when her nails get too long. My hubby helps me sometimes. He holds her back legs while rubbing her belly & talking sweetly to her while I work on her front paws. She seems to be more comfortable for some reason letting me work on her back paws.
I like the bath idea, as this has crossed my mind. I thought about putting her in the sink with some water & trying to clip them, because she seems more reluctant to move.
Anyway, it's just something she's going to have to learn to like & get used to, cause I'm going to continue to cut her nails & not give up. I trust myself cutting her nails more than a vet anyway although they always do a wonderful job.
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Chico is 4 yrs old now... and I do not have anyone here to help with the process...... I might try the bath thing but wonder if he would help his legs/hip? I would take him for a long walk but that too is not good for his hip/legs.... I also heard to try wrapping him in a towel with one foot out??? so he can't wiggle.....does that sound too mean??
I think that swimming would be much better than walking/running. I know that sometimes swimming is recommended for dogs with lp, etc. It's a good way to spend some energy and relaxes afterwards. If he's a bad swimmer like Odie, you can hold him while he kicks. It's pretty funny when Odie goes "swimming". I feel like I'm playing with a toy in the bath tub, holding her and zooming her around.

I don't think that wrapping him in a towel is mean, but I think the whole process will be easier if you tire him out a little first if you can.
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I've read where othes use a towel to wrap them in as well. I don't think it's cruel at all.
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Well, i got 1 toe clipped...... wrapped him in a blanket with one foot out...... he kicked abit but with lots of praise and a piece of cheese we got one clipped..... WHEW!!! hope I dont run outta cheese......





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Old 12-23-2012, 07:04 PM
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Yey well done I've touched and massaged and clipped honeys paws since she was a pup but she still hates it. Wearing her thundershirt, she is much better though! Along with cheese lol!


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Old 12-23-2012, 08:40 PM
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I've been having problems with Mylo too. I couldn't find the clippers so it's been longer than usual. The first few times I got his nails clipped at the groomers and he didn't like it but there wasn't much fuss. I tried to get my other half to hold him the time before last and he was so scared it was useless because I think it made Mylo worse so I got my sister to hold him and it wasn't too bad. This time I got my sister to hold him again and distract him with ham but he was growling and biting and thrashing (it was a warning bit that didn't hurt, but still). I don't know what the problem is...he has no problem with anyone touching his paws, I can stroke his claws if I want, I can stroke his paws with the clippers but I can't cut them! He's never had a bad experience with getting his claws clipped or anyone be rough with him. So the OH went to the groomers with him the other day and put him down on the table. He rolled on his back and stayed there while she cut them!!

He also met a little boy while he was there who was fussing over him and the boy said 'chihuahuas normally just bark at me!'

Willow is no fuss at all. I used my human nail clippers because the dog ones were just too big. I've done them twice now while she is sleepy and she might pull her paw back off me a couple of times but for the most part I just get them done. She has a few with white tips which make it much easier. I think I got one of the front ones a bit close because she yelped so it was a bit more trouble after that but I got them done. My own fault really though!
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I tried Rolo once and he went nuts so last time I had them done by the vet in Pets at Home. Cost 12 which is a bit steep but worth it


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