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Old 12-23-2012, 12:49 AM
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Chico is becoming quite a problem when I try to clip his toenails. I know he has a bad hip and 2 leg operations under his belt so I am afraid sitting him in my lap hurts his hip or legs.... he gets mad when I try to clip...I used to take him to the groomer and she clipped him but I no longer go to the groomer, but even when I did I had to hold him for her....I have tried training with treats, praise... nothing seems to work

do any of you have this problem? what do you do??
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We used to have major issues cutting Odie's nails. It was a nightmare and was so stressful for her and us. It was to the point where I wouldn't have taken her to a groomer. I tried desensitizing her to the clippers, using praise and treats, etc. but nothing worked. During a google search, I came across an article on Cesar Millan's site that was about nail trimming and we followed the advice and we can now cut her nails without incident!

What we did was fill our bath tub high enough that she couldn't stand in the water and then let her swim. The point is to spend some of the dogs energy, and swimming is also great low impact therapy. It also softens their nails so they're easier to cut. When we took her out, she let us trim them. The article suggested putting the dog back in the water a second time (not to the point of them being exhausted though) if they still had issues. We only did this whole exercise once and I'm so glad we did.


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Douglas and I battle too.

I work in grooming. Fussing is nothing. I've dealt with huge dogs that bite over nails and take multiple people to contain for the procedure.

With my boy I roll him over and just go and he gets a firm NO when he tries to take over. He's learning fast.
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Take her to her vet. My vet does it for 10 dollars.
I always feel safe going that route.

Timmy has a lot of nails that are black, you cannot see the quick, in a black nail,

I tried doing it once and he started bleeding like crazy, we had flour on hand and to stop the bleeding

You just put flour on the nail. It was quite easy

But I will never go through that again.

Taking him to the vet is so much easier.
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I actually got lucky with this dog. :P The breeder where I got Star from actually got her used to people touching her paws, and I still massage her paws once a day. I place her back towards me and have her facing away from me and cut her nails. Only time she nips is when I cut too close.
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It takes both of us to clip nails. DH holds them and I clip. We both talk to them and they know they get cheese when we are done but they still don't like it. I like to do it once a week. So I dont need to take much off and it keeps them short.
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I have worked in grooming salons before as well and have cut plenty of nails and dealt with plenty of different dogs. The best thing I can say is to have plenty of patience. Usually with small dogs it is easiest to have someone else hold while the other clips, but if you cannot do that the best way to hold him is how you say you're doing it now. Try to not get the quick (the flesh within the nail) as this can hinder the training process. Just use plenty of positive re-enforcement as you have. You seem to be doing everything right, you just have to keep working at it. How old is Chloe? Has he had experience having his nails trimmed while he was a pup? That's the best time to start any type of grooming is when they're pups so that they are used to it. If that's not the case, he can still learn. Just keep at it and be patient and I'm sure he will get more used to it! Hope this helps you out a little
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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??
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