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Old 02-22-2010, 11:09 AM
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Question Trimming Nails?

Does anyone have an easy way of doing this?
Ozzys nails are getting long so i bought a pair of the guillotine style nail clippers.
The front paws are fine i managed to do them no problem...but the back paws!
how on earth do i manage that, without having someone else hold him?
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I lie jake on his back up against my chest, he happily sits there till his claws are cut then I give him a treat for being a good boy.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:12 AM
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Thanks Deme, that's what i was trying, but he's really squirmy! He doesn't like lying on his back at all =(
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:15 AM
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haha this is what i do too. if im on my own. I just tuck them under my arm although back paws can be awkward then lol
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:23 AM
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Lie him on his back and gently stroke his toes, if he moves say "Agh" or "No", but dont take your hand off his paw, when he stops wriggling take your hand away.

Keep repeating this until he is happy to lie there then progress to holding his paw as though your gonna cut them but don't cut at this stage.

Again once you can handle his paw as you wish then try cutting the claws, by this stage he should be okay about it.

It should only take a few days at most if you release and reward at the right time.

I have never had a problem with Jake as I taught him to sit quiet after he'd only been with me a few days
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:26 AM
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thanks deme i'll give that a go.
He sits quiet enough, and like i say,fine with front paws while hes sitting on my lap. its just the awkward-ness of him wanting to play with the clippers i think! =)
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:32 AM
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Funny, I can just picture him thinking the clippers are a game and their claws are tiny enough to clip without them wriggling around lol
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Rico wants to EAT the clippers...he is a nightmare about this. I brush his teeth with more cooperation. You girls have it good it seems.
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