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Q: I have 6 dogs of which 2 will not allow me to clip their nails. Any suggestions?

March 13, 2008 | By Debbie | 9 answers | Expired: 2363 days ago

One is Dalmatian mix about 65 lbs and the other about 17 lbs.

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amy c.
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Mar 19, 2008

Take your pet to a groomer... alot of times they have more products or tables that will make yoru dog calmer.. plus they are proffesionals and will be able to take care of it faster & easier which will stress your dog out less

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Theresa
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Mar 17, 2008

My skye terrier used to be the same way. He would chew us up if we tried to clip his nails. I took him to our vet who is a large man. He told me the dog had us buffaloed. He said it was a behavior issue and he was winning the battle. He made me hod the dog while he trimmed his nails. Oscar never once snarled, growled, or moaned about getting his nails trimmed. The vet then held Oscar and had me trim a foot. I did, no moaning, growling, biting or snarl. I can not trim him at home without the vets assistance. I guess I just needed to show him I was the boss and I was going to do this.

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Kayla90
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Mar 16, 2008

I have that same problem with one of my dogs. He is a papillon, so he is a little smaller, but I have someone hold him and try to prevent him from biting or squirming around, and then cut his nails. If he is too stressed, then I let him take a break and finish later. Also, if he is too agressive, then I put a muzzle on him.
To amke him trust me more, I touch his feet when he is calm and just laying down next to me. It seems to be working a little bit.

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Sara S.
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Mar 14, 2008

you might need to take them to a vet and have them sedated- but try taking them to a professional groomer 1st.

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Sthurby
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Mar 14, 2008

Get them use to you touching their paws start slow and easy. Use the command "let me see" then touch their ears use same command. then the teeth same sommand. Then after a few days of this rub your finger between the toes and you "see." Some dogs aren't raised as pups and the neuriological filling is whjat they don't like. It isn't natural to them to feel this on their feet. Work with them and eventually they will submit to the process.

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Diane Y.
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Mar 13, 2008

We actually use a Dremel tool to "cut" our dogs' nails. It took awhile to get them used to it, we started slowly - just put the tool up to their toes. Then we turned it on low and touched it to their nails, then they let us actually file a little down, now they let us file them down. We always give them lots of little treats along the way and we never do it for very long. It's a great alternative to regular clipping, no bleeding and no fighting. They don't love it, but they don't hate it as much as clipping. You can Google "dremel dog nails" and you'll find a great website with detailed instructions.

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Donna G.
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Mar 13, 2008

When you take your dogs for walks, are you walking on a variety of surfaces? Dogs who are only indoors or only walked on soft surfaces usually don't wear their nails down as readily. I used to have a dog who did not like to be in the house. He had a house outside. I walked him everyday a couple times a day at least. All of our walking was done on concrete and/or asphalt. His nails were naturally kept short because of the surface he would most often walk on.

I do agree with the other two answers in the sense that if your dogs get used to having their feet handled then maybe you can get them used to having their nails clipped.

I would try the natural steps first. Take your dogs for walks on sidewalks and roads. The rough surface will grind the excess nails away naturally.

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TeriWarner
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Mar 13, 2008

IN MY EXPERIENCE YOU JUST HAVE TO EARN THEIR TRUST. MAKE IT A NORMAL ACTIVITY TO PLAY WITH THEIR FEET THEN WORK INTO IT

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Lisa
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Mar 13, 2008

It's very hard to say how to make them like something they haven't liked so far, but make sure they let you touch there paws even when you are not going to clip them. If you make it so that they can pick up the trend with touching paws and clipping nails, they will never like it. But if you try and get them to get used to you grabbing their paws randomly and a lot, they should grow to have less of a problem with it... I hope that helps!

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