How to clip a VERY resistant dog's nails?!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@lealorali:  We take our dog to the groomers to get it done.  For some reason he doesn’t fight them (he’s a rescue too) as much as he fights us.  Otherwise it sounds like we’re torturing him and it’s incredibly stressful on everyone (he doesn’t bite, just squirms like crazy and makes the most horrific sounds).

Super cute pic by the way!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lealorali:  We rescued an American Staffordshire Terrier(pitbull family) and he DOES NOT allow it. Guess what our vet said? Sedate him and bring him in lol

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@lealorali:  I’m going to second the groomer suggestion. I’ve found that they are more comfortable with our dogs (in terms of cutting nails) and have a better set up for cutting nails. Our dog is less afraid of the place too… I think she associates the vet with shots and being sick. Our other dog, who we lost earlier this summer, hated the clippers but let us dremmel so that might be worth a try too. just do it in short spurts, though because it gets quite hot. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am thirding the groomer suggestion.  My pug was fairly resistent about getting her nails trimmed at the vet and did not cooperate at all.  I tried doing it myself, but ended up with scratches and I knicked her quick (which made me feel uber guilty and sad).  However, we found a good groomer at our local pet store, and she did really well for her.  Unfortunately, the pet store we went to stopped offering grooming services, so now we have to find someone new.  *sigh*

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@lealorali:  We have a resistant dog and the groomer is the only one able to do her nails… and she rounds them not just cuts, which is awesome. We tried holding her, distracting with peanut butter, didnt work so we gave up and now the groomer is one of my favorite people!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Both our dogs hate getting their nails clipped, but since we started letting them run around in the (mostly cement) backyard they have been keeping themselves short, we haven’t had to clip them in at least a year. Before that, we made the groomer do it–we were too afraid of hurting them.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

our dog is a rescue and also hates her nails being trimmed, I found a local groomer that’s a pet-loving lady and she’s very “comforting” to my dog. She recommends that when our dog is lounging around to rub the pads of her paws and around her nails to get her used to being touched there and relieve anxiety of when the time comes to get them trimmed. I don’t take her to a Petco or anything of that nature, for the simple fact that I dont feel like they’re sensitive enough to her being a previously abused rescue.. so I found someone that I liked and was comfortable with. I can drop her off at 7am and pick her up after work and she’s groomed and happy with a treat in bag ready to head home. I also find it difficult with dogs that move around and resist to get the right level of trim on their nails – too short hurts them so I trust someone that knows what they’re doing.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also think bringing your dog to the groomer’s would be worth it.  I know when we first got our pup we were told to make sure to play with her paws often so she gets used to people handling her.  She still doesn’t love getting her nails clipped, but it’s doable.

Maybe also try to rub and play with her paws more often so she gets used to being touched.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Have you tried a dremel?   Just don’t hold it on the nail too long, it warms up pretty quickly.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Rewards!

Have someone else hold onto a few treats in their hand (letting her taste it but not quite giving it to her) Just enough to keep her mind preoccupied and keeping her interested in the treat.Then in the meantime you clip one nail at a time. (just do a little at a time if you cant see the vein in the nail to avoid making her bleed cus then she’ll associate it with pain and your back at square one). If she doesn’t run away, meet that with lots of praise and a treat. Don’t hold her down or make it a punishment.

The goal is to get your dog to associate the nail clipper with a positive thing instead of a negative.

Slow and steady. Try just do one paw and then take a break.

If your alone you start out with one nail, treat, another nail, treat. Eventually you push it down to a treat every few nails or every paw and then down to just lots of praise and a treat after.

My dog HATES getting her nails trimmed and she’d run away and hide under the bed. But now she’ll squirm and try and pull back her paw but she usually won’t run away. Actually if she does run i get all worried that i hurt her… which has happened :(. I use the same idea for anything she doesn’t like… bath time, teeth brushing, when we had to give her ear drops, or when we put the flea and tick stuff on her. She doesn’t look forward to it by any stretch of the imagination but she tolerates it and stays and lets me do it which is really all that I can ask for.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@lealorali:  Do you walk her a lot? I walk my dog probably a total of 2-3 miles a day and have never had to have his nails trimmed. He would def be an ahole about it, I’m sure.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lealorali:  I think around where I am a lot of groomer’s (sometimes at kennels too) will charge between $5 and $10 to clip nails.  I don’t know if that’s typical though. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lealorali:  Mine does too. We make the groomer do it haha. It costs about $10 and we go every 4-6 weeks or when her nails look they need it.

We tried to do it ourselves. The first time, the clippers we bought broke on her first nail. The second time, she struggled and threw a fit until we gave up. The third time, I was so ready to do it. I waited until she was in a nice mellow mood. I brushed up on technique, which was really important since our dog has black nails and you can’t see the quick. After a very traumatic half hour for both the dog and myself (in which I only managed to cut ONE nail), I decided that maybe a groomer wasn’t the worst thing in the world. 

Money well spent. She fights them too, but they know what they’re doing in terms of where to cut and two groomers will work together to do it. Our dog weighs about 80lbs.

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