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

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ugh, I feel your pain.  Our dog is 5 now and she fights like a demon when we try to cut her nails.  We’ve had her since she was 7 weeks old and she never really cared until a few years ago when she broke her dew claw running on some icy snow.  She had to have the vet clip it off and ever since then she hates having her nails cut.  She’s so smart too, even if she can’t see the clipper coming, as soon as I’m in position to pull the trigger, she pulls her paw out.  Anyway, her nails do get really long even with daily walking on the sidewalks.  Luckily her nails are white and easy to cut, so when we try to go at it, we take her on our small front balcony so she can’t get away.  Last time we used a rotisserie chicken and I was able to cut most of her nails.  My husband holds her and I cut.

Post # 33
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

If you’re unconfortable doing it your self I wouldn’t attempt to. You’ll be more likely to quick the dog and that will hurt. If it were me, don’t feed the dog treats, the whole time it’s freaking out, that only reinforces the behavior (like…Hey if I act FREAKED OUT I will recieve yummy treats!) I would just suggest taking her to your local groomers, they are experienced to do this. More than likely they won’t “noose” your dog, they may put a slip lead on her just so she won’t run off, and they may muzzle her, but trust me the muzzle does not hurt them, it protects everyone from being bit including your dog. Even if your dog doesn’t try to bite you, she may try to bite someone she doesn’t know. My sister has been a phenomenol dog groomer for about 10 years now and I used to bathe her dogs, been clipping dog toe nails for while now. Good luck.

Post # 35
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My dog HATES getting her nails clipped. Not kidding, she has successfully fought off me, my Fiance, 3 professional groomers, and our beloved vet.

So I use a Dremmel. Got it at Walmart for $16 a couple years ago. I just need to replace the sand bit things every couple of months when they’ve worn down. They’re only like, $4/6-pack at Home Depot. Waaaaaay cheaper than getting a “Pet Dremmel.” I’ve compared them. They’re the same damn thing, except the Pet version has a cute lil pic of a paw print on it. Psh. Now worth the extra $35 mark up, IMO.

Oh, and my dog doesn’t mind the sound of the Dremmel, but she doesn’t like having to stay in a down position for that long while I grind away at her nails. So I either break it up into 2-3 sessions or I give her a lot of breaks with treats every so often. Takes longer but at least it’ll get the job done!

Post # 35
1 posts

lealorali:  I looked at the post you left. Boy can I sympathize with you. I have 2 dogs a Pittbulls and a boxer American bulldog mix. These 2 are like Satan’s little helpers. The groomers looks like a murder scene after we finish. We have found that not putting them on the table makes a huge difference. They are actually angels then.

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