I dont know how other breeds are. But anyone out there that has/had a GSD, do you have trouble trying to Clip their Nails or Clean their Ears? I have 2, one old, one youngster. Neither one want you to mess w/their ears. Do any of you have any "clever" ways of doing this? One Vet (I no longer take my dogs to him), told me that next time I wanted his ears cleaned, he w/have to be sedated, & I noticed that there was a "chipped" or torn spot on one of his ears when I picked him up.
They are funny sometimes MIne have been clipped and groomed all their lives, now it seems like the older they get they are getting more stubborn. I have schnauzers(high maintance) and they will duck their head down or turn from side to side. Lower their head where it is hard to clipp nails. It sounds like yours may associate the cleaning of the ears with maybe an injury if the ear is torn. Are the ears cropped?
GSD do not have cropped ears GSD are also whiny cry babies with this kinda stuff. I normally lay my boy in my lap to do his ears or nails. I am firm with him and make him deal, he gives in after a bit.
My GSD knows when he sees the nail cutter lol! He will sit on the couch and I tell him to stay and I take his paws and do it. Every now and again he will pull away I think more from the pressure of the nail clipper, but he does not whine or make it a bother to me. He stays and does a good job. Same for ears. When he knows I have a treat for him when he is done he will stay for as long as needed! Try that. I show him the treat for when I clean the ears. I put it in front of him tell him to stay and then clean his ears. For the feet though I started out doing the samething now I can do them no prob and then we go and get a treat. GSD's are fun hey?!
***Edited By: holidayzbliss on 5/1/2006 11:10:11 AM*** Reason: spelling
I have heard that about gsd. Some dogs are like that if they aren't used to it either. A former vet of mine suggested playing with puppy's feet and ears to get them used to the contact so it would be easier in the future.
My GSD's dont have cropped ears. The chunk/spot I was referring to apparently was done at the vet, & I noticed it as soon as I saw him, & I voiced my concerns, thats when they told me he had to be sedated next time. I wasnt mad about how it looked, I was angry that they "hurt" him. I am trying the playing w/feet, rubbing ears for my 7 month old GSD pup, but it aint easy!!!!LOL It amazes me some of your stories about getting your dog to lay their head in your lap, or sit (w/a treat nearby) while you do their nails. I am also a little nervous about clipping the nails, & perhaps they can sense that in me. I'll have to work hard on the pup to see if I can achieve the same results. How long did it take you guys before the dogs became submissive (or obeyed) so you could handle these things?
I have always tried to get my dogs used to haveing their feet touched, Shiba's just don't like it from the start, both of mine will tolerate it if they are on the grooming table but to lay them down they freak out.
My Chow Chow was the funniest though, she used to lay down on her back down my legs and let me do it, after she was taught to anyhow. The first time I trimed heer naols at 12 weeks, she got so scared she peed on me so I quit of course, well the little bugger figured that if she peed everytime after that I would stop,LOL. Try to stop that problem, I had to find a downward slop lay her downhill and just work through the peeing, she gave up after 3 or 4 times then she was fine, little twerp.
Sorry, didn't realize he was a gsd. All I was seeing was that he had a cut ear and I was thinking maybe someone botched a cropped ears job. Just try a cotton ball with cleaner on it and be real easy with him until he gets used to it. Nails, I think are harder to get them use too than ear cleaning.
Affen made it sound like we were trying to murder her when we would clip nails...yes it was a two person operation. She didn't mind the ears since she loves to have them rubbed anyhow.
My solution was to pay the $33 to have her groomed - bath, brush, nails and ears - at PetSmart down the road. She loves the girl that does her and I don't have to feel like a murderer when I'm trying to clip them.
Having said what I did in first post, took Him to the Vet yesterday for some more eye cream, & check a couple other things, & asked if I c/get his nails clipped while there...........this one guy did it, & you w/have never thought it ever bothered him (the dog), he was like relaxed & cool about it. Go figure......I even had him muzzled, hmmmmmm...........
Tina threw such a fit today at the vets when they tried to cut her nails that they are going to wait until Monday when she has her dental cleaning and finish them when she is sedated. They can be stubborn little buggers. She would not even tee tee for them and couldn't wait to get home to go. What a spoiled little brat. She is a little chub-a-lub too and someone ask me if she was pregnant? Embarrassed me to death. I said no, she just likes to eat.