Today was nail clipping day for both our puggies. Our older dog, who's usually pretty good during this, had some issues and freaked out. Then, we went to clip the puppy's nails, who has had them done before with no incident; and he freaked, too! And when I say freaked, I mean FREAKED out. He yelped and cried and did everything to get away.. and nothing bad happened - the quick didn't get cut...I don't understand the sudden problems.
I feel for you, Mollie flips out when i clip her nails. I also have to hold her down and do it. We cant go to the groomers, because last time she tried to bite her. (stupid groomer put a muzzle that was too small on her)
We had a similar situation with Baxter. I can touch his paws all day every day, but if he sees the clippers the freaking out begins. He also has never had a negative experience that I know of (unless it happened when he was at the vet!) He used to be great about it, then BOOM. --I've had my husband and two teens try to help me and you can't hold this 15 pound bichon good enough to clip his nails safely! So we've resorted to using a nail sanded type thing--like a dremel tool. THAT he doesn't mind. --He also couldnt care les swhen I use the trimmers on the bottom of his feet to clear the hair between his pads. It's JUST the nail clippers he has issues with--and I've tried different ones, same reaction.
I use the technique of rubbing the dogs feet when they are next to me to get them use to being touched and sometimes even have the nail clippers in my hand and rub it on and around the feet at the same time (not trying to clip the nails at this time) Then when I do itís not a new object in my hand all of a sudden when it does come time to clip. I also start out slowÖif it is a pup try doing it when it is sleeping and just coming out of his/her sleep one nail or two then stop. I also have food ready so that after the dog gives me the paw I give a treat, then I place the clippers at the foot and rub it next to the nail and then give a treat. Then I take the paw again and clip one nail and give a treat. I do this just to start then itís one treat per nail cut. I use my dogs food as the reward just one little kibble per nail cut.
Well, thanks for the input. I'll try separating them next time, maybe the anxiety did rub off on the other. I do make it a point to touch their feet and get treats while clipping; and I will continue to do that, too. Hopefully, it will be a one-time problem. Or next time I'll just sedate them both! Hahaha! Just kidding.