I have an 11 year old shar-pei who has refused getting his nails trimmed since he was a puppy. I began taking him to grooming places to get his nails trimmed and he would pee, try to bite and squirm like crazy to the point where I was asked at most grooming places not to bring him back. One vet recommended putting him under anesthesia to get them trimmed, I did a few times and of course it worked. But I know putting them under is not good for them because of the side effects- heart rate etc.. Can anyone please tell me how I'm suppose to trip his nails. They are huge but he scratches EVERYTHING.
I have trouble trimming my 13 lb rat terriers nails. He's so small that I feel like I am squishing him when I try to hold him still. I also have to put the clippers in a different place each time I am done because he remembers where I put them and will run away if I go into the same drawer every time! I have found that bribery seems to work best. I'll put a piece of cheese on the table in front of us and each time I am finished with a foot I'll break a piece off and give it to him. Good thing he loves food!
My mutt dog was that way. If I took her to the vet or groomer and put her on a table to do her nails it took hog tieing her, a muzzle and 4 people, and getting peed on. If I just laid on the floor with her and used the dremel she was fine. Maybe you need to try something different.
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I've used lots of different methods. For our dogs bribery with treats tends to get them too excited and jumpy for good nail clipping. The best way is of course to frequently touch and play with the dog's feet and keep telling them they are a good dog. Clippers with a guard on them to keep you from cutting too much off by mistake are a must. On a dog that is totally set on not letting you clip their nails I've found that I can wait till they are asleep-preferably on a sofa or bed so you can sit right up against them without arousing the dog's suspicions, turn on the tv (distracts them from being fully alert while they sleep is the best way I can describe it), sit right next to them (will wake them up for a second but they go back to sleep), snip one nail quickly and lay your hand flat on the clippers and look away. The dog will usually have tuned out the clipper noise assuming it was the tv and if the dog does look at your hand all it sees is your hand near it and goes back to sleep. They will also usually look at your face to see if you're up to something. I've been able to clip at least 2 paws at a time that way before the dog decides it is not getting a good nap and goes elsewhere. I'd be cautious of medicating an 11 year old dog as much as I would be of stressing it too much. Slow and sneaky when he sleeps is the way to go with this dog in my opinion.
that's how we did ours..... we had to tire him out... and once he was passed out... we'd do the nails... now he'll let us ONLY if he gets a real meat bone... we do the back ones while he's chewing on the bone... and then do the front ones... very very slowly.... so he doesn't get up and run... You just have to make sure you don't cut them too close... or they will bleed and he will NEVER let you near them again.. I learned that with my first dog..years ago... we have a tradition... everymonth on the 15th..we give our puppy (alaskan malamute) a shower, clip his nails and deworm and flea prevention... and every month on the 15th he enjoys his raw bone... GOOD LUCK
I gradually introduced my 6 yr old Shepherd/Lab mix to a cordless dremel when she was a pup. I just recently rescued a 1 yr old Pointer/Lab mix. At first she was afraid of the sound of the dremel, but after the second time she watched me sand down my older girls nails, she allowed me to do one of her nails. Now ( 3 months later) they both jump up on the bed when its "nailtime" & actually put their paws out to have them filed dowm. I recommend the dremmel because it is so much safer than risking the bleeding of the quick. Try it!
I had similar problem. Now I have my husband hold her over his shoulder which exposes her paws while she's holding onto his shoulder, then I give her a biscuit to chew on while I clip her nails. The biscuit distracts her.