I chickened out and had our dog Buster's nails trimmed by professionals the first two times. I have been trying to trim them for a wk now. As soon as I get near him with the trimmer he runs off. I have gotten as close as touching his foot. He doesn't mind us touching his feet at any other time.
For those of you who don't know, we adopted Buster a few months ago. We don't know his history or how he was treated before we got him. He is a lab/boxer? mix. Weighs 70 lbs so it isn't easy.
We tackled ear drops and mastered that, but none of the hints given have worked for this.
Any suggestions? Should I just keep taking him to the groomer and save myself the headache.
Never had this problem with our other dogs, but we started trimming their nails as puppies.
Our dog also disliked getting his nails trimmed, he would squrim and get nippy, so for a while I was taking him to the vet or Petsmart. We noticed once when he was having it done at PetSmart he is a lot more compliant when other dogs are in the room and he is distracted. So we tried again at home, distracting him with food.
We bought him this toy made by Busy Buddy (Premier) called the Groove Thing. It has since been discontinued but you can find it or something similar. You put Easy Cheese or peanut butter in the grooves and it takes a while for the dog to lick or bite the toy to eat it. Now my husband holds the dog on his lap and the toy in front of the dog's face while I trim nails.
For us this works well. Now when my dog sees the nail trimmer he gets all excited because he knows he is getting a treat.
I am in the same boat. My dogs LOVE thier feet being touched and dont mind it but they wont let me NEAR them with clippers, or anything in my hand for that matter. I just take mine to the groomer and get the whole "shabang" when I go (hair cuts, nail trimming, ect.) I dont know how they do it in there but it works.
On the other hand it is really important that your dog trusts you and allows you to handle his feet and trim his nails. Well GOOD LUCK!
With tito i would have him lay downa nd have the clippers in my back pocket and treats with me. So i would just pet him laying down pull the trimmers out and keep peting him, then put the clippers near his feet and pet him. Then touching his feet and pet him. also giving treats during all this. Then i would have some one come over and pet him and take only a tiny bit off each nail. I would do 1 paw a day. now he dosnt mind it. It took about a month to make him stand getting his nails done.
my puppy has to be taken to the vets. he hates it for some reason?.. does it hurt or somthing. i gave up doing it my self it took for ever and stressed him out and noone new how to hold him right or if i held him i was scared someone like my boyfriend would mess it up and cut them to short or somthin. but at the vet there quick and hes starting to give in a little but to.
My Max is a nightmare when it comes to his feet. He was also a rescue and we don't know why he acts like this. But I make sure that anybody that has to deal with him understands that so they will feel sorry for him instead of thinking he is bad. He's a wonderful dog as long as you don't try to do something to him. I have a groomer who only charges me $4 for all 4 paws and it's so embarrasing to pay so little that I always give them more or bring smoothies or milkshakes for everybody. I dread it every time but they are so patient with him. It actually took us 6 years to come up with the way we do it now. And we can't believe how dumb we were before. He is 65 pounds. We have to muzzle him so he won't nip. I sit in a chair with him in my lap facing out with his four legs sticking out, they put a towel against my head because the first time he nearly cracked my skull thrashing around, then one groomer holds his paws and the other swoops in with the trimmer. We have it down to about 5 minutes total and he barely knows what hit him. Everybody's stress has gone way down now. And Max knows there are cookies waiting in the car when we are done.
When I groomed, I used to trim feet with a treat clenched between my teeth. This helped with most of the dogs, except those that had to be restrained.
I had a few who were so used to this that they would take the treat out of my mouth while I was working.
My Dax hates to have her feet done and she is terrified of the folks at PetSmart, so I get the clippers and/or dremmel and lay them on the floor. Then I get out the peanut butter and smear it all over Dax's muzzle. Then I put her on the floor, sit down beside her and do the nails.
She still hates it, but the distraction of getting the peanut butter off helps a lot.
I think the idea of doing the feet every day with a special treat is a REALLY REALLY GOOD one. Basically you are conditioning the dog to allow the trimming.
But that is a lot of work and you could just go to PetSmart once a month. It's much easier.