Our 1 year old Chi won't let us clip her nails. She's a rescue and I'm not sure how anyone actually did it, unless they took her to the vet for it. We purchased real good clippers - to detect the right spot, and also a good auto-tool to file them down --- but she won't hold still to get it done. She pulls her paws back - squirms and yipes..before you even touch her.
Take it slow, especially if you dont know if she has had it done before. Can someone help you, see if they can keep her attention on a treat, like dehydrated chicken breast, something really good, while you clip the nails, give her a piece with each nail you clip. Always end it on a good note, even if you are not done.
I have the same problem with my Cocker/Pekinese mix. We have been battling this since she was a puppy. Her vet cut them the last time and she just freaked out! I've had my husband put some peanut butter on his hand and try to get her to focus on that instead but she fights and it's impossible to restrain her and I'm afraid that I will hurt her if I hold too tight. I bought the "Pedi-Paws" thinking this may not scare her as much. She still fights and wiggles so much that I can't hold her. If anyone has any ideas or information that can help, please post it! We are running out of ideas! Oh, and she is almost 3 years old and we have been trying to touch her paws and relax her since she was 2 months old.
i have two chis and it sounds dangerous but hold the dog out from your body while standing up and have someone clip them ive been doing this with my dogs for years just make sure the person holding the dog is strong
The holding the dog out method does work but if the holder is not experienced the dog can get hurt or dropped. I have been triming nails for years and years and can always do a dog no one else can, so I will give you some ideas, but the MOST important thing is to REMAIN calm, confident and assured, For small dogs I sit on a couch in the corner so you have the arm rest next to you to help keep the dog from sliding back or getting away, get the dog in a cuddle postion with your arm going under their body and holding the leg you intend to trim the nails on, I hold the dog FIRMLY close to me and when I start I just hold the paw for a few minute with out cutting until the dog RELAXES, When a dog is stressed they will not eat so having treats is optional,sometimes I will even PET the DOG with the nail trimmers, I know that sounds wierd but it is all association, once the dog is relaxed I TRIM 1 nail, Then I wait again for RELAX then trim next nail, and so on. Now you can also Wrap a small dog in a towel like a buritto, The hind legs always seem to be the hardest and this might be easier having some else hold sitting down with them holding firmly and you can reach under the body and do one nail at a time. ALSO IF you or anyone LETS GO of the dogs while they are squirming the dog will know it can get its way and do it everytime. EVEN if you can only get ONE nail a day this way you are making progress. I REALLY NEVER let anyone hold a dog in the air that is not EXPERINCED beacause it is so easy to get bit that way and in the face, dogs get stressed and will bite!! especially when it comes to nails. Good luck, If you were close I could show you :) HEY maybe I should make a video, mmmm an idea.
I have 3 chihuahuas. The mother we found and it is almost impossible for me to clip her nails. She screams like she is being seriously hurt but when I take her to the groomer she is fine. It may be because they use a dremel instead of clippers. The other 2 I have raised from pups and they tolerate it. If you clip them more often the quik will become shorter and you can keep their nails shorter; my friend the dog handler says.