I have a 3-year-old dachshund who freaks out even when I turn on the vacuum. I have the hardest time getting him to let me cut his nails. I've tried everything, anti-anxiety vitamin thingy's, benadryl, etc to get him to mellow-out enough to let me clip his nails. And none of it works. He freaks the freak out and whips his whole body around like a tornado until you have no choice but to let him go. I am at my wits end. His nails are way too long. Does anyone have any helpful hints?
Hi, I have a 90 pound black lab and had the same problem. My dog now lays down next to me on the couch and lets me do his nails on a weekly basis. One weekend morning I got my daughter and the three of us went into a bedroom and closed the door. She helped me hold Max down until he let me clip his nails. It was not an easy process we ended up with Max squashed in a corner trying to get away from us, we were in that room for 1 1/2 hours! By the end of the 1 1/2 hours all three of us were exhausted. The important thing is to let him know that you are NOT giving up and he MUST stick around until you are done. If he knows he will eventually get released for bad behaviour he will continue the bad behaviour. As each clipping went the process took a little less time, but still exhausting. Then, I heard about the product called Pawdicure (I promise I am just a dog loving dog owner, I am not working for any company giving you a sales pitch) and figured it was worth a try. When the product came in I did not start using it for about a month. Each day I would bring it out and call Max over. We started with it just sitting in my hand. When he smelled it I said good boy, patted him, scratched his ears, and gave him a treat (I got some special treats that he loves). A few days after that I turned it on low and let him smell it then gave a treat. Then I'd turn it up to medium, then high (followed by a treat). I'd then alternate keeping it off, turning it on, just sitting it on his leg when he was laying down. An entire month of him getting a yummy treat everytime he looked at or smelled it or walked near it. After that month Max was VERY excited everytime I brought the pawdicure out. My daughter and I headed into the bedroom with Max. This time we got on the bed, my daughter layed next to him and helped hold his leg as I started. We did this about every two weeks. In the days in between I continued with the pulling it out and giving treats. Anyway, after about 4 Pawdicure sessions we got to the point that Max and I could sit on the couch in the living room. We no longer need to be locked in a small space or need any help from a third person. I attribute some of the success to that first day where Max learned that I WAS GOING TO WIN, NOT HIM. Additionally, I really like this product because I am not nervouse about cutting his nail to short, which I also think dogs can sense, with this product Max knows that I am not nervous. Well that's my long story about converting Max, good luck with pup.