Nail Trimming

by Fergy
(PEI)

My wife has a 4 year old GP that has to be vet. sudated inorder to cut her nails. Lately the sudatation is no longer effective and the vet is suggesting either full IV general knockout or therapy. Question one; how long will not cutting her nails have no consequences? Q2; does anyone want a GP?

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Nail Trimming
by: Donna

There is a much better way to do this. It's not good for your dog to be sedated so much.

You need to clip those nails every couple of weeks otherwise the dews will grow into his pads and the rest of nails will grow so much they will make him lame.

Here is
great information by Susan Garrett on just this. Everyone has a slightly different way to do it. It's what works best for you but it's always about having a confident dog who wants to do things for you.

The dog is only as good as the trainer. The dog is doing the best he can, given the education has has in the environment in which he is.

You need to work with your dog to let him know that it is a good thing to have the nails done.

I have a dog who used to run from me. He would also get nasty if we tried to do them. He now comes to me when I start the dremmel up and lies on his bed without a word from me. I did the following:

So, you need to work with your dog so transfer of values is through you.

Start by touching your dog's foot, high value treat to him, then another foot, high value treat etc.

Once he accepts that then, when he is lying down, touch a toe, treat, touch next toe, treat and on like that.

Once he accepts that, then touch a trimmer/dremmel(not running) to a toe and treat and do all toes like that including all dew claws.

Then, scissor your nail cutters but don't touch his nails, yet. Do that to a few toes, and a high value treat each time you open and close trimmers at each nail.

When he accepts that, take a tiny bit off a nail and then high value treat. Keep going as long as he is comfortable, and treat each time he is quiet as you do a nail. Just take a tiny bit off each nail as long as he is okay with it.

If at any point he's had enough, stop working on him. Throw some high value treats down for him to take.

Take a break and do some more the next day.

You won't progress through all steps in one day. Go through them slowly. Read your dog's body language. Make it a good experience for him. Only work on him as long as he will accept it. It will only be a few minutes each time.

And, again, use high value treats that are high value to him. Bits of roast of beef or liver treats maybe.

This may take months to get through since it sounds like he has not had a good experience with this.

You can also work through this the same way with the static dremmel once he will accept touching of his feet. Start running the dremmel in the background, and treat him. Leave it for the day and do it again the next day. Bring the dremmel closer to him and treat, treat, treat. Good boy! Always praise and treat.

If you work through this, you will have a dog who won't mind having his nails done. And, in fact, will come right over to you for it. Do not give treats first. You want to shape the dog so when he gives you a good behaviour, then he gets the treat.

Be patient, be kind to your dog. He's doing his best.

I don't really think you want to give him. Get yourself trained : )

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