Nail trimming *ugh*

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So my boy is less then fond of having his nails trimmed. We haven't had any bad experiences with it, no terrible cuticle cuts, no split nails, etc...

He just really seems to hate it! I try to have my boyfriend help control him and even then its difficult and in order for me to get all 4 paws I have to do 2 in one sitting and the other 2 a few days later. It gets to be really tiring trying to control this 85lb hunk of muscle.

I've been using the normal store bought cutters for large breeds. I've also been wary of giving him any treats afterwards because I don't want to reenforce how negative he's acting about it.

Any suggestions, tips, tricks, different cutters perhaps? ANY help would be very much appreciated.

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For my collie Goofy who was squirmy with everything, not snippy, just wiggly and yanking his feet, I began with the dremel tool made for paws, I liked it cause it caught the dust from the filings in an enclosed case, it's called pedipaws, anyway it has a slot for the nail and you just hold the nail for a second or two - any longer and it will annoy and burn the nail or cut to close, so I would call Goofy over and do something he liked, like brush him, or a belly rub and then I would start the dremel and let him get used to the sound, I kept that up for a few times of belly rubs and brushing, then I would start it and let it sit there, while it was humming I would pick up his feet and say "oooo let me see your toes" and I would play with his feet, then I would take the dremel and just barely touch his nail and then rub the belly or brush him, when he laid his head back down I would do it again, and eventually he got to where he heard the dremel and would come and lay down and go to sleep while I did his nails, it took a long time to work him up to this but it was well worth it since his nails grew like crazy. Now my chihuahua will have none of it, NONE, so I take him to the vet and they clip them quickly and effortlessly and its worth the $13 so weigh your options.....

I always dremmel all of my dogs nails, take a look at this site http://www.doberdawn.com/doberdawn/dremel.html

Mine get treats afterwards and they look forward to it. When it is time to do nails they plop down and let me do grind them and the favorite part is afterwards when they jump up and run to the fridge to see what great cookie they get.

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I also dremmel DJ's nails.   Used to do it with her standing and would just raise up one foot at a time, but lately, she has decided to lay on the bed and let me do her toenails.  Works for me.  The main thing is to hold each toe that you are working on firmly so the dremmel doesnt vibrate it too much.  It's much quicker and easier for me to dremmel a thick black nail than to try to clip it.

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A trick that I use, is to dremel the sides first, leaving sort of a point... makes it so much easier as Sofia's nails are big, hard and seem to grow over night.

If I hold the nail itself, she seems to be better about allowing the process.. I had seen the link that Desiree posted.. it's wonderful!!

Treat Treat TREAT... I have one sitting on the table beside me and give Sofia a teeny bit after every second or third nail.. I think it's the tickle of the vibrations that bothers her.. so holding the nail itself eliminates it to a degree..

Also Chapter 16 in Life With a DoberDiva describes it perfectly... LOL

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I'm definitely going to have to look into a dremel then. Thank you guys so much for answering!!

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Haven't tried the dremmel but I'll look in to it. Argo gradually has gotten better at letting me trim his nails over time. At first I would do a few every week with my husband holding him because when we first got him they were long so I had to gradually cut them back anyway to shorten the quicks. Now he lets me do it by myself with little fuss. Even if he acted a bit nutty in the beginning, if I was successful in clipping the nail, he got a treat. I know it is frustrating but if it doesn't become a positive experience, it will always be a fight. Same with my cats - I can cut their nails on my own now because I plied them with treats.

definitely dremel!  I've been dremeling nails for 10 years now ..... sooooo much better. 

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We gave up and now take Harley into the vet every other week to have them do it.  They give us a discounted price because we are "frequent Flyers."

Ellie's nails are so small and tiny that it wasn't a problem for us to clip them.  Harley's doberman nails are another story.  At the vet they clip then follow up with the dremmel.  

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Alexis goes to the vet every 10 to 12 weeks and gets the nailes cut AND it takes our Vet who is a big guy - me and another tech to hold her down!!! But the entire time we are doing it - she is wagging her tail and screaming! When the toes are all done...she gets off the table and looks at all of us ... like... WELL WHERE THE HELL IS MY TREAT!!! lol!  No way would I try it myself! My first dobie... Zeus ... many years ago... would tuck his feet under his body and you werent cutting those nails! We had to rassle him big time !!! LOL! Rena

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I start them as puppies playing with their feet like Talisin and rndobermans. Make it a fun experience. Stella used to fall asleep in my lap when I dremmeled her nails and would actually push the other dogs out of the way so she could be first...

Can't imagine ever using a regular nail cutter on Dobey nails!