Doesn't like nails trimmed

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I have a six month old doberman that I cannot get her nails trimmed.  I have a pedipaw and regular clippers and have tried slowly introducing both to her and giving her treats for sitting next to them, but the second I put one to her toes she freaks out.  The vet has cut her nails twice, but I would like to be able to do this at home, any other suggestions?

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I have had this problem with all the dogs I have ever had. What I do is just kinda lay on them so that they cant move "this is what the vet does" saying good boy/girl the whole time.This can be hard because they will cry and whimper and break your heart,but you know your not hurting them so it's OK. Then I am sure not to cut the quick even if this means not really doing anything the first few times and only touching their feet and turning the grinder on. Eventually I start cutting just the tips.If you hurt them these first few times then your in for it. After a while they just start laying there more bored than anything else and you can do a better job. The best way for me was to start messing with their feet when they are real young or as soon as I get them. Maybe someone knows an easier way but this always worked well for me hope it helps.

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Yeah, the best thing is getting them used to nail trimming young and often without hitting that quick.

So, when you touch her foot with the pedipaw, and she freaks out, what is your reaction?

If you try to comfort her remember this is reinforcing her fear. If she starts acting foolish treat her like it. Tell her firmly 'No' and don't let your mother feelings come out. "Amires, you ninny, stop that... You're fine..."

Our adult Dobermans are trained well enough I can tell them to sit and stay - so regardless of how much they protest they know to stay and let Daddy do his thing.

With other dogs, we double team them. I wrap my hand around their muzzle (this imitates a dominate behavior superior dogs do to subordinates) while they stand and my wife handles one foot at a time.

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Thanks for the advice.  My husband is a strong guy so I guess I'll just let him hold her while I do one paw at a time.  I'm still not sure whether the standard clipper or the pedi paw is better for her feet though.

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Good luck!

When we took Scout to her very first vet appointment, the doctor cut just a little bit too much off one of her nails and...

She is a year and a half old and we can only just now trim her nails without a bunch of drama.  Horseatingweeds is right: You just have to be as matter-of-fact as possible and prove to the mutt that it doesn't hurt, there's not any reason to be afraid, and that it's going to happen anyway so she can just chill out.