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Old 06-13-2007, 10:32 PM   #1
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so trying to clip her nails is virtually impossible. She doesnt cry or anything. But she just wont hold still. And if she keeps moving her paws, i'm almost guaranteed to clip to the quick.

So any suggestions on how i can clip the nails of a just about 5 month old german shep puppy?

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Old 06-13-2007, 10:35 PM   #2
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It is best to try it after a long, hard exercise session. Wear her lil butt out & then get her lying down & calm her with massage, etc. Then, just try a few at a time. Proceed slowly & calmly & see if you can make some progress. Lots of her favorite treats while she's being cooperative too.

If that doesn't work, you might want to try a Dremel tool.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:42 PM   #3
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hmm...if i have to wear her out first, how am i supposed to have enough energy after to do anything?

I guess i'll give that a try. And if that fails, i dont have a dremel tool, but how about a power sander?

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at petco when we have a dog that just wont stop moving their legs, paws and even toes, yes toes we start out like this...
have two people just so the dog doesnt wiggle it's body around and end up knocking you in the head or your hand slipping and cutting far more then necessary.
then the person holding the body puts their hand up their "armpit" and just holds their arm, it's kinda prevents them from having any sudden movements. I mean they still do, but since the hand is there, the movement isnt so "BAM" it's just a minor move and can easily be done quickly and painlessly.
The other person will be holding the paw of the dog and doing the nails.
give it try, hope all goes well
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LOL, not sure I'd try the power sander but a regular nail file might work for you. I'd give Coco-bean's idea a try. Sounds like a good one to me.
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I agree with the "wear her out" thing.

You don't need a dremel. I use a heavy emory/emery board on Ming. But I can get him to hold still. I think the dremel would freak him out though he would adjust.

However, there's another thing that's as good as a dremel tool - there are inexpensive nail kits you can get at most cosmetics stores. They're aren't as loud or as fast as Dremels so you have a little more control and might be easier for the dog to adjust to. The dremel can burn through material pretty quick - at least mine will. She's just a pup so I imagine her nails are still pretty fine compared to an adult.

But do tire her out. I take Ming out on the back porch where he loves to stretch out on the carpet. He gets annoyed and jerks his foot now and then so I try to keep treats there to reward him for when he holds still and lets me work.
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The other thing you can do is play with her paws as much as possible. Get her used to you holding them, manipulating them, fussing with the toes etc. The more she gets used to it, the easier it will be.
Also you can try cutting one or two at a time and rewarding her with a treat. Eventually you can work your way up to a full paw in one session!
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thank you for this thread! So wear them out huh? nice!you guys have good ideas.. thanks!

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First, wait til she's sleepy, then when she's dozing do it. I also put baby oil on their nails so I can see the quick.

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All great suggestions.


Can you get someone to help you hold the pup ? You don;t want to fight with your pup but if there is another person there to praise and distract your pup it helps. I had to do this with my two for a fairly long time before I got them to let me clip their nails alone.

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