Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:19 PM
The Dog Whisperer would probably advocate getting the dog into a "calm, submissive state" which for Caesar seems to be an easy task. I think we need to buy some tranquilizers. Is it possible to train my dog to allow us to clip his nails? Any tricks? Id rather do it myself because the vet charges for such a service.
Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:00 PM
"Learning for all animals is a lifetime commitment. Just as education for humans does not end with a high school diploma or a college degree, so the graduation certificate after eight weeks of training class does not end Flash's brush with scholarship. Dogs learn constantly, but they may not be learning the things you planned to teach."
Norma Bennett Woolf --from a Dog Trainer's Guide
Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:10 PM
First thing is what to look for and how to clip without hurting your pup.
With black dogs that have black nails it can be more difficult to see the part that is nail and the part that is flesh.
Light or clear nails are easy because you can see through the nail somewhat.
However, if you look at the nail from the BOTTOM you can see the fleshy part really easily.
I drew a picture of what it looks like from the bottom.
By always cutting while looking at the underside of the nail I have NEVER caused my dog pain.
Well THIS dog anyway. I learned about this with Harley and it has really been a godsend.
Never hurt them and they won't be afraid.
I began with Harley using clicker training methods and tiny steps.
If you need info on how to clicker train there are MANY good sites and books to help you.
Google is your friend.
By tiny steps I mean don't expect the dog to just sit there and let you clip at first. I didn't even clip a nail at all at first.
I would take the clippers and touch a nail. CLICK + TREAT I did this for about 10 minutes a couple of times a day for several days. When she was comfortable with that I actually opened the clippers and put a nail in the cutting area of the clippers .. CLICK + TREAT.. Slowly I worked up to actually clipping a nail.
When we first started actually clipping I would click and treat her after every nail.
When we got to the point where she would relax for the clipping I started doing two nails before clicking then three... working up to being able to do a whole foot before clicking and treating.
It is slow going sometimes but it wasn't that long till she would hold still for all four feet and then I reward her for being so good.
Some people teach their dog to lay down for clipping. I imagine it is easier to get the dog to relax and not try to walk away. I personally prefer Harley standing. I pick up a foot and bend it so I can see the bottom. (kind of like shoeing a horse I guess)
I can't do enough to make a difference for every dog in the world
But I can do all I know how to make a world of difference for for this dog
Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:09 PM
You could always try that as a last resort!
Posted 12 January 2008 - 10:36 AM
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