How to stop my bichon being aggressive during nail cuttings?
She is a year and a half old, and during nail cutting she shrieks, scratches, bites, growls, kicks, and flails around.
I tried a nail grinder, and that seemed to scare her -- but with the nail clippers she isn't scared, just horrible. After an hour of this, with only one nail cut, I put her down and she wags her tail and is all happy again.
Please help -- she needs her nails cut and a groomer won't touch her. I am lost as to what to do!
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I used to have a similar problem with my dachshund chihuahua, he has black nails so I was even more nervous on top of him freaking out.
What I've done that's helped us is take a dog treat (I use a beggin strip) and stick it between or underneath your legs. My dog usually can tell it's there so he's gotten used to the process of if he behaves, he gets a treat. Make sure you use a soft and quiet voice as well reassuring her everything's okay.
Every dog is different but that's just my suggestion! Good Luck
Phil answered on 10/3/11. Helpful? / 1
Play with her feet as much as you can. Massage them and slowly start having the clippers nearby. Eventually massage her feet with the clippers right in front of her. Give her praise and treats when she's behaving and she'll learn it's no big deal. Or take her to a vet or groomer where they are used to dealing with bag dogs. (not bad in general, just bad for nails-it's REALLY common)
i am a professional groomer and have been one for 4 years.ill tell you the same thing i tell my petparents. you are her parent so you have to establish the alpha role if she behaves in a way you dont want her to you need to let her know. pick up her paw and if she tries to wiggle and squirm and pull away keep holding it DONT LET GO just because she throwing a tantrum cuz thats what shes gonna do to het her way just like a kid. and tell her no or leave it eventually shel stop and realize you arent trying to hurt her foot. do that regularly every day and reward her when she holds still give her treat and tell her good job good girl and just be really excited and say it in a happy voice so she knows she did well. keep doing this then move up to holding the clippers next to her paw and rubbing them gentley while saying see its not gonna hurt you your ok be still, once she comfortable enough do one nail at a time slowly and always tell her shes a good girl when she behaves
go to www.youtube.com It is really good, but Go Slowly! good luck.
Shiloh Ribosome Hunter answered on 10/4/11. Helpful? / 0
We had this problem with Daisy when we first adopted her, but we started slowly introducing her to the clippers, just showing it to her and giving treats. Then her daddy gave her treats while I clipped. He stopped giving them if she pulled away or grumbled. Then gave them again when she cooperated with me. Now she doesn't mind at all. You do have to be somewhat firm in not letting her pull away but at the same time you need to give positive reinforcement for good behavior. Good luck!
Daisy answered on 10/6/11. Helpful? / 0