|Barked: Fri Apr 9, '10 10:00am PST |
|i would honestly not start sedating your dog for nail trims based on one vet techs experience with your dog. not only is it expensive as you say, but, to me, is not something you risk putting your dog under for. the few people i do know who have dogs that need to be sedated (these dogs are usually rescues taken in at an older age, who may have never experienced regular nail trimming before), only do so when they need to have other procedures done (for example, teeth cleaning).
i, and im sure other groomers, have a lot of different methods for hard to handle dogs. it all depends on the dog, and their methods of fighting. not every dog will respond to the same thing. i do many dogs that will not be any better if im holding them down, yet some seem to do better in a position where they cant move. your dog very well could respond to different kind of handling. have you ever tried him on a table, like groomers do? there are probably a lot of things you can still try with him.
a few things i do in general:
-i dont like to let the dog see what im doing. picking the foot up in front of the dogs face and attepting to trim a few inches away from them is not going to work a lot of the time. i either turn my back to them and use my body as a sheild, or i tuck the head under my arm.
-im never unsure,m and i never respond to negative behavior, but very praising of good behavior. even if all the dog is doing is letting you hold the fot without fighting, that is a step in the right direction
-if the dog is truly awful (like the border collie my boss got a year ago as an owner surrender, who bites even if you reach for a foot), i try to find somethnig they really love or want. in tha dog's case, it was food (and since she was chunky when we got her, she def. wasnt getting what she thought was enough). i basically trained her to shake, ince she realized that everytime i would hold her foot and she sat still she got food, she was an automatic shaker. next came putting the clippers close to her while holding a foot, next came a little clipping off a nail. everyti e she stodd still and accepted what i did, she got treated and praised. if she growled or fought, i waited until she stopped, then let go and started again.
-every single time your dog has fought you and won over nail trims, he has learned what do to get you to stop. if you let go of a wiggling leg, all you taught the dog is that if he wiggles enough, you let go (which is what HE wanted). i never leg go of a foot when a dog is fighting. i dont hold on for dear life or anything (you dont want the dog to hurt itself if it is strugglinh), but i do try and keep the foot in my hand, so the dog doesnt learn that that will work. if i do need to stop for whatever reason, i only do so on a good note when the dog is behaving. ending in other way is going to make the next time even worse.
I would call your local grooming salons and explain the situation. ask them if they may be able to help. im kind of shocked that the staff at the vet only tried for 2 minutes, and declared her too stressed and must ve sedated. even if i had to quit doing nails on a dog that ws too stressd, i wouldnt automatically assume he needed to be sedated. i would do a lot of work with any dog before regularly sedating them for what should be a very simple procedure. if she has gone there before and been fine, then i would assume a new person was doing them, who may have been too inexperienced to handle the dog. i know that i have way more techniques for difficult dogs than most vet techs i know. groomers need to learn to handle many different types of dogs, and do it in a loving, positive way (well, at least the god ones do). be sure to ask a lot of questions, thats a good way to know how knowledgable someone is, and if they truly can do yoru dogs nails. at this point, you dont want him to have many more negative experiences with nail trimming, the next one really needs to be nice and positive, and most of all, somewhat successful. and success doesnt have to be huge. i would consider him letting you do one nail without fighting, while not being completely restrained, a big success.
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