|Barked: Sat Jul 13, '13 1:24pm PST |
|I'm so unbelievable frustrated right now.
Charlie used to be alright for getting his nails trimmed. He never LIKED it, but it was never too big of a fight either, it was just something he tolerated because he always got rewards after.
But over the years, he's been getting worse and worse, and it's frustrating the hell out of me. He'll sit there and pull away, and pull his paws away and keep moving backwards to sit further away and he makes it a huge fight that takes an hour to get all four paws done because you're constantly trying to follow him around. If you tie him up to something to prevent that, he pulls away repeatedly and will go from sitting to laying down to sitting again..
The one time I tried to get a groomer to do it, for my own sanity, he snapped at her before she even clipped a nail!
He's NEVER had his kwik clipped either. At least not in the time I've had him since he was eight months old.
His nails, unfortunately, are notorious hound nails and grow INSANELY fast and long... So regular trimmings are A MUST.
Lately, I've had to get my fiance holding him and offering him cheese while I get his nails all trimmed, but even then it takes forever to do and he still HATES it.
Today, I noticed they were quite long and REALLY needed a trim, so I grabbed my clippers, sat on the floor with him and called him over. He sat. I gently took a paw, and began clipping. Normally he sits pretty, as if begging me NOT to, and I can usually get one nail done before he starts pulling away. Then he'll scoot back a foot. Then pull his paws away some more. And scoot back another foot. And this process is repeated. And then he'll start shaking and shivering, start giving whale eye, start tensing up and showing all these stress signals... And it becomes this drawn out process.
But today, he was sitting pretty, I had a paw and was about to clip a nail, and he pulled back and tried to scoot back at the same time while I had hold of him, and he let out a yelp. And now I feel absolutely terrible. He doesn't appear to be hurt. And he HAS yelped at me before just to get me to stop... But I still feel terrible and I ended up putting everything away, ended up in tears and just couldn't do it anymore... He got all wiggly and playful and bouncy, and I sat there, crying, and frustrated and trying like heck not to get mad.
I'm frustrated. I don't know what to do anymore. It's really not feasible to take him to a groomers to get them done twice a month with the hours my fiance works, me without a license and a new baby about to come anytime... It's easier to do it on my own.
The problem is he's not making it very easy...
I need help. I need to get him back to at least TOLERATING it, if nothing else. I clip plenty of other dogs nails without these issues... What am I doing wrong? How do I turn it around? How do I make things better? How do I get him at least desensitized to it?
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