Small Toenail Victory!

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Small Toenail Victory!

Postby Calypso » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:05 pm

Not a victory of small toenails, but a small victory regarding toenails. Anyway...

Pixel's breeder started trimming nails from the first week they were born. We kept playing with his feet and trimmed a nail here and there and he just started to completely freak out. He was so upset that he wouldn't even eat peanut butter after the first snip. Nothing traumatic happened, he just hates it. (Came across something that said this is a breed trait. Joy.)

Since desensitizing him to nail trimming wasn't working, I decided to desensitize him to a muzzle so we could trim the nails safely - they were getting so long I was afraid he was going to get one caught and rip it. I also bought a new clipper, thinking the old one wasn't sharp enough.

I don't know what the deal was, but with a muzzle on, freeze dried beef stuff through the side, we were able to get his curled up dew claws, a couple of front nails, and an entire back paw!!!! He may have been able to handle more, but I thought we'd end on a happy note. And DH was getting stressed that his Pixel was unhappy. :tongue: I made sure to take just tiny bits so there was little chance of me quicking him. I'm just happy that we can actually do this and hopefully we can reach a point of acceptance as Havana has. He isn't bothered by me turning on the Dremel and running the handle over his body or leg, so maybe he'll like that better than the clipper. I know I do.

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Re: Small Toenail Victory!

Postby SherriA » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:02 am

Hooray! That sounds like a big success from where I'm sitting, not a small one. I know what you mean about the complete freak out and hating it, and it just sucks. Desensitizing didn't work for me either, despite almost a year of trying, so I'm even more impressed that you've found a work around.

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Re: Small Toenail Victory!

Postby QBert » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:19 am

That's SUPER! Well done, the lot of you.

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Re: Small Toenail Victory!

Postby maxs_mommy » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:44 am

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Re: Small Toenail Victory!

Postby JudyL » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:37 am

Yay for the victory. Not small at all.

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Re: Small Toenail Victory!

Postby Sabine » Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:36 pm

Yay for early victories!

Remeber this post? LOL

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Re: Small Toenail Victory!

Postby amyzon » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:39 am

We have to muzzle Bodie or he totally freaks out for nail trims. The muzzle really seems to help him stay calm...I don't know why that is, but thank goodness for that thing!

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Re: Small Toenail Victory!

Postby Jen » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:45 pm

Any toenail victory is a big victory!

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