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      This week's Endeavor

      Nail trimming!

      Henry's little toenails are about as sharp as his teethers! My intention for this week is to practice trimming his nails every day and then try to keep up a consistent schedule. If only one or 2 get snipped per day this week, that's fine. I've been playing with his toes and trying intermittently over the past few weeks to get him accustomed to his toes being manipulated but it was more intermittent than consistent. It reminds me of that saying, "I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty and besides, the pig likes it." I don't actually think he's liking it but it does feel like I'm wrestling a pig!

      I think a sling that the dog could hang in, like a hammock with holes for their legs, would be very helpful. Suspending a 25 pound pup would be easier to accomplish than winching up a 75 pound dog, I suspect.

      Lark is not a good role model, unfortunately.

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      Presto doesn't love it either. He said "hell no!" on the dremel, which we'll keep working on. So, clippers it is...for now.

      I always do this when he's tired, but not cranky puppy tired, and have done the following.

      (Most successful because he loves peanut butter) Heavy plate or pan or cookie sheet with peanut butter smeared all over it, put on floor, let him lick while I clip.

      Sprinkle food on the floor and let him search and eat while I clip.

      Kong with frozen wet food held down by my leg while he eats and I clip.

      There are some good cooperative care trainings by Dr. Deb Jones and Sarah Stremming (Perfect Patient is her term).

      For tooth brushing and ear stuff, a chin rest is a good tool (plus it's cute).

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      When Oban was wee I found a blindfold really helped. Just a dish towel draped lightly over his head. I'd have him lie on his back on my lap as I sat on the floor, his head at my knees. I could see his feet well but he thought it was a game and was all wiggly and pawing and I needed four hands. When he couldn't see what I was about to do he just lay quietly. I used/use clippers. To prepare we played This Little Piggy a lot.
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      This helped me https://www.facebook.com/groups/nail...ance.for.dogs/

      I made Molly a scratch board and she does all the work. Good luck on the nail trimming

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jollymolly View Post
      This helped me https://www.facebook.com/groups/nail...ance.for.dogs/

      I made Molly a scratch board and she does all the work. Good luck on the nail trimming
      Wow, I've never seen this before! Interesting concept. I can't open that facebook page but a quick search for scratchboard for dogs came up with several instructional sites. Henry is crazy about offering a paw, so this might work for him. Thanks for this novel approach!

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      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      Wow, I've never seen this before! Interesting concept. I can't open that facebook page but a quick search for scratchboard for dogs came up with several instructional sites. Henry is crazy about offering a paw, so this might work for him. Thanks for this novel approach!
      Check out Hannah Brannigan's YouTube page. She just taught her puppy and older dog to do this.

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