Trimming Nails Of An Anxious Dog
Darcy came to me as a rescue and he will retaliate if he even thinks someone is going to hurt him so it was never going to be easy to cut his nails. They were getting long and I was trying everything I could to cut them at home, sometimes going to extreme lengths to get him to trust me.
First I left the nail clippers hanging around where he could see them (he hates anything new in the house) His inquisitive nature would mean that the clippers had been thoroughly examined by Darcy’s nose and passed his house rules. Unfortunately, the vacuum cleaner has never passed this examination and poor Henry Hoover is attacked on a daily basis.
Next, I sat with him on my knee and pretended to file my nails with the dog file! It didn’t work!
We tried offering treats and using a muzzle but we got absolutely nowhere. This is the only dog I’ve ever struggled with and as he only likes to walk on grass it was a problem that was not going away. I was nervous about taking him to the vet because they need their fingers to make a living and I didn’t want to jeopardise someone’s livelihood!
Last time I took him to a grooming parlour and that traumatised him, the sight of three grown adults trying to hold a 5kg dog was not for the faint hearted!
So on Friday, he went off to see a vet who had been fully briefed on Darcy’s problem nails. He was muzzled and the vet took off a little from each nail whilst talking to Darcy in a very soothing voice. He screamed and wriggled as if we were amputating his head not cutting his nails. The waiting room had emptied when we left!
So, we made progress and I feel so relieved. In two weeks we have to go again to cut the claws a little more. The vet has prescribed Adaptil to keep him calm and we have to go armed with chicken.
Just wanted to add that Darcy is the most loving dog in normal circumstances. I think his feisty, stubborn side is what got him through some horrendous situations so I make massive allowances for him.
Does anyone else have trouble cutting their dogs nails?
Has anyone got any tips?
Here is a photo of my little angel, Mr Darcy,……. mini dachshund, massive attitude!