Melissa at Adventuroo hosts a meme every Thursday called “Capture the Everyday”. This week’s prompt: feet.
Technically, these are not feet, they are paws, but they need some attention all the same. Sam, my eldest dog, lies quietly while I trim her toenails. I’m very good at it – I’ve never “quicked” her (cut too deep and had a nail bleed) even though her nails are dark. Boss is a different matter. He’s a rescue dog we’ve had since December and I have yet to successfully trim his nails. I could do it in two minutes flat – they are clear, I have professional-grade trimmers, it shouldn’t be an issue.
But Boss has lots of issues. He’s terrified of storms, the vacuum, and helium balloons. Oh, and pedicures. I’ve tried gradually getting him comfortable with the process (holding his paw, sitting clippers nearby), I’ve tried it while he’s sleeping, I’ve tried it while someone else is distracting him with treats, belly rubs, and favorite toys. Yesterday I even drugged him. Yes, I sedated my dog. It didn’t work. He was as perky as ever, and finally I fell asleep waiting for him to get drowsy. He’s scared of strangers, and has been known to nip when a stranger tries to get too close too fast, so I don’t want to put the vet or groomer at risk. I figure if I can just get it done once he’ll realize it’s okay for me to do it again. He really is a very smart dog, he just has trust issues.
Anyone dealt with this before? I’d hate to go the muzzle-and-restraint route, but he’s going to have foot problems if these claws get much longer. Help!
I just heard about this program and I’m getting in right under the wire, but for every blog post that mentions Pedigree Foundation Pedigree will donate TWENTY POUNDS of dry dog food to a shelter. You have until midnight Eastern September third to link up at Two Little Cavaliers and “write a post, help a dog”. Boss says thanks!