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Puppy HATES his toenails clipped - and I made it worse

I've been cutting dog's toenails for at least 30 years now. I've never had a dog hate it so much. Bagheera struggles and tries to get away, even though I've never once hit the quick.

Until last night. OMG, the blood! I thought it'd never stop. I finally found and used a styptic product I had bought a while ago, for such an eventuality, and it did stop the bleeding. Finally. I was worried! And now I'm sure he'll fight even harder to NOT get his toenails trimmed. I felt so bad. I love this little guy so much and that I hurt him caused me deep regret. The loss of trust is going to be hard to fix. He may never let me near him with the clippers again.

Any advice for making his experience better would be appreciated!
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Sorry this has happened, I am sure it must have been pretty upsetting for both of you.

This article may be helpful to you.
http://redmondsammamishveterinary.co...ls_Trimmed.pdf


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It's not the end of the world if you draw a little blood...

Obviously one thing you want to make sure you do to avoid too much of a cut is only nip the tips as you trim back. And stop when you see the lighter color that is the quik.

Trying to take too much off too fast will cause the more dramatic bleeding. Which btw... if that ever happens, go to the pantry for corn starch or baking soda.

It used to take 3-4 people at the vet to hold my Jacks down so they could trim his nails. And at home he was just as bad....

Giving him a treat after every nail was something that helped. I worked that to me doing a whole foot before rewarding. And now I just quickly do front ends before rewarding and same thing with his back end.

About now, he lets me just take his foot and quickly trim - each foot. No fighting. The last time I trimmed my younger guy's feet, Jacks saw the treats flying and jumped up to demand his turn with the clippers so he could get treats too.

You have to be calm and firm when handling them too. Don't let the dogs push you around or get silly.

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My last Golden was horrible to do his nails and never got better, as he aged. So this time around, I wasn't going to make the same mistake. Bodie, from the get go hated it, so what I did, was, attached a bully stick to a set of vice grips and sat on it, with the treat, sticking out and I would work on it every day, for 5 minutes, while he chewed on the bully stick. Some days I did 1 nail and played with his toes and other days more, some days, none. I did this for a couple of months. Every time I did it, I would say wait and it got to the point, of him realizing, what I was about to do and having him wait, until I was finished and he never moved.

He's 15 months now and is as good, as gold. I will say, I'm fortunate in the fact, that the majority of his nails are light and I can see the quick
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We have a electric nail filing sort of thing- it works well and she doesn't fight me. We also have our vet do it, too. However, walking outside seems to naturally file t hem down.

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Whatever you do, DO NOT give up on working with him. If you can force yourself to practice pretend nail clips every day with treats and petting to help him learn to accept the process, you will do everyone in your house a giant favor. I also am a fan of the dremmel for nails if you continue to struggle with clipping. And don't be too hard on yourself, I have made my share of mistakes and the amount of blood they lose is horrifying, it always makes me feel awful, you're not the only one.


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Thanks for all the advice and words of encouragement. Yes, I know we'll have to keep working on it. I've trimmed his nails 3 times or more already, and treated him afterwards, but this is the first time I hit the quick. I also have one of the grinder types, which is what I started him out with. I may just go back to that device for a while. His nails are pure black so it's hard as heck to guess the line of death, so to speak!
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Maybe you can see the quik if you shine a flashlight on his toes? No experience with black toenails here, but Kaizer has some dark ones that make it hard to see the quik and using a flashlight helps.
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His nails are pure black so it's hard as heck to guess the line of death, so to speak!
Don't go by the outside of the nail. You are looking at the bottoms - where you are cutting. I'm away from home this week (boo!) but I can probably take a picture (or other people could) to show you what you're looking at.

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One of my dogs has black nails on all four paws. I have found the easiest way to trim them is to turn the paw upside down so that I am looking at the paw from the pad side, it makes it much easier to see how much I needed to trim off. I always trim a little long, just to be on the safe side, he came to me as a young adult dog and no way he wanted me touching his feet, it took a long time to teach him that nail trims are a good thing, so I don't want to risk a setback.


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