I think I need to clip my puppies claws she is nearly 9 weeks. Any recommendations on the best approach ie, distract with treats, doing it gradually over the period of a day or two. I don't want this to be an experience that will create anxiety for both of us.
Try doing it while she's sleeping. If you think you can't handle it, $11 is a small price to pay to have them grinded at PetSmart. That is what I do. There is no way I could handle trimming Kobi's nails on my own.
I couldn't even get NEAR Kobi without him waking up. I don't know how the rest of you do it while they're sleeping.
Oh, they're so young that clipping them with regular toenail clippers will probably suffice. And it's easy to clip through. But that all depends on the energy level and the willingness of your dog. You could try filing, but I don't know that you'll be saving yourself any trouble. I don't know if anyone here files their dog's nails but I supposed it would work.
Thanks Kobi..Normal nail clippers sound a better option at the moment. The guillotine clippers are a bit severe at this early stage and until she is confident in me doing her claws are possible only going to lead to aggravation later. Thanks
Just went to the vet a few days ago and I brought normal clippers for my 8 week old for the assistant to show me how to do it. Seems like all these options are good ones, but if you use dog clippers that should work too. Also, she told me that it helps to just play with and touch their paws whenever you remember. That way, they become accustomed to having them handled. Next time she shouldn't squirm as much then. Seems to be working for me!
Thanks have managed to get 3 done! The we got distracted. Good advice re: handling her paws. I was told by the breeder to look in her ears, clear sleep matter from her eyes, so it will never be an issue when she does have to have it done.
Copper is 11 months old now and we clipped his claws maybe 3 times. This was when he was 2-4 months old and wasn't getting outside much. Now I guess he just runs them off! ;D We haven't clipped them is at least 5 months. I'm glad we didn't go out and buy a dog clipper.