05-10-2012, 10:40 PM
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This will be the unpopular suggestion but I think it's worth mentioning if the counter conditioning doesn't work...
Every 6+ months or however long is necessary due to the nail growth rate, your vet can sedate your dog and cut the nails super super short... since he'll be sedated it won't hurt and they can purposely cut the nails short enough that they'll bleed and be quickly clotted-- that'll allow the quicks (the blood supply) to regress a bit and allow for the nails to be so short that it takes a while until you need them redone.
I think it's a better option than a) the dog ripping off a nail because they're too long since you can't cut them or b) the dog walking oddly, possibly getting more arthritis due to this because the nails are inhibiting proper walking.
We had one dog that we routinely did it on because she was a 100lb Rottie who would rip your face off if you even looked at her feet... and I even did it on my dad's little dog when she was sedated for a dental because she hates her feet touched-- so I didn't have to attempt a nail trim for about 8 months. I can do her nails unlike that Rottie, but it's not a pleasant experience for anyone and the nails don't get as short as I'd like (and I don't want to cut her quicks while she's awake...).
So, just a thought as a last resort.