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Old 05-09-2012, 08:03 PM
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Question Sedating my aggressive dogs to clip nails?!?!

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My 6 year old Rotti x GDS will NOT let me clip his claws!!

When he was younger, I could slip his muzzle on and nip the ends off quickly and relatively hassle free. But as he got older it became more and more awkward and the stress levels began to increase every time, meaning I could only do one paw each attempt.

Itís now got so bad I canít even clip one claw without him going postal!!

A friend suggested giving him a valium to calm him down a bit but I read somewhere that it can have the opposite effect with aggression issues?

Is this true? Or is there something better suited to the situation?


Thank you for your help
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:13 PM
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They can be counterconditioned to accept nail trims but i find this is more work than the average owner wants to do. Ive had great success teaching my dog to scratch a piece of sandpaper tacked to a board.

As far as sedation, it would depend on the dog and id try other routes first
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They can be counterconditioned to accept nail trims but i find this is more work than the average owner wants to do. Ive had great success teaching my dog to scratch a piece of sandpaper tacked to a board.

As far as sedation, it would depend on the dog and id try other routes first
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I did try with sand paper myself and he will let me for a few min but unfortunately they are so long at the moment that I do need to clip them properly.

But I will certainly get to work on teaching him to maintain himself in the future!! Brilliant idea! Absolutely!
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Hi all

My 6 year old Rotti x GDS will NOT let me clip his claws!!

When he was younger, I could slip his muzzle on and nip the ends off quickly and relatively hassle free. But as he got older it became more and more awkward and the stress levels began to increase every time, meaning I could only do one paw each attempt.

Itís now got so bad I canít even clip one claw without him going postal!!

A friend suggested giving him a valium to calm him down a bit but I read somewhere that it can have the opposite effect with aggression issues?

Is this true? Or is there something better suited to the situation?


Thank you for your help
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have you seen these on TV?? Maybe this would work better on your dog.
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have you seen these on TV?? Maybe this would work better on your dog.
a pedi paws will not work well on such thick nails. over grown nails need to be cut with nail clippers then dremaled.

Counter conditioning andtraining will be your best friend for this. Or are you going to want to sedate him every 2 weeks to get his nails to a good length. I wouldnt want to
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I just made significant progress counter conditioning my pup to getting her nails trimmed. I first started by giving her a treat every time she touched her nose to the trimmers, (she would whine and run away as soon as I took them out at first). The i progressed to putting her paw on them, then me holding her paws and the clippers, then I would close them near her nail without clipping them, then I went to cutting them.
I did about one to two 10 minute sessions every couple days with her. It really works and it makes a huge difference
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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.
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