12-03-2016, 08:49 AM
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
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I scared my dog out of getting his nails clipped--clipped him once to yelp, and now both he and me are scared of the clipping.
I've actually gradually desensitized/conterconditioned (I give him food rewards during) him to having his nails filed. He's relaxing into it now, and I am now able to make a bit of headway, but I'm still learning how to comfortably (for him and me) hold his nails to do this. At the very least, I probably can go back to clippers someday. His back paws need no work as he is walked on road and they file themselves.
Does your contraption work for your dog? I can't exactly tell, but it looks like strips of something abrasive and then food between encouraging scratching? If a dog is inclined to overdo it, it seems an easy fix to simply put it away and take it out again next time.
For myself, I'm happy with having my dog learn to relax while I hold, squish, manipulate and file his claws-it's a good handling exercise, especially if he ever ends up with a thorn or worse that needs pulling. But, MANY pet owners would rather spend less time training their dogs, so your idea would be handy.