I guess this belongs in the health section (right)?
I have a problem. It's winter here. My dog doesn't want to stay out long. I'm told by some people (not on here) that I started a bad habit. I pick her up when she gets cold and starts lifting her paw up. I bought these PAWZ boots that look like balloons last year and they were useless. She won't keep still and they are impossible to stretch anyway.... yet some dog owners have no problems with them. They're no good for me.
So, I need to find something else. I found out about a dog boot with the brand name 'Wellies' and they look promising. I am currently trying to figure out which size to get.
Which leads me to yet another problem.
I need to get her nails trimmed. I don't want to try it myself. I am worried about making a mistake and cutting into the quick. Her claws are small and I just don't want to start a problem. She doesn't let others touch her or her paws unless she trusts them.
This problem keeps getting better and better, right? Wait, it gets worse. So, she won't stay out long and she has urinating issues. I think those will be solved when she is able to endure the cold and the salt on the ground - with boots - hopefully. In the meantime, I have to take her out several times a day. She already went to the vet when her urine started turning red - blood in the urine. She's okay now but she has urinated indoors sometimes.
Any advice for me? I am hoping the problem will be solved if she has some boots that work - I am not positive they will work but I think it is worth a try. I might need a muzzle for the nail trimming because she won't let people handle her - only myself and a few she trusts. Even a friend who gives her treats and has her trust, has trouble touching her paws. The vet usually needs assistants who bribe her with canned dog food or treats or she has to use a muzzle. I was thinking of getting the Baskerville Ultra Dog Muzzle because I can't afford complicated dog training (behavioural) and I'm not sure that will help anyway. She is a rescue dog and maybe there's not much that can be done now.
She's fine with me - I can touch her paws and nails although she obviously doesn't like it much but she allows me to. But, I need to take her to a vet and groomer (for nail trimming) sometimes and she will try to bite when she's touched. One groomer was able to lift her and complete a nail trim - I was so surprised. But, the subsequent time I brought her back there and she did the same thing but this time, was bit.
I don't like the idea of a muzzle but it would allow me to take her anywhere to the vet or a groomer with no problems, right? I just worry about what she will think (of me) if I do that but I don't know of any other alternative. It's really hard to take her to the vet or a groomer because she will behave the same every time. I think it's trust issues but anyway...
This post is getting very lengthy and it's a complicated issue.
I was just hoping for some advice and ideas.
These are the wellies boots: https://www.canadapooch.com/wellies-boots