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Old 12-31-2017, 05:12 AM
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Protecting paws - dog boots and nails

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
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:40 PM
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Thumbs up give her a pee-station.

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re the urinating issue -
buy a 3' x 4', or 2' x 3' hunk of Astro-Turf, with seamed edges like a small rug; lay it down OVER the snow - if need be, atop something, so it won't sink under the wt of the dog.
Now she has a clean area to pee, & life should be simpler when she doesn't have to stick her hoo-hoo in a snowbank to empty her bladder.

Rinse it off with warm H2O in the household shower, or in a utility tub, & stand it indoors to dry for next potty-trip. // Don't keep it too close to a radiator, heat vent, etc, or it will quickly make puddles of melt-water that will come up under the dog's paws, when she treads on it.

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My last dog hated having his nails cut. Took many people to restrain him and he just learned to hate the vet and got aggressive at the vet. Made the end of his life very stressful. He was seventy pounds so not easy to restrain. He would frantically paw non-stop until he could take most muzzles at least partially off. Basically they'd only be on long enough to sedate gum. Much kinder. I only take my current dog to groomers so he doesn't learn to fear the vet the same way. He's pretty good for vets so far but anxious and hates leaving me at all. He doesn't like nail trims either but his nails are black and the quicks go all the way to the ends so I wouldn't risk cutting them myself and hurting him.
Basket muzzles are the least restrictive and can be worn the longest but are still safe in preventing bites. With positive reinforcement and treats you can get her used to wearing a muzzle. I tried avoiding cutting my last dog's nails and having him run on pavement to naturally wear them down. Didn't work, they broke and split and got sore and infected. Once the paws and nails hurt the dog really doesn't want them touched. So it's even worse.

Chains like Petco and PetSmart won't allow muzzles and won't allow owners in the grooming areas. Private groomers might. Your best bet is to find a good groomer that you like that works well with her that she learns to trust and won't bite.

I tried the boots with my last dog, he pulled them off every time and finally chewed them up so they were unusable.i never see anyone in the city using them, just blankets for short haired or small dogs.
I personally won't have the vet do nails again after my last dog learned to hate the vet because of too many bad nail trim experiences. It got to the point where they couldn't even listen to his heart without him lunging and snapping.
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I don't have an edit feature, oops sedate him not gum autocorrect mistake.
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