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Old 05-14-2009, 09:47 AM
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Those are like mine , but I've had them at least 15 years and may be just dull and tired !
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:02 AM
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Oh goodness yes Grammy! I've had mine for less than 1/4 of that time and they're too dull to use...they need constant sharpening or replacing, depending on type!
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:08 AM
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Wonder if I can get them sharpened ..... probably just as much as a new pair .
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:39 AM
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I'd just go get a new pair myself...
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:41 AM
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Got my credit card in front of me as I type !
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I would take her back to square one. First, all I would do is have the dremel present for ALL good events in her day...especially eating. The dremel would be off but visable and close to where these events take place. The dremel would ONLY come out during these events so that the presence of the dremel starts to MEAN that these wonderful experiences are about to happen.

Once she starts to see the dremel as a signal that something great is going to happen and is completely comfortable with it being around, I would turn it on for tiny intervals DURING the event (again, if she's 'foody', while she's chowing down)

Only when she shows no reaction to the sound, would I increase the duration of the dremel being on, and only have the event happen while the dremel is runnning. When the dremel turns off, all good things go away.

When that association has clearly been made, I would pick her paw up while holding the dremel but would not touch it to her nail. It would be great if you had a second person reinforcing these 2 actions with her being fed something wonderful.

Once she has no problem with the paw hole, dremel close...while feeding, I would attempt on quick session with ONE NAIL ONLY.

If you do this slowly enough and with the intention of desensitizing rather than nail trimming for the first few weeks, I'd bet $$ that you'll eventually have success.

2 of my dogs were SO sensitive to paw touching of any kind. When Lola came to me, you couldn't even look at her without her peeing AND her nails had NEVER been cut. They were curled right around and the ends were actually poking into her paw pads. She would SCREAM if you even touched her paws.

Lola now lays on her back, feet up in the air like a dead spider and allows me to dremel without a problem.

It takes a lot of time a patience but I've never met a dog that can't get there with the slow progression of desensitization.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:08 AM
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Doc, what do you do with a dog for whom there is NOTHING she won't walk away from? Food, she has no interest in toys, she's even fully capable of turning her back on her beloved animal crackers to make her point

Most of the time I can talk her through to doing things because I want her to, but so far I've not had that success. I've had just enough to clip two or three nails -- and then the clippers break.

Yah, she is REALLY my dog, lol!

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*makes mental note to get her Fila used to a dremel early on*
It helps a great deal to not start out with an idiot who insists on letting the dogs run so that you end up with a puppy with a .22 in her paw

None of mine really like nail clipping, even though I've made it a practice to handle their feet and clip from the beginning. The older they get the worse it gets.
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Hmmm try sugar cookies.

Cleo has converted over to sugar or peanut butter cookies instead of animal crackers. She won't eat them now.

I don't have a problem with the handling of Brutus feet, nails, but what I saw... I was twisting his nail while trying to cut it. I'm sure that was uncomfortable. The darned things are so thick you have to have something sharp and someone with strong hands to slice through them. The vet can't even get through them with his clippers.

I hold the paw up and Keith clips. It works so much quicker that way. I may do some research into dremels.
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Want to send Keith here ??
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Want to send Keith here ??
Sure!! I'd be happy to share his nail clipping skills with you.
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