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Old 11-13-2012, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone else have trouble with their beagle not wanting their nails cut? It has gotten to the point where 2 people have to hold Hunter when I try to cut her nails. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same issue with my Diesel. When we went to take him he growled at the guy, they couldn't even finish. My Princess was a good girl. I don't have any suggestions. Good luck

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My Lucy was always very good for the groomer until she broke her toe. After that she gave them a little trouble on just that foot. Then they cut one too short and she cried. It was all over after that. Now she is horrible, constantly pulling her feet away and trying to jump off the table. Dogs always seem to remember when they have had their nails cut too short. Maybe you could try to distract her with a treat to keep her attention on something other than the clipper.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Most beagles have an issue with their feet. Molly doesn't even like if I hold her paw. I put her in my lap like a baby and my husband clips her nails. Vazzle growls at us and gets mad but we get them done.. It helps to have a good pair of clippers so you can move fast!
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Annie hated it, nail-clipping time used to lead to a hair-shedding, peeing on the floor, meltdown PANIC.

Now we clip a nail, give her a triangle of very stinky German bologna, clip a nail, give her a triangle. . .I don't believe in giving people food to dogs but in this case just ending the complete freakouts was worth it. Yes, it still takes one person to hold her and one to clip but she's looking for the treat and not paying as much attention to her feet.

We have to be really careful though because I KNOW that if we ever cut one too short or she gets pinched we're going to have to start all over again.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ours are so bad about it, they'll literally twist and pull themselves lame to avoid it. We discovered the trick...

...we walk them on our paved (very-very long, how convenient eh?) driveway as often as possible. Enough time spent walking on a hard, rough surface works wonders. Our vet is happy with the results.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Our vet told us it was bad to cut the nails and we should file them?
Is the true.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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it's harder to hit the quick of the nail (the nerve/blood vessel inside) if you file, but a lot of dogs won't sit still that long. If you can get yours to put up with it, yes, it's better; but clipping is faster.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If your dog doesn't mind the whining sound and dust smell, you can use a dremel tool with a grinder attachment to file down the nails. it is quicker than filing by hand, and you don't run the risk of clipping too short. Mine don't like the sound and the smell of burning dog nails, but with a lot of treats its over quickly, and the result is really good. When we picked up our 2nd brittany from the breeder, she suggested this, and even demonstrated.

I've tried a similar tool from Walmart; it was battery operated and was intended for pet's nails. It didn't work very well at all - too little power, and took way too long, and got little noticeable result. Dog nails are tough; the dremel works like a charm.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Put the dog on a table of possible. or tie him to a banister. most dogs take better to a dremel then clippers. and dont waste any money on a battery operated one, they are worthless
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