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    Default Gator won't let groomer clip his nails....any advice???

    We are on our third groomer and they too cannot get to Gators nails. He goes to bite the clippers and if they continue to try he lunges at them....his nails are long and are begining to split, i'm worried that he will get an infection....I'm sure someone has an answer????

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    Default Re: Gator won't let groomer clip his nails....any advice???

    I have had dogs all my life and have always clipped their nails myself. Bulldogs are the first ones, that I have to take to the Veterinarian to have their nails clipped.He has help, but not needed sed. I have no help to hold them-but still don't know if I could get it done. They do not try to bite-but wiggle and pull so much. Maybe, if nails are real bad-your vet might have to sedate and trim? IF he is a bully vet.........others may have a better suggestion.

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    Default Re: Gator won't let groomer clip his nails....any advice???

    Sorry to hear this. My parents used to have a pup that they had to give puppy valium to in order to do his nails. I don't like that. What you can try is working with your baby yourself. Get a set of clippers and get on the floor and let him sniff and investigate them. Reward and praise if he doesn't attack them. Do that for a few days than repeat the process withtaking the clippers and gently touch him with them Again reward and praise if he doesn't attack. After another few days start touching his legs and feet with the clippers. Reward and praise again. Continue to repeat this until you get to actuall touching and trimming his nails. Basically what you are doing is showing Gator that the clippers aren't a bad thing that is out to get him. I am sure there are other ways and other will be here to share what has worked for them as well.

    My wife also files Harlea's nails with an emory board a few times a week which helps out a lot.
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    We have a few that hate their nails done and it takes both of us to do it. One holds and tries to calm, and the other clips the nail.
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    Sorry you are having such a time of it. I have no advice. Dudley isn't really crazy about it, but he doesn't fight it. I have them done at PetSmart. As soon as he walks in, he tries to get right up on the table to have them clipped! He just stands there. Sometimes -- and for the oddest things -- he can be such a good boy!

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    I have never had this issue in my life with all the dogs I have owned and grew up with. Only time this occured was with both of my EBN's . Mojo my first ever bulldog was not as bad as Hurley is. Mojo would have to take Ace. Then she learned to let me have her feet as long as somebody else in the house was holding a can of newly opened vienna sausages... she overcame her severe reaction to nail clipping. I started trimming Hurley's nails as soon as I brought her home. She is a nitemare. Once a week hubby and I take her outside, hubby holds her and I fight with her legs to get the job done. It's horrible! The entire time she is growling and yelping and trying to bite us both. I used to work in veterinary clinics and I know how to properly hold the dog but no one in my family will cut her nails .. they afraid they will hurt her. It's a job but we get it done. Soon as I say all done and daddy lets her back down off she goes as if nothing in the world just happened ... big goofball !!

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    Usually I hold Aubie against my chest an lean back, rubbing her belly, while Brandon tackles her nails. She pulls a little, but eventually she gets sleepy with all the belly rubs. Maybe it'd help if it was someone he was familiar with who could help you do it?


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    Default Re: Gator won't let groomer clip his nails....any advice???

    Quote Originally Posted by MzGrnMnM View Post
    We are on our third groomer and they too cannot get to Gators nails. He goes to bite the clippers and if they continue to try he lunges at them....his nails are long and are begining to split, i'm worried that he will get an infection....I'm sure someone has an answer????
    Find another groomer who can. That's my best advice. LOL

    I take Bo and Bea to a place that can and does. They never see EBs in there so the dynamic duo are kind of like celebrities when we show up for a "mani pedi". It takes two of them; one to hold and one to clip. Bo fusses ridiculously. Bea doesn't like it either but isn't a maniac.

    Taking the time to "train" when your pup is small --- that's the way to go. But I cut my first bully's nails once and the blood bath that ensured convinced me that I don't have it in me to do. I'm happy to pay a professional to take that load off me!

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    Sorry I'm no help here, we can trim our guys nails, but I usually take them to a groomer here in town, I really like the way she trims the nails, she gets them shorter than I do, because I'm afraid to go too low, as Dozer has white nails on the front paws, and his back paws are black, so I can't see the quick. This same groomer also cleans and scales their teeth.
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    Default Re: Gator won't let groomer clip his nails....any advice???

    Quote Originally Posted by MzGrnMnM View Post
    We are on our third groomer and they too cannot get to Gators nails. He goes to bite the clippers and if they continue to try he lunges at them....his nails are long and are begining to split, i'm worried that he will get an infection....I'm sure someone has an answer????
    You may need to have them done at the vet by one of the techs... or take him more often, once every two weeks and get him more use to being there and the process. ask them if you can hold him and see if that can settle him done.
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    Default Re: Gator won't let groomer clip his nails....any advice???

    Normally, I trim my little guy after he comes back from doggie daycare. He is so dead tired that he cannot object to the nail clipping. So my suggestion, maybe get him to run around and play til he is so tired that he doesn't care what you are doing.

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    Default Re: Gator won't let groomer clip his nails....any advice???

    This is kind of a cop out, but Agnes' s nails wear down to the point that I dont have to trim them because we walk on sidewalks every day.

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