𝚃𝙻;𝙳𝚁: 𝚗𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚖𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝'𝚜 𝚘𝚔 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚒𝚝.
Two things she hates the most (after car rides and baths) are strangers and her paws being touched. So obviously the only time she ever bit someone was when I took her to the vet for nail trimming. I made the mistake to listen to the vet tech and left the room while they tried muzzling her. I know some dogs calm down when their owner leaves, Molly is the exact opposite, but luckily now we know better.
Anyway after the whole chomping incident I decided I didn't want to put her through the stress of muzzling and restraining her or even drugging her every month, just to get those nails clipped. Instead, we started the long and freaking tedious process of conditioning her and learning how to do it ourselves.
Our trainer advised us to start in her crate, which makes total sense. You want her to be in the calmest state of mind and this is where she felt safe and comfortable. Touching paws, sniffing clippers, touching nails with clippers, clipping tiny pieces, etc etc. We switched to a cheap nail grinder because her quick recedes extremely slow and I kept drawing blood. Basically had to start all over with this tool and again when we bought a more powerful and LOUD one.
2 years later she's still a little conflicted about giving me her paw, even without a dremel in sight (with booties, the paw cleaner, etc) she trusts me but she doesn't LIKE it. But at least now she lays on the couch while I dremel her nails. No more running and hiding, no more peeing in fear, and most importantly we don't have to drug her every month. Hopefully one day she will be totally ok with us doing "scary" stuff with her paws, but I'm already pretty damn proud!
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