Australian Shepherd Question

Why does my aussie let me hold her paws & play with her paws, but does not let me cut her nails...


Why does my aussie let me hold her paws & play with her paws, but does not let me cut her nails & panics when i try to?

    In Australian Shepherd - Asked by Anonymous - 7/19/2012 5:38:36 AM
You probably need to desensitize your with to the sound of the nail clippers. I suggest getting a small pile of VERY good treats. Click the trimmers and give a treat. Practice often, so she associates the sound of the trimmers with something good. THEN it's time to start working on her nails again. Clip one, give a treat. If you only do one or two at a time at first, she may not get overwhelmed or over stimulated by the process. Also, if you anticipate it being a problem, you will give off that vibe and she'll pick it up. Try to keep a calm, positive attitude about it, like it is no big deal. That will help her feel the same. Aussies are very tuned into our moods and what we project (if we are nervous, stressed, mad, happy, etc).
    Answered by paws4hisglory - 7/21/2012 6:14:31 PM
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I agree with the above. My dog and I love it sit in the sun in the mornings on the couch. So this is a very calm, happy time for us. So I started bringing the nail clippers out and kept her relaxed and clipped a couple nails. If she started getting panicky, I didn't push it. Each time I could clip more and more. Now it is no big deal to sit down and do all of them. She thinks it is quality time with her mom. Just be patient, stay calm, and make it a positive experience.
    Answered by cmichelson - 11/26/2012 11:48:18 PM