We adopted Camilla, a 5-year-old, on Saturday. She'd been with a wonderful foster family for the last six months, and we know nothing about her travels before that. The foster family had her nails clipped at the vet. For the short term, we can do that, but I would really like to be able to do it myself.
I have used a grinder on the nails of our former greyhounds and on my parents' doberman. With two of those dogs, you could just lay on top of them and do the nails with no problem. With our last greyhound, I would leash him to our TV stand and grind his nails like I was shoeing a horse.
With Camilla, she lets me handle her feet to wipe mud off of them, but the instant she figures out that I want to clip or grind her nails, she does not want to cooperate. To overcome some of that, I've been talking to her in a soothing voice and feeding her little bits of turkey while I handle her feet and nails. I start with the grinder in view, but turned off. As I progress, I turn the grinder on, but leave it on the floor, hoping she'll become accustomed to the noise. I've tried touching the grinder to her nails with it turned off, but she quickly decides she'd like to be elsewhere.
Am I on the right track? Anyone have any tips? Thanks in advance.