gypsy84 Posted January 30, 2007 Report Share Posted January 30, 2007 As many of you have read in my last post, my dog Gypsy is a 3 month old BC. I've been working with her since I've gotten her, and she's really an amazingly intelligent dog! In the month I've had her, she's learned: sit, down, stay, come, paw (both of them!), stand, wait (for a treat or toy), spin, "get in your kennel", and has quite a good recall--she'll come to me when she's playing with Milford outside in the yard. She's gotten used to baths too, I can give her one by myself now in our laundry tubs.. Most of the time she needs them because she wants to know what Milford's doing when he stands next to a tree and lifts his leg But one thing that she hasn't gotten yet is to let me clip her nails. With Milford, he'll lie on the floor and I can sit behind him with one leg over him just to hold him there, even though he doesn't struggle or anything. I tried this with Gypsy but she just won't hold still! When I first got her she would fall into such deep sleeps that you could do anything to her and she'd just make puppy grunts and go back to sleep, so I could cut them when she was asleep. But now, she'll wake up if you move her at all. I've always been gentle with her in her training and everything, and she doesn't mind her feet being touched, but when the clippers come out and I hold her paw she'll start biting at my hands, not hard, but enough to give me the message that she doesn't like what I'm doing, and she'll struggle too. I'll correct her for biting by holding her muzzle closed and saying NO in a firm voice, if that doesn't work I'll hold her on her back til she settles. Then once she's calm again I'll reassure her, and just play with her feet a bit, but keep the clippers away. If she's really calm, I'll take them and bring them near her nails and run them over her feet--she has no problem with this. But as soon as I go to clip a nail she starts struggling and biting again! I don't know why, as long as I've had her she's never had a bad nail clipping experience, and I doubt that the rescue I got her from would've given her a bad experience. I've never had a puppy this young before though, so is it normal for her to not want to settle down? I know biting is unacceptable, and she's never done it to me or anyone in my family, only puppy nips--which are to be expected. If anyone can tell me what I'm doing wrong, or if this is normal, or tips about how to clip her nails I'd really appreciate some help. Her nails could use a clipping. Thanks, Lisa & Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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