Okay, so my mom is dog stupid, and I have taken nail trimming privileges away from her after she cut Breck's nail to the quick and left her trailing blood all over the kitchen. >:| So now that's my job. I don't know crap about trimming a dog's nails, but I guess I'm gonna learn.
And I know there are innumerable threads and articles out there about nail trimming, and I plan on reading them all, but I wanted to make a thread to ask a few more specific questions and make sure I understand what I'm reading.
Breck is a really great dog and she does what she's told, but she gets really squirmy and nervous when her nails are being trimmed (probably because my mom has cut her so often
). She never bites but she will try to get away. Any tips on how to get her to hold verrry, verrry still? Specifically, I would like to be able to have her stay in one place without me having to lie on her, so I can focus entirely on her paw. I was thinking of getting a kong or something and occupying her with peanut butter and chicken, also maybe working on a 'hold still' command to supplement the 'stay'. Other ideas?
Sort of similarly, my mom got one of those dremel things, but apparently Breck 'hates it', which probably means that my mom used it wrong or introduced it poorly and is too lazy to try and fix the problem. ;p Tips for reintroducing something that the dog already hates? She's nuts about chicken so I plan on trying to make dremel = chicken in her mind, but we'll see how that works out.
And if you do hit the quick, what's your best option? I was reading about styptic powder and will see about getting some, but are there alternatives if you don't have that? My mom put flour on the nail which seemed to work. Any other easy household alternatives, just for future reference? And is there any chance that a quick-cutting could turn into an emergency situation, or an infection? Should I keep an eye on her nail or should it be fine?
Lastly, any links to specific articles you think are good would be appreciated. There's a lot of info out there and some of it is contradictory, so pointers in the right direction would be great! Thanks.