As I said, after dislocating my knee on Friday I was somewhat housebound, so me and Kasper have been doing a lot of training 🙂
We’ve had some incredible progress with his nails.
On one front paw all the nails are trimmed now – I use clippers on the white nails (I have grown in confidence and actually almost enjoy trimming now!) and file the black nails. Kasper has super thick nails so you can imagine how tough the black ones are.
To say Kasper used to get highly uncomfortable with me touching his paw, I’m amazed that we’ve made it to the point where we can clip his nails 🙂
It’s only recently that he has gotten so comfortable and we can finally make good progress on the length of his nails…just last Autumn I couldn’t use clippers on him, and I thought we’d never make progress.
One white nail trimmed, a black nail untrimmed
Same paw and same nails, black one after filing 🙂
I think the chalky white bit on the black nail means I am getting close to the quick, any nail experts, is that right?
And, for the first time EVER, Kasper let me trim the hair on his paws with strimmers – a few years back he would flee the room when we used hair strimmers 😀
His paw looks so cute and pretty!!
And then on his left paw we have all but one nails clipped, and that paw has now been shaved too 🙂
We’re slowly making good progress on his talons…
Onto the muzzle work, where we had something awesome happen too – Kasper has started leaving his nose in there and waiting, for the first time ever!!
I think we’ve been (very sporadically) working on this for a year now, and finally he will leave his nose in 🙂
We start with a few repititions of him going in and out, then I feed treats through the muzzle…
…and then he holds it for just a few seconds.
Next step, after building up the time he’ll stay in there, will be moving my hand towards him, to begin fastening the muzzle.
We’ll work up to touching him, then fiddling with straps, and finally fastening it just for a second.
Again, with this dog you have to take some things reeeaaally slowly.
If I pushed him several times a day, we could possibly get in done in around a month…but taking it at a leisurely pace and with me forgetting to work on it daily, it’ll be a while yet 😛
Oh also, I tidied one side of his ‘skirt’ (our name for the long hair under his tail)…only one side because of how he was lying, so he looks hilarious when he walks now!
This is something else the old Kasper would never have tolerated, so he’s kinda rocking it.