I’m sorry if these posts bore you, but I’m really proud of our progress ^__^
As many of you know I have been trying to countercondition Kasper to having his nails trimmed since he was a few years old, so for almost four years now.
Finally – FINALLY! – we are making such amazing progress, and we’re gradually pushing the length of his talons back 😀
Here are some photos from the start of our journey:
As you can see, Kasper had seriously long nails, and they’re incredibly thick too – most clippers really struggle to cut through the black nails.
I did a lot of research into cutting a dog’s nails, and we spent months making the process , if not exactly enjoyable for Kasper, then one he was comfortable with.
We made some progress.
And the more I practiced using nail clippers, the less scary it became…now I look forward to the procedure. Not only is it therapeutic for me but it’s almost a form of art haha, I love it!
Here are some photos from today, please bear in mind how his nails started off 🙂
The white nails here had just been freshly clipped, the black nail is untouched. (I always leave the black nails a little longer, I HATE that I can’t see the quick!!)
All nails done on this paw!
I’ve also got Kasper to the point where I can shave the fur on his paws (single handedly might I add!), and this makes clipping his nails much easier 🙂
A before and an after 🙂
And Raiden continues to rock the scratch board whilst we work on paw handling and patience…here’s some pics of his nails today
Don’t you just love these dinky little paws?? ❤
And photos / video of the actual scratch board part!
The actual scratching part is only about 30 seconds long in this video.
We have him scratch at the board for about 5-10 seconds at a time, and usually get him to do this three times in a row. We do this a few times a week.