That's what it feels like when it's claw trimming day. I'm not sure if anyone else has this problem...okay, yes I am, but this is the hardest bout of claw trimming I've EVER had to do.
Insert photo here because we surely weren't going to take any photos or video for fear Animal Cops would show up on our doorstep!
Our other dogs would wrestle us when they were pups, sure. Eventually they would figure out that having their pedicure was just another canine right of passage. Bella and Baxter have managed to set the bar much higher than our imagination could ever take us!
You'll remember Baxter and his slight problem with screaming, right? This, too, happens at home whenever his little paws are feeling the slightest bit threatened. Bella doesn't scream as much, but for the 17 or so pounds that she is, she has enough will power and strength to take down Godzilla on a bad day.
Today, my plan was to wear gloves --- not latex gloves, not Playtex gloves, but those thick gardening gloves; this in an effort to protect my hands from the respective puppy bites I was sure to endure. We also put the cone of shame on them to at least limit their ability to reach their feet. I had the requisite bowl of kibble treats to hand out frequently, risking the digits necessary to do my daily job and to type this very blog. Maggie put their leashes on them, reducing their ability to bolt. We plunked down a large, fluffy, dog bed in hopes of lulling them into a sense of calm...and then threw down the gauntlet starting with Baxter.
I'd give you the gory details but let's just leave it at all of us feeling like we'd been to a one-legged ass-kickin' contest...and none of us won.
Our biggest concern is this form of trauma can't be good as young pups (nor for adults!). We have to figure out a better method. I took to the internet and got hits for using the Dremel or PediPaw (of which we own and have tried to no avail), peanut butter on a spoon, taking them to PetSmart (the behavior wouldn't stop for them though), and lastly, sedation. - Heavy Sigh - Any ideas?
With faces like these, it's hard to imagine. Not only that, they're totally messing with our "perfect parent" image.