For the last five days, I’ve been able to cut one nail each day. I think I’m seeing progress. There was no blood today – from me. Every other day, I’ve ended up with battle wounds. I’m not saying he sat quietly or cooperated but . . it was a little better.
It is such a struggle to cut those bear claws of his but it’s much worse taking him to the vet to have it done. I am hopeful that some day, it will be easier – not necessarily easy but not quite so difficult. Little Cooper doesn’t even seem to notice when I’m cutting his nails. The funny thing is that I have to put Oscar in the crate while cutting Cooper’s nails because Oscar will bark and growl and jump up on me trying to get me to stop cutting Cooper’s nails. Crazy boy!!
I’ve tried the different grinders – some even maid especially for cutting dogs’ nails but these (affiliate link) are the ones that are working best for me now. They don’t make much noise at all and it’s easy to put a treat on top of them and let Oscar eat it off the cutter . . just trying to get him to be not so afraid of them.
Today Vince said “I’m glad one of the dachshunds is easy to deal with.” I’ve never had one quite as chill as Cooper but I’ve also never had one quite as difficult as Oscar. Some days when I’m dealing with Oscar, I’m surprised I was brave enough to get another one.
Surprisingly, at this point, Oscar was easier to house train than Cooper is being. When Oscar was this age, we were going into spring . . and that probably made things a bit easier.
The best news is (1) neither of them are picky eaters and (2) they are both excellent sleepers.