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rescue dog

Have a rescue dog who I feel so sorry for.He will not let anyone touch his paws to clip his nails,the vet tried and said he would have to be "knocked out" which is dangerous...I will wait until summer when we can walk on the sidewalks.
He also is scared of other dogs and shovels and brooms..the vet said well I guess we know what that could be from..he is also afraid of trucks..He is extremely well behaved , I imagine he is thinking in his doggy mind,"Maybe if i am good enough I will stay."I want to him to realize this is his forever home...how can I get himn to let us touch his paws and build up his confidence?
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1916673 tn?1420233270
There are really only two ways. One you have identified, which is to medicate him at a vet practice. The other, which I would do, is muzzle him and then be the dominant alpha of the pack and trim his nails. I advise this because you are going to have to do this on a regular basis, so it's worth you overcoming the 'issue' now, rather than pay constantly for vet and med bills for this task. The first occasion you do this may be traumatic, but he will recover - you can take things one stage at a time, so muzzle him, but don't do anything, then remove the muzzle so he can see nothing unpleasant happened. Do this a few times, then start muzzling him and touching his paws for a few times, then move slowly until you feel confident enough to trim the nails. Tony
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1916673 tn?1420233270
There are really only two ways. One you have identified, which is to medicate him at a vet practice. The other, which I would do, is muzzle him and then be the dominant alpha of the pack and trim his nails. I advise this because you are going to have to do this on a regular basis, so it's worth you overcoming the 'issue' now, rather than pay constantly for vet and med bills for this task. The first occasion you do this may be traumatic, but he will recover - you can take things one stage at a time, so muzzle him, but don't do anything, then remove the muzzle so he can see nothing unpleasant happened. Do this a few times, then start muzzling him and touching his paws for a few times, then move slowly until you feel confident enough to trim the nails. Tony
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