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Hi all, second time basset person but first time puppy! We got our dog at 10 weeks and he has always been extremely sensitive about his paws being touched. The only place that has ever clipped his nails was the vet, so I have considered that it was a bad experience for him if they were a bit rough. I have no idea as they are not allowing people inside, but they’ve been my vet hospital for various animals for 20 years so I trust them.
Anyway, does anyone else have a basset with extreme nail trimming anxiety? He gets very aggressive, I would guess he might bite if I didn’t stop when I see the warning signs. Even if I pick up his foot/leg to untangle the leash he yelps. He’s 13 months now and tolerates me touching his feet and nails, but he gets lip-curly after a minute (yes, that’s the technical term)
Thanks for any info or thoughts!
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Yes re having to have my vet all the time, to do his nails. Harvey was our first (and yes, I believe he would have bitten me!) and I never managed to get him to coperate so it was off to the vet for this to be done on a regular basis :(

After him I 'conditioned' my hounds to accept this being done. I started by sitting with them in the evening when they were sleepy, touching the back feet first and moving to the front, no clipper in sight. Once they were reasonably ok with this, I moved onto introducing the clippers - back feet. The moment I got a reaction, I stopped, trying again the next day. Once that went ok, I moved to the front legs. It didn't happen in five minutes with some, but for sure, I was always able to clip nails with those following the first. We had a routine, Friday evenings, nails and ears.

You may be right about a previous experience with your lad (nice boy btw) because my Whippet doesn't like this being done. I tend to put that down to her breeder whipping round her feet just before we brought her home, and perhaps not being as gentle as she might! I have managed to get her to let me do her nails, but even at approaching 13 years now, she isn't happy to have this done. Which is why to be honest, her nails have never been as short as I like. Her feet are a different shape to those of a Basset of course. She doesn't wear them down on the hardish ground she is normally walked on.
 

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Many if not most basset have issue with feet touching especial if they are not use to it. It is why starting at only a couple weeks old we trim nails ever week with all the litter, So in general they are better but there still can be plenty of drama, One person feeding cookies and a second doing the nails is often a simple way to avoid a lot of drama. It is unlikely the dog had a bad previous experience it is more often just the nature of the beast
 

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Thank you both for your responses. I ordered a nail grinding tool and I'm hoping with that and a bag of liver treats I can get the job done safely and calmly over time.
 
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