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Auntie Aryn @strangeherdthings came to visit today to teach us how to teach Willow (who loves her so much) and Corbin to volunteer to get their nails filed with a dremel. 👩🏼❤️🐺
I’ve been wanting to learn this from Aryn for a long time, since Miss Wild is no fan of the nail clippers and I am terrified of hurting her. In the past, Bill and I had been tag-teaming and I fed her cookies while he clipped her nails much like a horse getting his feet cleaned. Though Willow did well, it will be nice to have nail time be a lot more fun and less stressful.
This is step one, which we’ll be working on for a little while.
The Bucket Game, aka pile of cookies in sight, if Willow chooses to come lay down, she gets a cookie🍪. Gradually work up to touch and handle paws (🍪), introduce the dremel sight (🍪) and sound (🍪). Always remember to release her after a few cookies, so she can move away from her mat or bed. If she chooses to come back reward and start over. 😌
The whole point here is -choice- that she has the choice to walk away if she wants or voluntarily work. This will be wonderful to stay under threshold and hopefully make vet visits less stressy too.
Leeloo is stellar with her nail trims, but was game to learn too 😆
Later on, we had Bill 🧔🏻 try it, since he’s been the nail trimmer and though she adores her daddy, Willow still needs warming up to more invasive handling by him.
You can see him introduce sight, sound and brief touches in the second video.
In the third, you see 🧔🏻keep working with Corbie and Willow choosing to come back to the bed for more work. It may have been slightly prompted by fear of missing out, but it was still her choice, which is in itself a big step! ❤️
Thank you @strangeherdthings for the lesson, the visit and for being such a great buddy to us!
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  • 18w ago heavenmcarthur heavenmcarthur

    So good!!

  • 18w ago willowthewildandco willowthewildandco

    @bixbipet thank you for making training time the best time ❤️

  • 18w ago willowthewildandco willowthewildandco

    @heavenmcarthur Aryn is amazing. Beautifully simple but powerful techniques ❤️

  • 18w ago emmas_wanderlust emmas_wanderlust

    I love that you include Corbin even though he’s a senior. Old dogs can learn new things too! 🙌🏻

  • 18w ago willowthewildandco willowthewildandco

    @emmas_wanderlust definitely! He will benefit from this too! He LOVES food so much and dislikes having his paws handled, so if anything, this helps his enrichment and creates some positive associations ☺️❤️

  • 18w ago littlehounddog littlehounddog

    Aryn is a fantastic trainer, you are in good hands with her! ❤️

  • 18w ago nikkiboo29 nikkiboo29

    @_brittgerhold tips for Boh! (:

  • 18w ago losbestos losbestos

    We have done the same with the hairdryer. Ambra has sensitive skin so we need to wash her with saltwater and blowdry her afterwards quite often. She was terrified of the dryer but now she stands there volenteerly and eat banana(her favourite treat) while I blowdry her.

  • 18w ago westwaystudio westwaystudio

    Roxy requires cream cheese and bacon to get her nails done!

  • 18w ago choxx213 choxx213

    Aw! This is so helpful! Choxxi does not like her nails being done but this might help! Thanks for sharing!👍💙🐶

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