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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