Mom bought a FURminator (however you spell it) nail grinder for only $6 off eBay, and it arrived today. So far we've had two sessions. The first one Mom didn't even touch my feet, she was just conditioning me to the grinder. She's ask me to touch it with my nose, I'd get a verbal marker in the place of a click from my clicker and a treat. She'd show it to me, verbal marker (VM from now on) and treat. She'd hold my paw with the grinder on her lap, VM and treat. She'd run the grinder (off) over my body and legs, all the while praising and treating. Finally, she turned it on and held it away from me, VM-ing and treating the whole time.That session lasted about 10 minutes.
|Look who's back at her ideal weight? That's right, this girl!|
Then last night we had another session. This one was about 15-20 minutes, and she actually used it on me. I'll let her take it from here. Thanks, Bean. Okay, so first off I simply held the grinder (off) in my hand while giving Nola lots of treats (Zuke's) and praising the heck out of her. Then I'd turn it on and hold it away from her, praising and treating. Next I held the butt end of it against her body, so she'd get used to the vibration, while treating and praising. Finally, I used it on 3 of her nails. This resulted in a shower of praise, treats, and her yogurt filled Kong. I did push it a little too far though; I should have stopped with the 2 nails and not tried to do a third. I ended the session after that, after giving her yet more treats and praise.
I'm going to amp up the counter conditioning I've been doing for months with her feet, even if I'm not using the grinder or clippers. Keeping it fun and positive!
I think the grinder will be a great tool, with a lot of work on my part to make it something Nola B enjoys, or at least willingly tolerates. ;)
Kisses and Tail Wags and Hugs,
Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy