I have started training at last! This is part of my susan garratt course and, if i ever get near Tilly's foot, it will be progress. So i got started last week and got a dremmel and nail clippers. Then i realised i needed a target stick to teach the game on position. Susan uses a game on position so the dog can signal when he is up for nail clipping. And when he has had enough. Murph already has a game on position for grooming and i thought he is pretty stoic so i havent gone through susan's programme for him. Basically, i did the exact thing susan says not to do. Got hold of his foot and took the end of his nail off with the clipper. Nearly lost an eye! Game off all right! Murph does not like clippers. However, the dremmel is ok if someone holds a kong full of peanut butter at his nose. First time i have dremelled his nails ever. I have been doing it all wrong always. After stumbling upon an article headed "top 5 mistakes dog owners make with dog nails" or something like that, i realised i make every mistake going. Including leaving it to the groomer twice a year Anyway, we got round his nails over a couple of nights and now he doesnt tip tap on the kitchen floor at all. Holding a distractor at nose level is not advised by susan either but it seemed to work ok for murph. Tills will be a whole different ball game. However we have started with promise today. Good thing is i have never tried to clip her nails so no negative bad experience. Bad thing i only now realise i should have started as a puppy getting her used to this. Oh well. So she isnt scared of the sight of the dremmel switched off or on low speed. High speed she doesnt like. But she doesnt like the hoover either so no surprise there. Game on position. Yes she can do that easily. But as soon as i hold a paw it is game off!! Still, only day one so i will go very slowly and see if i can get her comfortable with it. And, as with all training, it has fried both dogs' brains and they are now fast asleep. Though next door has started drilling the wall. Maybe the dogs will dream of dremmels . . .