I have a pit bull mix that is absolutely terrified of getting her nails clipped…

I have a pit bull mix that is absolutely terrified of getting her nails clipped, ears cleaned, and bathed or sprayed with flea remedy. She won’t even let me give her a dry bath.

I get anywhere near her with this stuff and she starts growling and showing teeth. I back off and she looks away at me and won’t come to me for awhile even if I don’t have the stuff in my hands anymore.

I know the nail clipping phobia comes from when I tried to clip her nails and messed up, hitting her quick. But everything else I have no idea.

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Jana Rade
7 years ago

Hi Sarah, sorry you too are having such a hard time. How does she do with other types of handling, having her feet touched, having her ears touched and looked at without the trimming and cleaning tools around? Does she allow brushing? Is it the sight of the tools or you opening a specific drawer/cabinet door? There is no quick fix to this. You will need to change the way she feels about these things; make the sight of these things a promise of something great. You need to step back and start working on making new associations. Here is… Read more »