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3 Things to do when your puppy is tired

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!  Mine involved a plane trip so I decided to leave Kip at his daycare over the span of 4 days. I was extremely happy that the daycare I send Kip to has dog-cam’s installed so I could keep a watch on Kip while I was away.  When I picked him up, Kip’s fur was thoroughly matted with dog slobber and other dog’s fur.  He was also exhausted from running around with the other dogs for 4 days straight.  I took advantage of this and did three things when we got home.

1. Bath time!

While Kip doesn’t enjoy his bath, he doesn’t particularly seem to hate it either. But sometimes he can be stubborn and refuse to turn or move.  Today he seemed too tired to do either.  He seemed to be saying: Might as well get it over with. Hurry it up already.

2. Paw-dicure

I must confess I haven’t done a good job taking care of Kip’s nails. Today I could hear them on the sidewalk as I was walking him.  Trimming his nails is rather a scary task.  Kip has black nails so it’s hard to know how far to cut them.  To make matters worse, the small animal/puppy nail cutter just seemed so bulky and made it feel like I was breaking his nails rather than cutting them.  So when I couldn’t find them I decided to try human nail clippers.  As Kip’s nails are a bit thick to fit completely in the clipper, I had to clip off a corner here and then a corner there and slowly take off a millimeter at a time. It worked for the best though. Since the cuts were smaller with far less pressure, Kip didn’t seem to mind as much. It also felt safer since I was essentially chipping off a little bit at a time. In any case, I had the easiest time cutting his nails because he kept nodding off to sleep because he was so tired.

3. Brush your teeth!

If your puppy does not enjoy getting his or her teeth brushed, I recommend two things.  Try it when they’re tired, and try a different type of toothpaste.  Right now I am using Petrodex Natural Toothpaste.  It’s a peanut butter flavor but with no artificial preservatives or additives.  Kip likes it far better than the poultry flavor and doesn’t bolt when I pick up his toothbrush anymore.  I let him lick the toothpaste before and after I brush his teeth as a treat and so that he brushes his own tongue in the process.  Even so, he hates getting his front teeth and his back molars brushed.  His exhaustion made it a snap to go in and do some extra brushing.

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  • Kip looks exhausted.

    I get like that after a long hike.

    I hate baths and will just go with it when I am THAT tired.

    I also despise the nails being cut.

    The toothbrush thing needs to happen more, but mom uses a tolerable flavor.

    It’s not easy being a clean dog.

    Bet you two are happy you’re together again:)

    • Kim

      Hi Scrappy!

      Kim hasn’t taken me on a hike yet.
      I’m betting it’s because she’ll get tired before I will
      Maybe someday we’ll blaze the trail though!

      I really don’t like getting cleaned up either but at least
      I get to look forward to a treat at the end.
      Did you have a good Thanksgiving?

      Kim and Kip

  • Maybe I need to send my pups to that daycare, because they seem to never get tired!

    I take the pups to petsmart and choose the nail grinding instead of nail clipping. It might cost a little more, but it lasts a lot longer.

    • Kim

      Hey Yuki and Rocket!

      I think sending puppys to a non-kennel daycare on occasion is a good idea(if they have their shots and flea treatment of course). It really lets them run around and blow off all that extra energy that doesn’t go away from a daily 30min-1hr walk. Plus they’re socializing with many other dogs. I think that sending a puppy or dog to daycare daily is a bit too expensive but I think that a once in a while visit can help them release some of that boredom they’ve built up.

      Is the nail grinding something like nail filing?

      Kim and Kip

      • yes, it’s like a electric one and i have noticed the difference. if you use the regular nail clipper sometimes you have to use a regular file, because they scratch my legs up with jagged edges. also i noticed they go a few weeks longer with the grinding, when i clip them, i have to do it weekly.

        here’s the petsmart link it’s 11 bucks.


        • Kim

          I might have to try that sometime. I think I’ve read a review about one of those electronic files somewhere online before. It’s very interesting that it lasts longer than clipping though. Did the groomers ever tell you why it has that effect?

  • You know I never thought to ask? Rockets nails are black, and I feel this is a safer then cutting them because his quick has been cut before. If I remember to ask when I take them I’ll let you know what they tell me. :)

  • These are some great things to do when your puppy is tired. We use a Dremel on our puppies nails rather than the nail clippers. Linus had his quick cut when he was younger and has never been a fan of the clippers. It took us a little while along with some training (positive reinforcement with treats) to get them used to the Dremel, but now they’ll sit their calmly while I work on trimming their nais.

    One other thing I do when my pups are sleeping quietly at my feet is give them verbal praise to let them know they’re being good boys.

    • Kim

      Oh, so reinforcing ‘sleeping quietly at your feet!’
      I should start doing that too. Thanks so much for the tip!

      I had to look up what a Dremel is, but it looks like it is a nail grinder that Yuki and Rocket mention in their comment above. I remember seeing one of those tools online and that particular model didn’t seem to have such good reviews. Is there a particular brand that is working well for you?

  • I TOTALLY agree with you! That whole bath thing is definitely one task my Chihuahua prefers never to do if it was up to her. I finally got her to tolerate it since the sound of running water used to scare her. She’s no longer afraid of the water anymore, she just doesn’t like to get wet…unless it’s her choice to swim in the lake with her Labradoodle siblings. ;-)

    • Kim

      I always wonder if the sound of running water from a faucet is like a deafening loud sound to my dog. We all know that dog’s have amazing hearing and maybe what doesn’t seem that loud to us is absolutely deafening to them? Kip usually scrambles to the other side of the tub and tries to jump out. It’s usually easier if he’s further away from the faucet and I use a plastic measuring cup to pour the water on him (even though it’s less convenient than sticking him under the faucet directly).