A co-worker with a big heart and a big dog has a big problem. Her 100-pound golden retreiver/Newfie rescue has long hair around its feet that she would like to trim before the snow deepens. When she tries, he protests. She's petite. He's large. The last time she tried, he rolled up from on his side and sort of head butted her.
The dog she describes as a sweetheart of a teenager has had a rough upbringing. He's had broken bones from abuse. He has arthritis. He has an autoimmune issue that comes and goes, she says. He's on medication for the discomfort.
When she got him, he showed signs of aggressiveness. Teeth flashing. Growls. Threats. He bit the vet once. But she says he's made terrific progress since she got him in April. The threats have stopped. He snuggles with her at night. He nuzzles her several times in the middle of the night like he just wants to be reassured she's there and he's loved.
But she still has the grooming issue. She started out fairly slowly. She brushed him first. It was just when she touched the feet that he reacted. How do you get an older dog to tolerate being touched? Especially one that quite possibly outweighs you.
Any ideas would be appreciated.