One thing that frustrates and bothers dogs is having their nails trimmed. It can be a frustrating task for a dog owner. We have compiled a list of tips to make trimming your dog’s nails easier for both you and your dog.
Your dog’s nails should be trimmed once per month. Before trimming your dog’s nails make sure that you have the proper nail trimming tools. You can check your local pet supply store for more information, and purchasing.
When clipping your dog’s nails be careful to only clip the tip of the nail. Cutting to much of the nail will cause bleeding and a possible infection.
How do you get you dog to sit still while you clip his nails? That is the $100,000 question! There is no simple answer. The first thing you have to do is coax your dog close enough to get to his nails. Take it slow. You definitely don’t want to just grab the nail and attempt to cut it. It’s easier to cut the nails of puppies than older dogs. Puppies are more adaptable.
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Experts will tell you that the first thing you’re going to have to do is get your dog used to you touching his paw. One trick is to begin by giving your dog the command: “Give me your paw.” Then shaking his paw as if you’re shaking hands. You should practice this for sometime and reinforce behavior with a treat so that your dog becomes use to the command.
When you feel that you have gained the trust of your dog it is time to take out the clippers. Allow your dog to sniff them and get used to seeing them. Keep practicing this until your dog shows no sign of aversion to seeing the clippers near him.
Once your dog is completely comfortable with the command, holding his paw, and seeing the clippers he’s ready to have his nails trimmed. Start by commanding your dog to give you his paw. Take the clippers and cut one nail. Immediately give your dog a treat and heap praise on him. Watch his reaction. If he reacts negatively you should end the session and put your clippers away for another time.
After a few days it’s time to try again. Follow the procedure above. Be sure to reinforce the good behavior by giving him a treat and praise. Watch his reaction. If you find that your dog is receptive this time you may continue.
Clip each nail. As you go give your dog half a treat. Be sure not to appear nervous or anxious. Before long you’ll be able to clip his nails with no problem.
Remember that you are not hurting your precious fur baby. You are actually helping him by preventing pain and problems which can cause your dog issues with walking.
If you simply can’t bare the thought of trimming your dog’s nails you have two choices. You can either take your dog to the vet or you can have your dog groomed. In either case you will have your dog’s nails trimmed by a professional.