When I attended my first dog-training class in 1980, with my first dog, I had little idea of how dog training was done. But I had ridden horses from the time I was seven years old, so I knew about how training classes were conducted. The dog-training class I entered did not seem all that different from the equitation classes I had attended as a kid: participants suited up their animals in the required equipment, got in line, and marched around in a big circle while an instructor stood in the middle of the ring and called commands.
The commands were [...]
Now that your dog is accustomed to having his paws handled and his nails filed with the emery board, it’s finally time to move on to cutting his nails with nail clippers.
You’ll need to invest in a good pair. I would strongly urge you to avoid buying dog nail clippers at the grocery store!
You may be lucky enough to live near a pet supply store where you can window-shop and get expert advice from a member of the staff. I would highly recommend that you seek out such a store, if one exists in your neighborhood. In fact, if one [...]
Last week, I wrote about getting your dog used to having his paws handled. This week, we’ll move on to handling the nails and, eventually, trimming the nails.
First, you’ll need some low-tech equipment: an emery board. The size of the emery board should be appropriate to the size of the dog. For large dogs like my golden retriever, I would recommend the largest “human” emery board. For small dogs like my Yorkie mix, I would recommend the smallest. There are sizes to fit every dog.
Emery boards are inexpensive and easily available, which is great. Even more important, they can be [...]