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 [...]
Last week, I wrote about why doggy nail trimming is needed to protect your dog’s health, longevity, and comfort. This week, I’ve got a few tips for those of you who are novices at dog nail trimming.
First, set the dog up for success.
Puppies may have had their first nail trims from their breeders. If that trimming was done properly, the puppies have experienced no pain, discomfort, or stress during the process. They have also been rewarded, so their first impression of nail trimming is that it’s closely allied with getting treats and other good stuff, like attention and praise, from [...]
Many years ago, when I was relatively new to dog-owning, a friend and neighbor asked if I would take a look at his Irish setter, who was not doing well. The dog was middle-aged and physically very active, but recently had been suspiciously unwilling or unable even to stand up and walk around. The friend loved his dog very much and wanted to know what I thought might be wrong.
I went to his house and there was the dog, curled up on a dog bed, alert and eager to greet me—but he would not stand up. I figured that, as [...]