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 [...]
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 [...]