Get Answers To Important Questions About Dog Nail Trimming

Written by Teresa James,

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Bring outrepparttar clipping tools ahead of time and let your dog become familiar with them. It is important that you remain calm. If youíre nervous, your dog will sense it and associate fear or uncertainty with dog nail trimming. If your dog is nervous use gentle reassurance, but donít coddle your dog. Let your dog know that you expect him to behave, but donít push it too far.

If your dog can only manage to tolerate getting one toenail trimmed thatís all right. Just be persistent and try for another nail at another time. And always remember to reward good behavior with your dog's favorite treat.

How can I cut my dogís nails when he doesnít like his feet touched?

Have patience and start working on getting your dog used to having his feet handled. This must be done gradually, so donít rush it. Try gently touching one foot while your dog is asleep. If your dog wakes up be very casual about it. Just remove your hand and act as if you didnít even notice that you were touching his paw. Anytime your dog resists donít react, just ignorerepparttar 125815 fact that you were even holding his paw and try again another time. Repeat this process and over time your dog will adjust to having his feet handled and you should even be able to start touching individual toes without an adverse reaction.

Whenever your dog allows you to touch his feet always remember to praise your dog and give him a dog treat. Your dog will begin to associate having his feet handled with a pleasant experience. Bring outrepparttar 125816 nail clippers when your dog is very comfortable with you handling his feet and you are confident that you have gained your dogís trust.

Will my dog ever adjust to getting her nails trimmed?

Many dogs may never like to get their nails trimmed, but if done regularly over time, dogs can learn to sit through this routine grooming procedure. Other dogs may never sit still. If you canít get your dog to sit still you may need to recruitrepparttar 125817 help of another person to hold your dog while you trim her nails. While some dogs can be distracted by dog treats alone, others may also have to be held. You may want to try clipping your dogís nails after a full day of exercise when your dog is looking to take a long nap. Tired dogs tend to be less resistant.

If you know that your dog tends to bite when stressed out, for safety sake you should muzzle your pet before you begin a dog nail trimming procedure. Ifrepparttar 125818 task of trimming your dogís nails proves to be too much, find a professional dog groomer or veterinarian for this part of your dogís routine grooming. If you canít get your dog to cooperate itís better that your dog doesnít associate you with this negative experience. If you know that your dog tends to react in an aggressive manner, be sure to let your groomer know what to expect so thatrepparttar 125819 necessary safety precautions can be taken before they begin a dog nail trimming session.

What isrepparttar 125820 quick and what do I need to know about it?

The quick isrepparttar 125821 living part of a dogís nail and has blood vessels running throughout. Cutting intorepparttar 125822 quick during dog nail trimming is painful for your dog and will result in bleeding. If your dog has light colored nails your job will be easier since you will be able to seerepparttar 125823 quick. It will be impossible to seerepparttar 125824 quick if your dogís nails are black or dark in color. If your dog has at least one light colored nail you can usually use that nail as a guide forrepparttar 125825 others. If dog nail trimming is completely new to you, ask your veterinarian or groomer to show you how to trim your dogís nails or consult a good dog care book.

Another important fact to note is thatrepparttar 125826 quick grows withrepparttar 125827 nail. As a dogís nails grow longerrepparttar 125828 quick will also lengthen. So if your dogís nails are over grown you will not be able to cliprepparttar 125829 nails torepparttar 125830 desired length without cutting intorepparttar 125831 quick. You will need to trimrepparttar 125832 tips of your dogís nails often and over timerepparttar 125833 quick will shorten. To avoid cutting intorepparttar 125834 quick youíll want to start by trimming small pieces ofrepparttar 125835 nail until you getrepparttar 125836 hang of it.

Help, Iíve cut my dogís nail too short and now my dog is bleeding! What do I do now?

Donít panic. Your dog is in a little pain butrepparttar 125837 prognosis is good Ė your dog will live! Youíve cut intorepparttar 125838 quick,repparttar 125839 blood-filled tissue in your dogís nail. To stoprepparttar 125840 bleeding take a pinch of styptic powder and press it againstrepparttar 125841 bleeding toenail. Now give your dog lots of treats. The nail should stop bleeding in about 5-10 minutes.

Try not to baby your dog too much. You donít want to bring a lot of unnecessary attention torepparttar 125842 injured nail. Youíll be surprised at how easily your dog will be distracted byrepparttar 125843 dog treats if youíre not making a big deal out ofrepparttar 125844 bleeding toenail. So just stay calm and upbeat and you may be able to finish your dog nail-trimming task.

If your dog is calm and enjoyingrepparttar 125845 treats it's best to continue trimming. If you didnít finish withrepparttar 125846 paw that you were working on you may want to continue on another paw and come back to that one after you have finishedrepparttar 125847 rest. If your dog is too excited you may need to try again at a later time. Donít be discouraged, even professional dog groomers occasionally cut intorepparttar 125848 quick.

If my dogís nails are over grown how can dog nail trimming get them back to a healthy length?

You will need to trim your dogís nails regularly. Start by clipping very small pieces ofrepparttar 125849 nail tip until you can see a dark, round, kind of moist looking disk appear inrepparttar 125850 middle ofrepparttar 125851 nail. This means youíre approachingrepparttar 125852 quick andrepparttar 125853 nail will bleed if you cut it any shorter.

Try trimming this far every week or two andrepparttar 125854 quick will gradually recede. Over timerepparttar 125855 length ofrepparttar 125856 nail can be shortened. Cutting intorepparttar 125857 quick to shorten a dogís over grown nails could lead to an infection. If your dogís nails are extremely over grown and this condition is causing health issues consult your veterinarian immediately.

Trimming your dogís nails is one ofrepparttar 125858 regular home dog grooming tasks that helps to keep your dog healthy and active. As with most dog grooming tasks, rewarding your dog for positive behavior is an important part in your dogís acceptance ofrepparttar 125859 activity. Itís always best when your dog can associaterepparttar 125860 attention you lavish on him or her with a positive, happy memory. Learningrepparttar 125861 tricks to proper dog nail trimming, training your dog with positive feedback, and showing patience and love will makerepparttar 125862 time you spend together a reward in itself.

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Dog Rescue: Is it Right for You?

Written by Blake Kritzberg

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Ask yourself these questions:

- Do I really care what colorrepparttar coat is, what sex it is or how many pounds it weighs?

If so, you really want a puppy from a breeder, not a rescue. Rescue dogs rarely conform to an exact type.

- Am I looking to save money?

You may not save money buying a rescued dog, even thoughrepparttar 125814 initial cost could be $700 or $800 less than from a breeder. Rescue dogs often need more medical care because ofrepparttar 125815 abuse and neglect they suffered before.

- Is my life relatively stable and my household relatively quiet?

All abused creatures, whether dog or human, crave and need an unusually organized household. Many people can be good parents to a rescue dog. But perhapsrepparttar 125816 best potential parent of all is an older person or couple whose children are grown, and who has time and patience to devote torepparttar 125817 dog's mental and physical healing.

- Can I provide regular medical care and regular grooming?

The deepest wish inrepparttar 125818 heart ofrepparttar 125819 Dog Rescue folks is each of their dogs never has to go through another minute of hunger, discomfort or pain again.

When dogs are starved, they sometimes have incontinence problems that heal only slowly. They may need more regular teeth cleaning than a continually cared-for dog. Some need a house training refresher when former owners didn't bother. Most were never clipped or groomed, even inrepparttar 125820 non-shedding breeds. Do you haverepparttar 125821 time and resources to keep your dog totally safe and comfortable?

- Can I considerrepparttar 125822 need and adopt a boy rescue, or an older rescue?

For reasons not entirely clear, many potential adopters go for girl dogs. There's no logic to this: all rescue dogs are spayed or neutered, and boys are as intelligent, witty, loyal, well-behaved and loving as their female counterparts. Perhaps it's just thatrepparttar 125823 rescue impulse leads us to think of "damsels in distress"!

At any rate, that adorable boy that needs a home really deserves your attention. Someone less educated might pass him by for reasons they don't fully understand.

The upshot is, a rescue dog can makerepparttar 125824 best pet you've ever had. He understands exactly what you're giving him, since he didn't have it before. Your newest family member will offer you an overabundance of loyalty forrepparttar 125825 rest of his days.

*How can I help with Dog Rescues?

Dog Rescues are always looking for help. Of course, they need financial contributions, and kennel and medical supplies. They also need 'foster moms' who performrepparttar 125826 difficult task of patiently rendering a dog adoptable, then giving it up to its final owner! So if you have skills in this area and want to help, contactrepparttar 125827 small and amazing group of volunteers that make up your local Dog Rescue.

Blake Kritzberg is happily Mom to a rescue dog, and proprietor of Poodle-oo: Fashion for the Toy Dog Breeds.

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