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Bring out 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 ignore 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 out 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 recruit 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. If 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 that necessary safety precautions can be taken before they begin a dog nail trimming session.
What is quick and what do I need to know about it?
The quick is living part of a dogís nail and has blood vessels running throughout. Cutting into 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 see quick. It will be impossible to see 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 for 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 that quick grows with nail. As a dogís nails grow longer quick will also lengthen. So if your dogís nails are over grown you will not be able to clip nails to desired length without cutting into quick. You will need to trim tips of your dogís nails often and over time quick will shorten. To avoid cutting into quick youíll want to start by trimming small pieces of nail until you get 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 but prognosis is good Ė your dog will live! Youíve cut into quick, blood-filled tissue in your dogís nail. To stop bleeding take a pinch of styptic powder and press it against 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 to injured nail. Youíll be surprised at how easily your dog will be distracted by dog treats if youíre not making a big deal out of 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 enjoying treats it's best to continue trimming. If you didnít finish with paw that you were working on you may want to continue on another paw and come back to that one after you have finished 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 into 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 of nail tip until you can see a dark, round, kind of moist looking disk appear in middle of nail. This means youíre approaching quick and nail will bleed if you cut it any shorter.
Try trimming this far every week or two and quick will gradually recede. Over time length of nail can be shortened. Cutting into 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 of 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 of activity. Itís always best when your dog can associate attention you lavish on him or her with a positive, happy memory. Learning tricks to proper dog nail trimming, training your dog with positive feedback, and showing patience and love will make time you spend together a reward in itself.
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