Prepare Your Dog For Nail Trimming

PomeranianOne aspect of dog ownership that some owners choose to get done by the best dog groomer Norwich has to offer is nail trimming.

Some owners are wary about carrying this out themselves as it can make both dogs and owners quite nervous. However, it is important as if your dog’s nails get too long they can break, which is painful and can sometimes result in infection.

Nails that haven’t been trimmed can also cause problems walking that lead to skeletal damage.

Whether or not you want to trim your dog’s nails yourself or you want to send them to a vet or groomer to do it then you need to bear in mind that you need to teach your dog to associate nail trimming with things he loves.

So whenever you cut your dog’s nails, immediately follow up with doing something he loves. For example, clip a nail and then feed your dog a delicious treat. The dog will eventually decide that nail clipping is fine.

You can also prepare your dog for nail trimming by slowly letting them get used to you touching their feet. You can try picking up one of your dog’s paws and gently touch his toes and nails for a few seconds. Then release his paw and immediately give him a treat. Repeat this for a couple of minutes.

If after a couple of days the dog seems comfortable with this then try placing a pair of clippers to their nails and then give them a treat. Repeat this as you did the other steps.

Once this has been done you should be able to proceed with clipping your dog’s nails, whether you do it yourself or get your groomer to do it, with as little stress as possible for you and your pet.

Read more about nail clipping on the ASPCA website.

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