Does your dog run a mile every time you even touch his feet? We know it’s important for dog’s nails to be trimmed regularly to prevent problems but what do you do if you can’t even get near their foot? We take you step by step from the very beginning to stress free pup-icures.

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Our Treasure Coast dog training includes all aspects of cooperative care. Whether we’re working with you to get your dog used to nail trims or being groomed, we can equip them and you with the necessary tools to make trips to the groomer or vet a stress-free experience. Get in touch with us today for a free puppy training consultation. 

How to Trim a Dog’s Nails if they Don’t Like it.

Step one Start by presenting the nail clippers and pairing them with food to create a positive association.

Step two Once comfortable with that, we begin touching the clippers to the paw without clipping and rewarding

Step Three After lots of practice, move on to clipping 1 nail, then retreat and reward.

Step Four Carry on this process until you’ve completed all of the claws.

See our video below showing this how this process works


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Tips For Trimming Dogs Nails

Take things slowly. Never rush the process, make sure you set out to trim the nails when you have lots of time to spare.

Don’t become frustrated if the dog isn’t quick to react how you’d like. He’ll pick up on your frustration and is likely to feel even more anxious.

Remember, even one nail is a victory. You can always repeat the process tomorrow and eventually, all of the nails will be trimmed.

Why Is it Important to Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

Trimming a dog’s nails is important for several reasons:

Comfort and Health: Long nails can be uncomfortable for a dog, causing them pain and affecting their ability to walk properly. If nails become too long, they can even curl into the dog’s paw pads, leading to infection or other health issues.

Prevention of Injuries: Overgrown nails can contribute to accidents and injuries. Dogs with long nails may be more prone to slipping on smooth surfaces, and their nails can get caught in carpets or other surfaces, potentially leading to injuries.

Maintaining Mobility: Proper nail length is crucial for a dog’s ability to walk and run comfortably. If nails are too long, it can alter the dog’s gait and cause joint problems over time.

Preventing Splitting and Cracking: Long nails are more likely to split or crack, which can be painful for the dog. This can also lead to bleeding and infections if not addressed promptly.

Behavioral Issues: Dogs with overgrown nails may experience discomfort, leading to behavioral problems such as irritability or aggression. Regular nail trimming can contribute to a more comfortable and well-behaved pet.

Avoidance of Damage to Home and Furniture: Long nails can scratch floors, furniture, and even people. Regular trimming helps prevent damage to your home and belongings.

Preventing Ingrown Nails: If a dog’s nails are allowed to grow too long, there is an increased risk of them curling into the paw pad, causing pain and potential infection.

While it’s important to trim a dog’s nails, it’s equally important to do so correctly to avoid cutting into the quick (the sensitive, blood-rich part of the nail). Some dogs may be resistant to nail trimming, so it’s essential to introduce them to the process gradually and use positive reinforcement to make it a positive experience. If you’re unsure about how to trim your dog’s nails or if your dog has particularly challenging nails, consider seeking advice from a veterinarian or a professional groomer.

Dog Training Treasure Coast

If you’re unsure about trimming your dog’s nails, we can help. We train humans as well as puppies. Our Treasure Coast Puppy Trainers can help you to feel more confident in training your dog to have grooming tasks completed and your dog to feel more comfortable while his essential maintenance is carried out. For a free consultation, simply book here.