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Tips for Pet Nail Trimmers – Don’t Let the Pet See the Nail Trimmer to Avoid a Struggle During Dog Nail Clipping

February 21, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Nail Clipping, General Dog Health, PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer, Pet Nail Clippers and Nail Trimmers, Pet Products, Peticure Dog Nail Trimmer

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Looking for ways to avoid a struggle when it’s time to cut a dog’s nails? Many dogs will literally run and hide when they see the pet nail trimmer or clippers. The actual dog nail clipping process can be very stressful for some pets and owners, but there are some simple tips that will prevent a struggle next time you cut a dog’s nails.

Tip to Cut Dog Nails – Don’t Let the Pet Watch While Clipping Dog’s Nails

Some dogs get very anxious when an owner tries to cut a dog’s nails. To reduce anxiety, it can be helpful  to prevent the dog from watching the clipping process.

To to this, create a shield. A baby’s bib can be used for a small or medium dog; a piece of fabric or towel can be tied around the dog’s neck in the case of a larger dog. This will prevent the dog from watching during the nail trimming process.

In addition, cut the dog’s nails while the pet is in a standing position. Bend the dog’s leg at the knee, so the paw is positioned beneath or behind the dog. This measure will also prevent the dog from watching during the pet’s nail trimming. Watching during the nail clipping often triggers anxiety due to the anticipation of discomfort or pain.

Help for Dog Nail Clipping – Offer Rewards and Introduce the Dog to the Pet Nail Trimmer to Avoid Struggles During Nail Trims

To prevent and lessen a dog’s anxiety during nail trimming, it’s important to make the experience a rewarding one. Owners should offer plenty of praise and treats during and after the pet’s nail trimming process.

In addition, owners must introduce the dog to the pet nail trimmer, whether it’s a traditional nail clipper tool or a more modern dremel-style nail trimmer like the Peticure or the PediPaws nail trimmer. Show the nail trimmer or clippers to the dog a few times per day; hold a treat in the same hand and offer it to the dog. Offer generous praise when the dog takes the treat. The dog will begin to associate the nail clippers or trimmer with positive experiences like receiving treats and praise.

Dog owners should also handle their dog’s paws while the dog is relaxing; owners can even offer a doggy foot massage! Some pet owners only handle the dog’s paws when it’s time for a dog pedicure, so it’s important to break that association.

Once the dog is comfortable with the sight of the nail clippers and he’s comfortable having his paws handled, pet owners can begin tapping the pet’s paw and nails with the clippers, while offering praise and treats. This will prepare the dog for nail clippings or nail trimmings, while reducing the dog’s anxiety and fear of nail clipping.

Related Articles on Dog Nail Clipping

Dog owners may enjoy The Sick Dog Blog’s related articles, including Pet Nail Trimming – How to Avoid Clipping a Dog’s Nails Too Short,

If a pet owner accidentally cuts into the quick, resulting in a dog with a bleeding nail, read How to Stop a Dog’s Nail From Bleeding – How to Help if You Clip a Dog’s Nails Too Short.

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Pet Nail Trimming – How to Avoid Clipping a Dog’s Nail Too Short

January 10, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Injuries, Dog Nail Clipping, Dog Nail Injuries and Broken Nails, General Dog Health, Home Remedies for Dogs, PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer, Pet Nail Clippers and Nail Trimmers, Pet Products, Peticure Dog Nail Trimmer, Stop a Dog's Nail Bleeding, Styptic Powder for Bleeding Nails

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Accidentally cut a dog’s nail too short and it’s not an experience that the dog or pet owner is likely to forget. It can be frightening for the owner because a dog’s broken nail will bleed profusely and it’s difficult to get the bleeding to stop.

It’s important to avoid clipping a dog’s nails too short, as this can be very painful for the dog. If the dog associates pain with nail clipping, it’s very likely that the dog will struggle next time the nail clippers come out!

What’s worse, a dog who struggles and tries to run away during nail trimming is more likely to suffer an over-clipped nail due to sudden movement!

Tip to Avoid Cutting a Dog’s Nails too Short

It’s really easy to clip a dog’s nails too short because the quick is longer than it looks. If you hold a dog’s paw up to the light, you can see the nail quick. But the very tip of the quick narrows and it’s located at the very core of the nail; this makes it difficult to (visually) determine where the quick ends.

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In short, the quick is longer than it looks. So to avoid clipping a dog’s nails too short try this: Look at the dog’s nail in bright light; determine the point where it looks like the nail ends; the quick extends about 1/8 – 1/6 of an inch beyond where it looks like the quick ends, so it will need to be clipped beyond that point.

If a dog has dark or black nails, it’s best to avoid clipping since you can’t tell where the quick ends. Instead of using nail clippers, opt for a dremel-style pet nail trimmer like PediPaws (pictured above, available for $19.99 at PetSmart) or Dremel’s Pet Nail Grooming Kit (pictured at left, available for $49.99 at PetSmart).

PediPaws and dremel-style nail trimmers for pets are also ideal for dogs who are scared of nail clipping – you know, the dogs who run and hide at the very sight of the nail clippers! To get more tips on how to help a dog who’s scared of nail trimming, read Tips to Avoid a Struggle During Dog Nail Clipping.

Another tip: trim a dog’s nails frequently! At least twice a month; more often if the dog does not walk on pavement (pavement naturally files the dog’s nails a bit). The dog’s nail quick actually grows longer if you don’t trim a dog’s nails on a regular basis. This leaves the dog more prone to painful and bloody broken nails, which can require a trip to the veterinary clinic and anesthesia to fix!

Read this related article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn about products and home remedies to get a dog’s nail to stop bleeding.

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