Most dogs do not like people messing with their paws. In fact, grooming this area is probably the most challenging because dogs tend to pull back, squirm or bite. But it is important to groom their paws because nails and/or hair can grow too long which can cause discomfort, drag in dirt and stickers from outside, and just plain hurt the dog.
Grooming yur dog will go much more smoothly if you acclimate your dog to handling their feet. A good practice for doing this is to hold your dog’s foot for a few seconds and then let go. You should never let go if the dog is struggling. Doing so sends a signal to the dog that their behavior is acceptable. Wait until the dog is calm and then click, if you use a clicker to train, and reward with a treat.
You should keep these beginning sessions short and reward the dog often. Once the dog is accustomed to having their feet handled, start holding individual toes, and then introduce grooming utlensils. You don’t want to stress the dog, so use slow movements to help keep them calm.
Here are some handy tips for trimming your dog’s nails.
-grab the nail on each side with your index finger and thumb.
-using a sharpened trimmers or clippers, cut the nail where it begins to curve.
-remove sharp edges after trimming by using a file or dremmel to smooth the edges.
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