If your dog is due for nail clipping but you dread the appointment because it’s an anxiety-filled experience, you’re not alone. While some dogs take this grooming detail in stride, others get very nervous and fidgety.
- Offer Treats: A little positive reinforcement goes a long way with getting a dog to cooperate, especially if your four-legged friend loves food. Offering treats after each nail clip or when each paw is completed can make the experience more tolerable and reinforce the idea that there’s nothing scary about getting their nails clipped.
- Practice Without Clippers: Take some time to slowly introduce your dog to the process of clipping their nails without actually clipping them. This is a good practice if you have a puppy so you can get them comfortable early. Get down on the floor with them and handle their paws and pads, then have them sit on your lap and simulate clippers by applying some pressure to each nail.
- Get Obedience Training: Basic obedience training, such as learning to sit, lay down, and stay in one place for a period of time, can help your dog as you’re grooming them. This will be helpful when taking them for their dog grooming appointment.
- Celebrate When It’s Over: If your dog has to sit still for any length of time to get their nails clipped, they will be excited when it’s over. Give them some excited praise and offer another treat — knowing they get a reward after the process may make it easier on both of you next time.
Armed with some of these helpful dog grooming tips, you can make the process of clipping your pup’s nails a little less stressful for everyone. To schedule your dog’s next nail clipping appointment, contact the staff at Pet Fashion and Grooming by calling them at (347) 726-9409. Visit them online for more information about their services, including doggy day care, pet sitting, and their animal clinic.