How to Tackle Your Dog’s Fear of Nail Trimming

By January 21, 2016 Dogs No Comments

close up of dog nail trimmingNail trimming can be a difficult task for dog owners, especially if their pet has already experienced some type of trauma in the past. That being said, it’s always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian about the issue before it becomes worse. Here are ways you and your vet can work to address your dog’s fear of nail trimming.

Use the Right Trimmer
Finding the right nail trimmer for your dog is essential, and your vet will know exactly which tools to use on his or her nails. Many nail trimmers these days also come with “guards” that protect against clipping the nail too short, which can cause pain.

Desensitize Your Dog
Desensitization is something that your vet may recommend if your dog does not like his paws touched. This involves gently petting your dog, including his paws, to calm him down and get used to your hands in these areas.

Use Treats for Positive Reinforcement
Just because your dog may have had a bad experience with nail trimming in the past doesn’t mean that the future has to be the same. Your vet may encourage the use of tasty treats to help your dog associate trimming with a more positive experience.

Only your vet can determine which of these tips are best for your dog and assess your specific situation. Contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals today to learn more about nail trimming and the stress-reducing options available to you. Our staff of trained professionals can provide insight into what may work for your dog.