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Thursday, October 15, 2009

How to Clip Your Dog's Nails

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Another tip for hassle-free pedicures that you may have heard: Dogs need to come to accept humans handling all parts of their body. You can help your dog along with this by gently massaging, petting and feeling all her parts on a regular basis. Small treats throughout these sessions, until she becomes more accustomed, will help her stick with you while you work through all her body parts. Building up her tolerance of your handling will be helpful throughout her life, whenever she is hurt, has a tick that must be removed, needs grooming and has a vet visit. As you hold her, massaging her ears, feet, tail, snout, belly, etc., give her soft  praise and reward her with a special treat at the end of your session.

Remember, this should be a positive experience, so if you have an especially resistant pet, start with short sessions and gradually work up to longer periods of handling, giving plenty of praise and encouragement. These sessions will greatly help you with trimming her nails, as well as clipping fur, removing ticks and other tasks that require her to be held, handled and remain still for you. Don't give up!

If you need clippers, be sure to buy the right size for your dog:

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