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This works for cats, too 🙂
So how do you make nail-trimming a positive
experience for you both? Here are 7 tips to help.
I find scissors more versatile. Make sure they’re sharp, blunt blades can hurt. Choose the right size for your pooch. Be careful using the “guide” on some nail clippers, you can cut off too much. Make sure the area is well-lit, makes it easier to see if you’re getting too close to the quick.
Gauge your dog’s stress threshold and don’t force him past his comfort level. You might need to start with getting him comfortable with touching his paw, progress to touching his paw with the scissors, and only weeks later start trimming. Even then, it’s better to trim one nail a day, than push your dog into distress trying to do them all.
Keep a calm, soothing, trust-building demeanor (deal with your own nail-cutting stress!) If your dog shows signs of reluctance, don’t reprimand him. Keep the experience positive. Have someone help you. Make sure your pooch is comfortable and relaxed (goes for you, too).
Hold the paw close to their body and gently separate the toes, don’t squeeze the paw. Slice off small amounts of the claw at a time by cutting at a 45-degree angle below the quick. The quick is visible as a black dot in the center of the nail. Then shave off around the sides. If you cut the quick: don’t panic, stay calm, give their favorite treats, and apply anti-coagulant (styptic powder,
corn starch, even ice).
Have both high-value, and low-value treats on hand. Use treats to foster a positive association with the experience. Depending on where you are in the training process, treats can be used with “yes” when letting you touch their paw, all the way to allowing you to trim a nail. See tip 4 for ‘quick’ treat happiness.
Some dogs quickly learn to associate positivity with claw-cutting. For others, the progress can be 2-steps forward and 1-step back. Depending on past experiences, your dog might need daily focused effort to change the association. Either way, their nails must get trimmed, and if a professional groomer is where you and your pup are at right now, then book that trim!
A dog grooming hammock is a hanging sling that you slip your pup in. It’s a calming restraint that helps you trim their claws without the usual stress. It is not a substitute for cultivating a positive association, but can make the nail trimming process a lot smoother, quicker, and cheaper (no need for professionals).
Our furry friends need their claws trimmed to avoid pain, discomfort, and injury caused by overgrown nails. Using an aid can help!
If you’re wanting that extra support as you develop a positive nail-trimming experience, and you have a small size dog, then definitely check out our Small Dog Grooming Hammock. It calms your pup and makes nail trims much easier.
The pet hammock is a 10-in-1 multi-functional harness that you can use for many things other than nail clipping. Use it to clean their ears, give them medications, cut their hair, do eye care, dental care, hair brushing, and more!
What makes the F2F Dog Grooming Hammock unique is that it is double-padded for extra comfort, and comes with carabiners to securely hoist your dog without fear of them falling.
Buy the F2F Dog Grooming Hammock for Small Dogs and let us know how it goes!
Give your pooch some chill
Not only handy for nail clipping, filing, and combing, but it’s super helpful for eye care, ear
care, giving injections, or medication, cutting hair, teeth cleaning, DIY haircuts, and more…
"Works well. Both our dogs love it. Size is perfect. We hang them on the shower rod to cut their nails." ~ Eduardo F.
"Rahmi is much calmer now with the pet sling from Fur to Fin. She still meows but lets me trim her nails." ~ Tehseen A.
“The F2F hammock has changed the entire nail cutting experience for me and my pup. It’s better for our relationship, too.” ~ Serena Z.
“Get it. Every dog owner needs this. I also use it for cleaning Bruce’s ears, and giving his medicine (he hates the white stuff).” ~ Garry P.
"It used to take me forever to cut Obi's nails. Now that he's used to the hammock (took 3 tries), I cut his nails in a fraction of the time it used to take." ~ Alicia M.