How can I get my dog to sit still when getting his nails clipped?
Many dogs really don’t like a manicure, mine included. Here are some things that I’ve found helpful for my boy - he tends to wriggle and pull his legs away when I hold him for a nail clip. Firstly have a second pair of hands to help if possible, and a bowl of treats for your dog to focus on. These shouldn’t be just their regular kibble but instead use really delicious high value treats. I use diced barbecue chicken. Hold the foot gently instead of gripping it tightly; that seems to be more comfortable for them. Snip just a little bit of nail off at a time and give the treat straight away. Keep nibbling away at the nail bit by bit, and if your dog flinches when you put pressure on with the clippers, stop immediately. That can indicate you’re getting close to the quick. Take a break if your dog gets fidgety or agitated and try again later, even if you do just one or two nails at a time. Very nervous dogs benefit from a period of conditioning where you handle their foot then reward with a treat. As they get used to it, work up to clipping one nail and always reward for sitting still. They’ll gradually learn to better tolerate having their feet held and their nails clipped. | 11.04.15 @ 07:27