Grooming your dog entails various things. If you’re a first-time pet owner, I’m sure you realized that you’d have to give your dog a bath as well as give them a good brush down (depending on the breed). First time owners forget about nail trimming until their puppy jumps on them affectionately and they get scratched up. That being said, many people are hesitant about cutting their puppy’s nails for the first time or any time for that matter! This guide will outline some tips and tricks to getting your dog’s nails cut.
Getting scratched up on accident by your dog is one obvious example of how long nails will not do. However, many people do not realize that having long toenails will actually be very uncomfortable and even painful for your puppy. Every time they step, the very long nail can get pushed back into the foot. This pressure can cause an improper walking gait as well as soreness. If left unattended long enough, the poor posture will inevitably cause wear and tear to the joints.
Nail trimming, like baths, are something that few dogs come out of the gate enjoying or being patient with. How many times have you been sleepy and wanted to jump into bed, but you needed to brush your teeth first? What a chore, but you do it, because gum disease is no joke!
It’s the same with your puppy, grooming is a drag. But you’re going to make them do it anyway! Training your dog to let their nails get cut is all a matter of making them comfortable with the process. Like other training methods, slowly getting them accustomed to the process is critical. Many pet owners jump straight to the chopping and have a tough time with their dog struggling or refusing to sit still. This will happen even more if your dog has had long nails and the discomfort of that has created an unpleasant association with their nails that will make them hesitant to let you touch their nails.
This may seem like a very roundabout and slow process, but it will be incredibly worthwhile to do as many pets are exceedingly unwilling to let their owners cut their nails in a hassle-free way.
If you don’t have time for this process or you are not achieving the success you’d hoped with it. Don’t fret! Troy’s Trims and Treats has been performing grooming services and cutting dog nails in New Jersey for many years, and we’d love to take care of your dog so that they look and feel their best!
Contact us to book an appointment online or give us a call at (201)-817-5337!