Trimming a dogs nails can be a very difficult or a very easy task – it all depends on how early you start.  From the moment I brought HoneyBear home I frequently messed with her toes and pretended I was trimming her nails.  I also opened her mouth and peered in, checked her bite, looked in her ears and in general handled her gently all over.  You never know when you may need your vet to examine your dog and you want them to accept the exam.  It’s hard enough for your vet to diagnose a dog without them squirming all over the place or trying to bite them.  I digress, back to nails.  Nail trimming started almost immediately,  I like a grinder, it’s less likely to cut the quick, and gives a smoother finish.  There are many styles to choose from.  I prefer a dremel that is cordless and doesn’t make too much noise.  In the beginning, I just turn the dremel on and let the pup get used to the noise, if they seem comfortable, a treat is in order.  After a few days of this I will actually use the dremel just taking a bit off the tips of the nails, making sure the foot is held securely.  The dremel is going to vibrate, so holding the paw next to your leg is helpful.  I may only do one nail, one foot or all of them depending the pups reaction. Follow your instincts here.  The idea is to get the puppy used to the noise and vibration of the tool – NOT to actually trim the nails. That will come in time.  Frequent trimming – once or twice a week will keep the nails short and the pup accustomed to the procedure.

See her video here:HoneyBear getting her nails trimmed

Charlotte the Dog Trainer

Charlotte Fulkerson – Owner/Trainer