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Humane Society's Tips for Trimming Your Pups Nails

Ursa Marr from the Kentucky Humane Society shares tips on how to desensitize your dog to nail trimming.

Marr suggests the following tips for training your dog on trimming:

- Don't force a dog to submit to nail trimming.  This can make it harder to trim nails in the future and also cause them to snap or bite in self-defense.

- Use appropriately-sized clippers smaller ones for small dogs; larger for big dogs). "Shear" style is preferable to "guillotine" style.

- Start out by desensitizing your dog to having its paws handled. Make sure to reward heavily.

- Only trim a little at a time. Make sure to have steptic powder on hand in case you cut the quick. It is somewhat painful, but not life-threatening.

- A Dremel is a great tool to use for nail trimming. When using one, make sure to work in short bursts, so the dog's nail doesn't heat up.

- Walking your dog regularly on pavement can help keep nails short, but most dogs need nails trimmed 1-2 times per month.

For more information on Kentucky Humane Society behavior training, call (502) 253-2883.

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