How to Trim the Nails of a Nervous Dog
Many dogs do not like to have their nails trimmed. Nervous dogs tend to be especially difficult to control when you are trimming their nails. There are several things you can do to help your dog feel comfortable getting their nails trimmed.
Pick a place where you will always trim your dog’s nails. A table or raised bench is best. Put a bath mat or other non-slip rug down on the table or bench so your dog doesn’t slip. With a nervous dog, it is very important to proceed very slowly.
The first session, simply put your dog up on the table or bench and give them a couple of treats. Give them lots of praise and then end the session for the day.
The next day, put the dog on the table or bench and have them lie down on their side and then give them a treat.
The next day, touch the dog’s foot with the clippers, but don’t clip the nails just yet. After doing this for a few days and when the dog is feeling comfortable, you can begin trimming a couple of your dog’s nails at a time. Continue to give your dog lots of treats and praise.
If you still don’t feel comfortable trying to trim your nervous dog’s nails, contact your local dog groomer or veterinarian for assistance.