WHY DOGS HATE NAIL CLIPPERS?-DOG GROOMING
Past painful / unpleasant experience
Everyone hates pain, and dogs are no exception. Pain is the number one reason dogs hate nail clippers.
Like human nails, dog toenails are made of a protein called keratin. The outside of each nail is not nerve-wracking, but the inside is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that is very delicate (the inside is called a quick). No doubt, injury to this area can cause severe pain and bleeding, without this severe pain, dog grooming is impossible.
With white nails, this delicate part has a slightly pinkish color, and it is relatively easy to determine how far to cut. However, with black nails, the pigment on the nails is so strong that they cannot be visually confirmed and may be damaged. Also, as your nails grow, so does your quick, so it’s dangerous to always cut in the same way.
For dogs that have experienced pain in the past, the memory of the pain and stress may be the cause of their dislike of nail clippers.
I hate snapping sounds
Dogs that have a set of pain memories and nail clipper sounds may dislike this “snap”. Just as the clicker sound reminds us of the training content, the “clicking sound” evokes negative emotions such as fear, stress, and anxiety of the delicate dog.
Of course, if you are a very shy and delicate dog, the sound itself may be scary.
If you don’t like the sound, getting used to it will solve the problem. Try snapping the clipper at times other than nail clippers, and if your dog is calm, give him a reward (a especially delicious guy is recommended!). If you are scared enough to run away just by snapping, or if you get used to it and it doesn’t look like it, you may be able to solve it by changing to another nail clipper. There are various types of nail clippers, so please consult with a pet store.
I hate being restrained
Nail clippers start by restraining the dog. Dogs that are accustomed to hugging may be fine, but those who are usually free-spirited or who dislike being touched or restrained (or have unpleasant memories) are restrained. You may be rejecting the thing itself.
If you don’t like being restrained, gradually get used to the restrained state by doing massage and hugging play. If you’re okay with Trimmer, it’s a good idea to ask for tips on retention that you don’t dislike.
I hate being able to touch my legs
I don’t mind hugging! However, there are some who dislike being touched or brushed. You may not like being touched, or you may feel that your legs have been touched and retained, depriving you of your freedom. Alternatively, if you have a leg injury, injury, or joint pain, you may groan.
If you are a healthy child without injury or illness, you will be able to stroke and touch your legs if you gradually get used to it over time. If you have excessive reactions (such as howling) or other symptoms (such as bad walking, loss of appetite, or loss of energy) when you try to touch your legs, then something is wrong with your body. There may be a problem with. Let’s talk at a veterinary clinic.
5 Steps to Overcome Your Dog’s Nail Clipper Dislike
If your beloved dog is still a puppy, it’s not difficult to teach them to relax during trimming by regularly massaging their legs and playing restraint.
The problem is an adult dog who has already hated nail clippers. However, it’s never too late to learn. Let’s identify the reason why we hate nail clippers and work hard with 6 legs so that we can overcome this.
Below are five steps for a nail clipper re-challenge. If your dog shows signs of stress, stop and go back to the previous step. You don’t have to finish all the steps at once.
1. Make a new start
Change all the tools, places and situations to new ones to cut off past experiences. Buy a new nail clipper and make it look like a new toy. Let’s associate a new good memory with a new nail clipper, such as a reward if you show it and a reward if you listen to the sound.
2. Slowly recommend
Let’s cut it! Instead, let’s proceed slowly. Start by touching your body loosely, then touch your legs, touch your paws, and touch your nails. If your dog still seems relaxed, try adding a nail clipper-like action (holding your body tight and holding your legs lightly).
3. Get used to it with “nail clipper pretend”
If your dog is still relaxed, try touching your dog’s claws with a variety of things. It’s a good idea to start with something very soft and gently touch it with a pen. If you still feel like it, try touching it with a nail clipper.
4. Get used to the sound
Get away from your dog and make a nail clipper. Make the sound when actually using it. If your dog is calm, give him a reward. Next, get ready to actually cut your nails and make a nail clipper sound (do not actually cut your nails).
5. Let’s actually challenge nail clippers
When you’re done with one nail, take a break and give plenty of compliments. If you can afford it, try the next nail. Be careful not to try to cut all your nails at once. The key to success is to stop where you can afford it.