7-Day Guide to Clipping Your Puppy’s Nails

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By Eve Adamson

In as little as a week, you can have one of those “rare” dogs who doesn’t mind nail trimming one bit. A tip: It helps if you frequently touch and hold your puppy’s paws (cheerfully) right from the first day you get him so he understands that it is OK for you to do this to him.

Day one: Let your puppy sniff the nail clipper. Give a treat and praise.

Day two: Touch the nail clipper to each paw. Just touch. Give a treat and praise.

Day three: Touch the nail clipper to each paw and squeeze it so the puppy hears the sound. Don’t actually cut a nail. Give a treat and praise.

Day four: Touch the nail clipper to your puppy’s nail. Give a treat and praise.

Day five: Try trimming off just the very tiniest tip from one front paw nail. Only do one. Offer lots of happy praise and a treat if your puppy lets you.  Even if he lets you, just do one. Repeat every day until he lets you do this and doesn’t seem to mind.

Day six: Try trimming just the tip off two nails.

Day seven: Keep working your way up, trimming additional nails each day, until you’ve got them all and your puppy doesn’t mind. Keep practicing, even when you don’t need to clip a nail. Even pretending you are clipping, going through the motions, will have an impact.

 

 

Originally published in AKC FAMILY DOG

To read more from FAMILY DOG, click here. 

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