Tips to Help a Dog Who Doesn’t Like Having His Nails Cut

By: David Codr

Published Date: January 17, 2019

For this Omaha dog training session we shared tips to help 5 year-old Boxer Lab mix Maverick (pictured here with his pal Roxie and Rottweiler mix) stop acting aggressive when his nails are cut. Many dogs hate having their nails cut, but its an easy problem to fix.

This is a common problem for many dogs. Dogs often object to you touching their paws unless you have established trust and practiced handling exercises when they are puppies, this is why we have a touch and handling lesson built into our Omaha Puppy classes.

To teach a dog to stay calm when cutting its nails, you have to go slow, build up trust and only move to the next step once the dog communicates its comfortable with you touching its paws WITHOUT any nail trimmers. Sadly, the overwhelming majority of people skip that step and go straight to holding the dog down and cutting its nails while its communicating it does not like it.

The free dog training video below shows you how to train a dog to like having its nails cut.

Teaching a dog to stay calm and relaxed when you cut its nails is easy with this approach. It does take time, practice and a lot of patience. But if you go slow, listen to your dog and follow the steps in the above video, your dog can actually learn to enjoy having its nails trimmed.

To help the guardians remember all the dog behavior secrets I shared with them in this in-home dog training session, we filmed a roadmap to success video.

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