I’m convinced that there are few things dogs hate more than bath time, ear cleanings, and the dreaded nail grooming. Fortunately, my bulldog shows her contempt with evil looks and “why are you doing this to me eyes” rather than nips or full on freak outs. For the most part, she sits there and takes it until it’s over, then she throws her fit after mean ‘ol mom and dad are finished with their handiwork. Still, there are a few things I like to do to minimize the apprehension and make Pawdicure Day as calm and spa-like as possible.
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1. Using My Dremel 7300-PT 4.8-Volt Pet Grooming Kit
Clipping my dog’s nails with a traditional clipper sure would make the process go a lot faster, but those darn things scare me more than they scare Rosie. I’m terrified that I will cut her nails too close to the quick, and I would never forgive myself if I caused my dog any undue pain. That’s why I’m in love with my Dremel Groomer. It’s basically a motorized nail file. It’s super powerful and, if Rosie sits still, I can usually get the job done in 15 minutes. I tried the Pedi-Paws tool (you’ve probably seen those TV commercials) but it wasn’t nearly strong enough for my dog’s nails. Dremel’s rechargeable battery is convenient, but it also means you have to plan ahead to make sure the tool is charged up before you want to use it.
2. Treats, Lots of Treats
Everyone loves a reward and it’s amazing what my dog will endure to get one. Treats give my dog a reason to power through the pain and ignore my audacity to disturb her nap times for a no-good nail trim. My best tip: I give my dog one nibble after I’m done trimming each nail followed by lots of kisses and reassuring “Good Girl” coos.
3. Have A Towel Handy
The Dremel trimmer is great, but it can get messy with all the shavings flying around. I make sure to wear and old shirt and lay a towel down under Rosie to help catch the shavings as I’m working. It makes cleanup time a lot easier. To help keep Rosie as relaxed as possible, I usually choose a trimming place where she’s most comfortable like her bed or the couch.
It’s important to remember that every dog is different and what works for me may not work for you and your best bud. I’d love to know how you approach pawdicures with your pooch! Go ahead, leave me a comment!