There – I said it. Nail trims can be very challenging, even for the professionals! Pet owners hate doing it because they are afraid to make their pet bleed. Groomers don’t like doing it because 95% of the dogs hate it. How can that be? Why do dogs hate their nails being cut? I asked my pooches but they’re not talking. It think it is some sort of secret among our canine counterparts.
I have a few thoughts on it and I would like to share them with you:
1) A dog has strong, muscular legs and when someone is holding a paw, they can actually fight back with some pull…..literally! They don’t have to sit back and let you do it.
2) The noise of the nail clippers can be loud and scare a few pups.
3) The bending of the nails as the sharp edge is cutting through it might feel weird (that’s why we use dremels!)
4) They had a bad experience OR their master had a bad experience doing them thus, transmitting their fear and anxiety on their companion.
All is not lost though and there are some things you can do at home to help desensitize Rover’s manicure madness.