One area of grooming a dog that many people avoid is the nails. There is an old belief that cutting the quick—the vein inside the dog’s nails—will actually cause him to bleed to death. While this is actually a myth, cutting the quick does cause pain for your dog, and can be a horrible experience for both dog and owner.
In addition to the potential pain, it can be very difficult to cut a dog’s nails. Most dogs, regardless of training and experiences, hate having their feet touched. This often means that they will squirm, pull away and just make life difficult. Because of this, many dog owners avoid cutting their dog’s nails and the long periods in between clippings leads to the dog being more unruly the next time his nails are cut.
It is a vicious circle, but if you accustom your dog to getting his feet touched, then nail clipping can be quite easy. All you need to do is figure out how to do it properly, which is what this book is all about. We will take you step by step through the process of cutting your dog’s nails.