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Trying to cut a dog’s nails can be one of the most difficult jobs for many dog owners. When I asked who was interested in the topic of consent in dog training for nail trimming on my last podcast episode, there were many comments from people wanting help. So, we’re going through the steps to help everyone clip their dog’s toenails so that all dogs can enjoy a pedicure.

In the episode you'll hear:

  • The 5 categories of feelings dogs can have about nail trimming, from terrified through to love.
  • About the importance of trimmed nails for our dog’s health and longevity.
  • What my friend Dr. Leslie Woodcock shared about toenails and posture, and wellbeing for geriatric dogs.
  • How I used to cut nails and what my dog Twister experienced.
  • Why I developed Your Dog’s Pedicure Please Program.
  • The three stages of cutting your dog’s nails: CER, Game On, and Trimming.
  • About creating a positive conditioned emotional response for clipping nails.
  • How to condition positive emotions to the sight and sound of nail clippers, Dremel or another pet
    nail grinder.
  • Why you want a “game on” position and “game off” indicator so your dog shows you consent.
  • How to keep your dog’s nails short while you are working on them saying “yes!” to a pedicure.

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Episode Transcript