Mister Brown has learned to say “NO!” to things he doesn’t want and the terrifying nail clippers are at the top of that list.
Why are dogs scared of nail clipping?
Dogs have a natural aversion to being restrained, and this is often the root cause of their fear of nail clipping. For many dogs, the experience of having their paws held and their nails trimmed is reminiscent of times when they were restrained for grooming or veterinary procedures. As a result, they may feel anxious or even panicked when they are restrained for nail clipping. In some cases, dogs may also be scared of the sound of the clippers or the sensation of having their nails trimmed. However, with patience and positive reinforcement, most dogs can learn to tolerate nail clipping without feeling scared.
Dogs have a natural instinct to protect their feet, which is why they may be hesitant or even scared when they see you coming at them with a nail clipper. Their nails are important for their traction and balance, so they don’t want to take the risk of having them trimmed too short. In addition, the sound of the clippers can be scary for dogs since it’s usually loud and unfamiliar. The best way to get your dog used to nail clipping is to start slowly and build up to it. Let them sniff the clippers and give them a treat afterwards. Once they’re comfortable with that, you can try clipping just one nail. If they’re still okay, then you can move on to trimming all of their nails. With a little patience, you can help your dog overcome their fear of nail clipping.