Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc
DR. PAULINE SAYS: Some dogs have sensitive feet and strongly dislike them being touched, never mind having their nails cut. The best way is to try and avoid the situation and train all pups to be comfortable with feet handling and nail trimming. You should start this as early as possible, reward the pups for being good and allowing handlers to touch and clip the nails after the pup has been introduced to nail clippers and the noise they make. You can also use nail files to blunt and smooth nail tips while feeding yummy treats. Regular walking and playing with dogs on hard surfaces help to wear nails down naturally. Failing this if the nails really are long some anxious dogs may require sedation for a trim.