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Why do dog's hate having their nails trimmed?

It's not at all surprising that most dogs hate having their nails trimmed. If your dog struggles with it, know you are not alone!

Does your dog freak out when you take the nail clipper out?

Do they constantly pull their paw away?

Do they tremble or try to avoid you when it's time to cu their nails?

I've been in that boat with my own dog!

There are a few reason why our dog has such strong feelings to having their nails trimmed.

They had a bad experience.

Bad experiences can have long lasting effects, especially if there weren't many good experiences to begin with. Using a dull nail clipper can pinch the nail when you attempt to cut. Instead of going through the nail like butter, you need to apply more pressure...ouch!

Of course the most notorious is hitting the quick (the vein in their nail). It's happened to most of us, myself included. You're most at risk of hitting the vein if your dog's nails are black and you can't see where the vein begins, but also when they are constantly pulling their paws away.