Why Dogs Make Us Laugh

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Why Dogs Make Us LaughWith all their goofy looks and antics, it’s no wonder we cherish our dogs as our best friends. Dogs make us laugh when they’re unpredictable and silly. They entertain us with their playful nature and creative problem solving skills. But I think one of the biggest reasons dogs make us laugh is their human-like behaviors and expressions. Even though they don’t share most of our human emotions, sometimes they seem to act like young children. Maybe that’s why we even find it humorous when they’re a little mischievous.

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Today, I’m doing my part in encouraging you to celebrating National Humor Month. I know, another one of those silly holidays or special months you’ve probably never heard of, right? But this one is truly worth celebrating all year long. Laughter not only increases the level of endorphins which make us feel better, but it can also lower blood pressure, reduce stress and boost our immune systems.

So, if you happen to need a humor boost this month, start by looking through some of your pup pics and share your funniest image with us in the comment section below. I’ll get things started with some of Haley’s amusing antics.

Why Our Dogs Make Us Laugh

Dog Going Down SlideTrying New Things
Dog Going Down SlideEven Though They Don't Always Go As Planned
Dirty Dog Bath

Finding the Absolute Best Place to Take a Bath

Dog in Halloween HatParty Girl on Saturday Night
Dog in Halloween HatChurch on Sunday Morning
Dog Biting Basketball

Taking a Bite Out of Life

Dog Biting Cardboard Box

And Never Worrying About Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Dog Riding Luggage CartSome Lazy Dayz
Dog Riding Luggage CartSome Crazy Dayz
Dog Retrieving Log

Not Being Afraid to Rise to a Challenge

Dog Stuck on Tree Branch

Or Admit Defeat!

Dog Biting BumbleBiting Someone's Head Off
Dog Biting BumbleThen Almost Getting Yours Bit Off!
Dog Playing Ping Pong

Playing Puppy Ping Pong

Dog Playing Air Hockey

Then Moving on to Scoring Big Points!

Dog Wearing Angel WingsSometimes the Sweet Angel
Dog Wearing Angel WingsSometimes a Little Devil
Dog With Man Statue

Always Ready to Greet a Friendly Face

Dog With Pink Flamingos

Or Defend The Yard Against Flamboyant Invaders

Dog With Sandy NoseWorking on Keeping My Nose Clean
Dog With Sandy NoseAnd Not Sticking It Where It Doesn't Belong

Don’t feel bad for laughing at your dog. They might just be laughing at you too. Konrad Lorenz, a Nobel Prize winning ethnologist, believes that dogs do laugh and here’s how you can recognize it and maybe even learn to laugh with them. Give it a try!

Tell us why your dog makes you laugh and share your photo with us below. Even though some studies show that dogs make people laugh more than cats, we’re not so sure about that. I love them both, so feel free to upload those funny feline pics too!

Is Your Dog Stressed Out?

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Is Your Dog Stressed Out?

Photo by localpups / CC BY 2.0

We all know that too much stress can be harmful to our mental and physical health. So, to celebrate Stress Awareness Month this April, let’s focus on creating some new, healthy habits to reduce our stress and anxiety levels. Spending quality time with our pets certainly helps and maybe you’ve even wished you could trade places with your dog during stressful times in your life. It may seem like our pups have it made, going about their business with not a care in the world while all their needs are being met by you. But the truth is, our pets do feel stress sometimes and too much of it can affect their health and well-being too. Is your dog stressed out and you don’t even realize it?

Is Your Dog Stressed Out?

Observing your dog’s body language is the easiest way to tell if they’re feeling anxious. Here are the most common signs to look for:

  • Panting
  • Pacing or Restlessness
  • Yawning
  • Lip Licking or Drooling
  • Sweaty Paws
  • Scratching
  • Tense Body or Hypervigilance
  • Tucked Tail
  • Raised Hackles
  • Excessive Barking or Whining
  • Shedding Hairs
  • Uninterested in Playing or Eating
  • Repetitive or Destructive Behaviors (Digging, Chewing, etc.)
  • Hiding or Trying to Escape
  • Shaking or Trembling
  • Agitation or Aggressive Behaviors
  • Urination, Vomiting or Diarrhea

That’s quite a list of symptoms ranging from very subtle to severe, but any behavior that’s not normal for your dog could mean they’re feeling stressed.

What Makes Dogs Stressed?

Scared Dog

Photo by Thomas Leuthard / CC BY 2.0

There are obvious stress inducers for most dogs, like visiting the vet, groomer or staying at a kennel. Traveling or changes in routine can also create anxiety for our pups. Other common culprits are loud noises, thunderstorms, physical pain or trauma and staying home alone. Dogs are also affected by stressful events in our lives, like moving to a new home, divorce or new family members coming into the home (human or other pets).

Other events that can trigger anxiety might not be as obvious. Boredom, exuberant play sessions, overexcitement, meeting new people or dogs and socializing puppies are a few examples of situations where you might not realize your dog could be feeling stressed. There’s no way to avoid all stressors but there are ways to limit excess anxiety for you and your dog. Here are ten easy ways you can work on it together!

10 Ways You and Your Dog Can De-Stress Together

1. Relax
Enjoy some downtime together by petting your dog or giving him a relaxing massage. You’ll soon notice that both of you are feeling much happier and less stressed. You could even try meditating with your dog or practicing mindfulness exercises. To better help your dog, check out TTouch exercises or the helpful advice in Grow Young With Your Dog.
2. Exercise
Physical exercise is very effective for releasing endorphins and reducing stress in both people and their pups. Whether you take a walk or head outside for an active game of fetch, moving together will make both of you feel healthier and happier. Exercise is especially helpful for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety and don’t forget about providing mental stimulation exercises and games for your dog too.
3. Lower Your Voice
Whether you’re yelling at your dog or vocalizing frustrations about your day to someone else, take a break and practice some deep breathing exercises for a few moments to calm down. Yelling at your dog only creates confusion and breaks down trust. Rather than repeatedly saying “No!” to your pup while shaking your finger in his face, work on positive, productive and peaceful approaches to dealing with his frustrating behaviors.
4. Work on Training
You can eliminate most of the frustration and stress from your dog’s unwanted behavior by working more on training so he understands your expectations and will demonstrate good manners. Also, be consistent about enforcing the rules of the house so your pup doesn’t get confused or stressed.
5. Protect Your Pup
Step in and protect your dog in situations where he might feel uncomfortable or anxious. Many dogs get stressed when meeting strangers or energetic children. Others may feel anxious when forced to greet or interact with dogs they may not like. By preventing a negative interaction, you’ll both avoid unnecessary stress. If you’re socializing a puppy, work at a pace that’s comfortable for them so they don’t feel pressured.
6. Take a Nap
Lie down next to your pooch and enjoy an afternoon snooze together. Just remember to let sleeping dogs lie while they’re dozing. It can be stressful on a dog to suddenly be jolted awake from a deep sleep.
7. Reduce Household Stress
When you’re feeling overloaded or anxious, your dog may pick up on your stress. Whether they shy away from you or want to jump in your lap, take your dog’s reaction as a cue to practice some relaxation techniques. If there’s a lot going on in your household at the moment, make sure your dog has a safe place to retreat to and relax.
8. Keep a Consistent Routine
As much as we sometimes like to break out of a rut, routines help keep us grounded and our pets especially feel more comfortable when they have a predictable routine. Major disruptions to a dog’s routine can be very stressful.
9. Accept Your Dog
Don’t fight nature by expecting your pooch to act more like a person than a dog. Accept your pup and all of his canine qualities and you’ll be less stressed when he exhibits those typical dog behaviors like barking, chewing, digging, chasing cats or even being an opportunist around food. Work more on training and find desirable or creative outlets for unwanted behaviors.
10. Provide Balance
Strive to create harmony through balance. Too much of anything, even good things, can cause stress. For example, overstimulating your dog with too much excitement can cause excess adrenaline and stress. Too much exercise or activity can be just as bad as too little exercise and can lead to obsessive behaviors. Make sure your pup has plenty of downtime and relaxation as well as fun and exercise.

Relaxed Dog

Photo by alan miles / CC BY 2.0

Every dog is different. Just like some people suffer more from anxiety, so do some dogs. If your pup is unusually anxious and none of these methods help, check with your vet to make sure there’s not a medical reason for their symptoms of stress, especially if you have an older dog that might be experiencing pain from an injury or arthritis. Consulting with a holistic vet can offer additional treatment options for calming anxiety, like herbal and nutritional supplements, aromatherapy, acupuncture and more.

I hope you take some time this month to focus on lowering the stress level for both you and your dog. Stress will always be a part of our lives but we can keep it at a healthy level by practicing these and other relaxation methods.

Is your dog stressed out? Share your thoughts and stress-reducing techniques in the comment section below!

My Favorite Global Pet Expo Products 2017

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My Favorite Global Pet Expo ProductsFrom food to fashion and everything in between, the 2017 Global Pet Expo had it all and I was thrilled to be there this year to take it all in!

I was glad to see the ever-expanding field of healthy food/treats and health-related products. Probiotics, herbal remedies and hemp-based products are gaining in popularity. Healthy chews and other products to support oral health were plentiful at the show as well as companies offering mud and mineral-based shampoos and products to promote healthy skin and silky coats.

Browsing booth after booth of fun and dazzling dog merchandise was so exciting. There were so many new products and cool things I hadn’t seen before. I especially loved seeing all of the accessories designed for active adventure dogs. I’m always drawn to technology products and I wasn’t disappointed with the latest ideas coming from companies from all over the world. It was hard to narrow down all the wonderful offerings from the show, but here are my favorite Global Pet Expo products for 2017!

My Favorite Global Pet Expo Products!

Pillstashios


PillstashiosPillstashios – If you struggle with getting your dog to take medication, look no further than Pillstachios! This is a food-based container with Stash, Snap and Serve technology. Put your dog’s pill, liquid or powder medication inside, snap it shut and serve. The Pillstashio hides the taste and scent of the pill and comes in Apple Bacon, Blueberry Chicken or Cranberry Turkey flavors. Made in the USA from all natural, grain-free, gluten and soy free ingredients and comes in two sizes.

SleepypodSleepypod – I’ve been looking for a high quality, safety-tested harness for Haley to use while we’re traveling and I believe I’ve finally found it! Sleepypod makes safety a priority and their products meet the highest safety standards. Every Sleepypod carrier and harness received top safety ratings from the Center for Pet Safety. Their own test dog, Duke 2.0, has even better instrumentation for verifying testing data and improved product design. Their pods can be used as a bed, a carrier, or a safe car seat for traveling.


Le SharmaLe Sharma – The colorful, eco-friendly toys and beds from Le Sharma are not only adorable but they’re made from chemical-free, 100% natural wool and dyes and are machine washable. Le Sharma products are handmade from artisan earthquake victim women in Nepal. Bonus: The toys also clean your dog’s teeth!


Pet House CandlesPet House Candles – Okay, this product is more for you rather than your dog, but if your house is smelling a little “doggy”, One Fur All has you covered. Their soy candles and scent-based products are designed and guaranteed to neutralize pet odors and they’re made with pet-safe ingredients.


PetkitPetKit – I really like these two Petkit products, the Eversweet Smart Pet Drinking Fountain and the Fresh Metal bowl. The Eversweet quietly circulates and purifies your pup’s water and will send an alert when it’s low. It’s easy to fill and also has a light sensor for even quieter nighttime operation. The antibacterial Fresh bowls come in both metal and plastic models with a variety of designs. They weigh your dog’s food portion and can make feeding amount suggestions.


LeashesThree Great Dog Walking Products
If you struggle with a pulling dog like I do, you’ll love these three products!
On the left we have Gismo for you gadget lovers. It’s everything you need for your walk held in one hand (a poop bag dispenser and clip to hold a used bag and a sliding carabiner for a more comfortable walk). Its multi-function connectables option allows you to customize the Gismo for different functions, like adding a flashlight, treat container, clicker or dual leash holder.
In the center is a short, bungee leash called The Heeler by BihlerFlex. It’s perfect for when you need to keep your dog close but it will also stretch two times its length for less stress on you and your dog when pulling. It’s made in the USA, has a lifetime warranty and comes in several colors.
Rounding out the trio is the Classic Rok elastic leash on the right by Rok. Again, this is perfect for reducing stress on you and your dog when they pull on the leash. I love the colorful designs and matching collars that are available for each design.


Himalayan CorporationHimalayan Corporation – If the traditional, hard cheese Himalayan chews are too hard for your dog, there are now some new options for your pup. YakyPuffs are bite-sized chews you puff up in the microwave before serving to your dog. YakyYums are a softer chew with added potato starch and YakyChurros are even softer yet. All cheese products have natural enzymes to help remove plaque from your dog’s teeth and they’re naturally gluten and grain free with lactose removed during the cooking process. Himalayan’s new Leanlix are an innovative and portable, low calorie reward and training tool that can be licked by dogs.


Ochah Mud ScrubOchah Mineral Pet Care – I love this line of Dead Sea mineral shampoos and mud scrubs. They are rich in minerals, natural extracts and oils and come in various formulas. The products are also healthy for your pup as they prevent hair loss, repair damaged tissue, promote blood circulation, reduce joint inflammation and stress, and help eliminate dandruff, itching, scratching and hot spots. On top of the health benefits, they leave your dog’s coat soft and silky and your hands soft and moisturized.


PetEgo Upet TentPetEgo – Have you ever seen one of those small demo versions of a tent in a sporting goods store and wished you could buy it for your dog? Now you can! This Italian company specializes in active lifestyle products for you and your dog. The UPet Tent is not only adorable but it’s super functional as a portable pet house, car containment system and outdoor tent. It has claw-proof mesh windows and an umbrella opening and closing mechanism so it pops up in seconds. It includes a messenger bag for easy transport. Even if you’re not a camper, what pet wouldn’t love this as a bed?


Hurtta Slush Combat Suit


Hurtta Sun and Bug BlockerHurtta – While we’re on the topic of enjoying the great outdoors, Hurtta has a lot of really cool products for active adventure dogs, no matter what the weather. Their Slush Combat Suit and Sun and Bug Blocker are just a few options they offer. I can think of several occasions when both of these would have come in handy for Haley. Hurtta also offers a full range of products from rainwear, clothing, cooling products, leashes, harnesses and collars.

Pura Naturals Pet Feeding SetPura Naturals Pet – This feeding set caught my eye because of its eco-friendly design and feeding tray. They are made from American-grown rice hulls and are non-skid, formaldehyde and BPA free, dishwasher safe and made in the USA. The unique design means it’s less likely to support mold growth and I like how the bowls fit into the grooves on the tray so they don’t slide around. The set comes in three different colors.


Canada PoochCanada Pooch – Your pup can stay warm in style with the quality jackets, vests, sweaters, rainwear and boots offered by Canada Pooch! None of their products are made from any animal-derived materials and you can be assured these items are both highly fashionable and functional.


Chilly DogChillyDog – Speaking of chilly dogs, Chillydog also carries a wonderful line of sweaters and accessories for chilly dogs.


True Leaf Pet Hemp
True Leaf Pet Oregano

TrueLeafPet – There are two lines of products from True Leaf Pets, a hemp-based (non-CBD) line and their new oregano-based line of products. Don’t worry, hemp is not marijuana and won’t get your pet high, but it does offer potential health benefits for dogs with anxiety, arthritis/joint issues, seizures, pain, skin issues, inflammation, digestive issues or cancer symptoms. The oregano line of products are beneficial for ear care, oral health and skin/coat health.


Petrageous Thinkrageous Treat BankPetRageous Designs – PetRageous makes some really fun products for your pooch and I particularly like the design of their ThinkRageous Treat Bank. It’s perfect for dogs that tend to master treat dispensing toys too quickly. It has an internal maze for treats which means your pup has to work longer to get those yummy tidbits to come out.



Molly Mutt – Your dog will love being close to the scent of your old clothes or pillows and you will love the beautiful cover designs that Molly Mutt has to offer. The eco-friendly bed design makes it easy to wash when necessary. There’s also an optional inner armor liner and pillow pack for more comfort.


Aromadog Silk Road Oils
Aromadog Toys

Aromadog and Aromadog
The names are the same but the companies and products are different.
On the left is Aromadog (Silk Road Oils) specializing in aromatherapy products. They offer a full range of fine products made from human-grade oils, including their popular Chill Out oil. Aromadog on the right is a product line of stuffed toys by McCann Pet Group that deliver long lasting scent to help dogs with excess energy or separation anxiety.


Dogs Love KaleDogs Love Kale – Kale for dogs? Yes! Paula Savarese and Dawn Ward teamed up to bring your dog healthy kale and snap pea treats that are full of vitamins and antioxidants. Not only are they healthy, but they’re human grade and low calorie snacks made right here in the USA. These are great limited ingredient treats for dogs with allergies or digestive issues!


Healthy Essentials Probiotic SprayHealthy Essentials Probiotic Food Spray – We’re all discovering how valuable probiotics are for us humans and our pets alike and now there’s a convenient way to dispense a daily dose onto your dog’s food. This all natural spray contains 11 strains of live, active probiotics. The spray tastes great, is cost effective and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.


Pet CakesPetCakes – There’s no need to wait for a special occasion or your dog’s birthday to treat them to a special doggie dessert. PetCakes are the first and only microwavable treats you can make at home in minutes. They offer cake mixes and molds and also a new line of frozen treats. PetCakes are vet approved and contain human-grade ingredients but no corn, wheat, soy, salt, sugar or preservatives.


Max And Lucy Dry ShampooMax & Lucy Dry Shampoo – This dry shampoo is perfect for when your dog needs a quick freshening up or when it’s not convenient to give them a full bath. Just fill the bulb with the essential oil encapsulated powder then squeeze the bulb onto your dog’s coat and massage. No water is needed and it comes in three fragrances: Lavender, Orange & Lemongrass, and Rosemary & Thyme. The powder contains no chemicals or synthetic fragrances and the Rosemary & Thyme version even helps keep ticks and bugs away from your pup.


Up CountryUp Country – One of my favorite fashion accessory exhibitors was Up Country! For 30 years they’ve been creating and selling their stylish line of pet products of over 120 collar designs and dozens of lifestyle accessories. Most of their products are hand sewn, pressed and finished in Rhode Island. Their attention to detail and the fact that they stand behind all of their products makes them an expo favorite.


Spunky Pup WibbleezSpunkyPup – The new Wibbleez from Spunky Pup looks like a winner for Haley! They squeak, they stretch, they’re durable and they’re super cute. As a matter of fact, the whole line of Spunky Pup toys look really fun and interesting.


PAWS PizzeriaPAWS Pizzeria – You no longer have to feel guilty while eating pizza in front of your pooch. Order their very own Dog Pizza or order by the slice. The pizzas are grain free and made from chicken and sweet potato, all sourced and made in the USA and only 70 calories a slice. So go ahead, share a slice of pizza with your best friend!


Pet Winery


Pet WineryPetWinery – What’s pizza without a beer to go with it, right? Have your dog belly up to the Dog Bar at the Pet Winery and order him a vitamin-enriched, non-alcoholic Bark Brew or Dog Perignon. All PetWinery products are 100% organic, sourced from the USA and manufactured in an ISO7 food-grade clean room. The Bark Brew also has glucosamine for hip and joint health.

The Global Pet Expo featured a vast number of pet food companies and most of them offer quality, healthy options for your pet’s diet. I usually don’t offer recommendations or reviews on food but Carna4 and Blackwood are two companies that I might look into further. Carna4 offers quick-baked and air-dried real food with no synthetics. Blackwood offers all-natural, handcrafted, small batch slow-cooked food that’s made in the USA.

Dog Eating Crab CookieThis year’s Global Pet Expo was a huge, record-breaking success and I loved every minute of it! Unfortunately, Haley wasn’t allowed inside but she was rewarded for her patience with lots of treat samples and plenty of romping and swimming on the beautiful beaches of Florida.

There were so many wonderful exhibitors at the expo. I wish I had room to highlight many more of them here but watch for some additional posts later this year as I take a closer look at some other products featured at the show. If you’re interested, here’s a look back at highlights from the final day. I can’t wait to attend again next year and to my fellow bloggers, I hope to meet up with you there next March!

What type of new products do you love finding for your dog?

The 2017 Global Pet Expo!

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The 2017 Global Pet ExpoLast year, I was planning on attending the Global Pet Expo but unfortunately we had to cancel our plans after Haley tore her CCL and needed surgery right before the show. I was so disappointed to miss the event last year, but I’m thrilled to be here today at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida to discover all the latest and greatest finds at the largest annual pet products trade show.

The Global Pet Expo is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and this year’s show is setting a new record with 3,435 booths and 1,130 exhibitors (27% being international companies). The show covers an area of about 13 football fields in size and is filled with products for all types of pets. This year there will be 223 first-time exhibiting companies and more than 3,000 new product launches. I can’t wait to check out all of these exciting, new products today!

I’ll be sharing my favorite products from the show in next week’s post but if you want to follow along over the next three days, view some highlights from the expo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Pinterest! You can also use the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag on several of these social media platforms to discover even more exciting details from the show.

Do you love finding new toys, treats, accessories or other products for your pup? Share some of your favorite finds with us in the comment section below!

How to Use a Dremel Tool to Trim Your Dog’s Toenails

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How to Use a Dremel Tool to Trim Your Dog's ToenailsDoes your dog hate getting their nails trimmed? Haley’s never liked having hers trimmed and as she got older it became a real struggle. Literally! It was getting so stressful for both of us that I felt it was time to try a new approach. Did you know that you can ditch those old clippers and use a Dremel® tool to trim your dog’s toenails?

At first, I was a little nervous about firing up an electric grinder and having a go at Haley’s nails and I didn’t envision Haley being too thrilled about the idea either. Luckily, I discovered these two videos that helped explain the process.

How to Use a Dremel Tool to Trim Your Dog’s Toenails

Barbara and Dr. Matheson did a great job of explaining how to trim nails, but I want to focus on how to get your pup to that point where they are relaxed and comfortable with a Dremel pedicure. It’s important to use positive reinforcement to condition a dog to the tool and it’s especially important for dogs like Haley that are already stressed about their nails being trimmed. Here’s my step-by-step approach.

Conditioning Your Dog to Be Comfortable with the Dremel Tool

Step One – Get Your Dremel Tool Ready
I purchased the Dremel 8220 model because it’s rechargeable and easy to handle. It also has a nice variable speed range, rather than just a low and high setting. Install the sanding drum accessory, then slide a coarse sanding band onto the drum. Make sure the tool is fully charged. Note: Never use any solid grinding stone or grinding wheel accessories as they generate too much heat.
Step Two – Get Yummy Treats
I like to use real food that both Haley and I can eat, like cooked chicken or ham. Break whatever food your dog loves into little pieces and put them in a small bowl.
Step Three – Build Anticipation
Dogs always want what we have, so I create the illusion that the food is for me. I take the Dremel tool and food into another room so Haley has to follow me, rather than me approaching her with the tool. It helps to build some excitement because she’s pursuing something she wants and is more likely to want to participate in the conditioning.
Step Four – Give Your Dog Treats While Conditioning
Take a bite of the food yourself (now you see why I use real food, haha!) then turn on the Dremel tool. Practice giving your dog food while the tool is running, then stop the treats when it’s turned off. You’re conditioning your dog to associate good things with the sound of the Dremel.

Build on Your Dog’s Success!

After your pup is comfortable with the sound of the Dremel tool and comes running when you turn it on, you’re ready to begin replacing Step Four with the conditioning levels below. Work through each level at your dog’s own pace and only proceed to the next level when they’re comfortable with the current level. Each session should be fairly short and a positive experience with lots of treats and praise.

  • Have your dog give you her paw while the Dremel tool is running. Treat each time she gives you her paw.
  • Ask for your dog’s paw then practice moving the running tool close to her paw and then away. Give her a treat each time she allows you to place it near her paw, working closer each time but at a pace she’s comfortable with. Practice on different feet.
  • While holding your dog’s paw and stabilizing a nail, touch the Dremel tool to the nail for just a moment, then set it aside (while still running) and give your dog a treat. If your dog is startled by the touch, end the session and practice again later with just one touch again. Haley was extra sensitive at this stage. When she seemed resistant, I would touch the Dremel tool to one of my fingernails then eat some food. Yep, a little psychological warfare did the trick. She felt like she was missing out on getting the treats and would give in and cooperate.
  • Work on touching two or three different nails for just a moment then give a treat. Practice rotating on all four paws.
  • Now you’ll begin actually grinding away some of the nail material as you increase the amount of time and pressure spent on each nail. Remove just a little bit of each nail before giving a treat and moving on to the next one. End the session when your dog seems to need a break.
  • Work towards grinding each nail on each paw while still giving lots of treats for your pup’s cooperation. Hopefully, by this time, your dog will be much more relaxed but it’s always nice to work in an occasional belly rub to make the trimming sessions more enjoyable for your dog.
  • Continue working with your dog until you can grind all of her nails in one session while slowly decreasing the number of treats.

Here, Laurie Luck demonstrates what a positive nail trimming session looks like.

It takes some patience and lots of treats at first, but if you take a few minutes each day, you can work through the levels pretty quickly. I’m so glad I decided to give the Dremel tool a try with Haley. It’s actually fun working on her nails now. Instead of stressing out when she would see those old nail trimmers, she now comes running every time she hears the sound of the Dremel tool. Success!👍

If you want to start using a Dremel tool to trim your dog’s toenails, be sure to watch the videos first and check with a local groomer if you need any additional help. Now it’s your turn to share your nail trimming tips with us in the comment section below!