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Canine Masterclass: How To Cut Your Dog's Nails, Importance of Exercise & Overheating Aid

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7 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction To Dog Nail Trims: How To Cut Your Dog's Nails

    • 2. How to Cut A Dog's Nails Lecture: Supplies Needed and Dog Nail Trim Demo

    • 3. Dog Demonstration: How To Trim A Dog's Nails

    • 4. Why your dog needs exercise

    • 5. Overheating in dogs

    • 6. Class Conclusion: Continue Learning with Me

    • 7. Dog trick sit pretty w music


About This Class

Do you want to start trimming your dog's nails at home but are nervous? Do you want to know the must have supplies to have on hand in case you accidentally make a dog nail bleed? Do you want to know why it is essential for your dog to have short nails?

In this dog class we will cover all of those topics! This is the perfect class for any dog lover or dog owner wanting some insight into how to cut their dog's nails from what dog nail trimmers I prefer to use to how I cut my own dog's nails. I have worked in various dog fields since I was a teenager, from dog food stores, to dog grooming, to dog training and even dedicated three years to working at a veterinary clinic. I have a passion for dogs and want every dog owner to have the same knowledge when it comes to caring for their dog. Dog nails are a very important aspect that can actually hurt your dog if the nails are too long. Do you want that for your dog? 

In this dog class you will see a puppy demonstration and my two adult dogs get their nails cut. My oldest dog, Ares, will have his nails dremeled as well. I will also talk about why I like to use the dremel on my dog and you will see how I dremel my dog's nails.

This is a short dog class but jam packed with information on how to cut your dog's nails from introduction of cutting a puppy's nails to a dog that didn't like nail trims and now 6 months later will let me cut all the nails on each foot at once. This is the step-by-step dog nail trim class you don't want to pass up!

If you have further questions in regards to your dog, most likely other people have the same question as well, so please post in the community discussion section of this group. I typically respond within a 24 hour period.

If you love your dog as much as I do mine then go ahead and enroll today! If you enjoyed this class please leave a thumbs up review.


Tatiana with Ares, Romeo, Athena and foster puppy, Jet


1. Introduction To Dog Nail Trims: How To Cut Your Dog's Nails: Hi there. Welcome to this class on how to trim your dog's nails. In this class, you will learn why you should keep your dogs. Neil short. What the quick is how to trim your dog's nails Introduction to the Dremel and why I personally prefer using to Jermell over nail clippers on my oldest dog. And I will also have to my dogs, areas and Rovio used as demonstrations in this class. So if you're ready, go ahead and roll today and let's get started. 2. How to Cut A Dog's Nails Lecture: Supplies Needed and Dog Nail Trim Demo: Welcome to the nail trim section. We're gonna take a moment to talk about the dog's nails. Look at white and black nails. Take a look at what the quick is and then show you different ways to contribute dog's nails starting today, so the dog. Now some people are intimidated, while others are not. Dogs usually have white, black or multi colored nails, which is white and black. Each nail has a blood vessel in it called a quick that you want to avoid clipping because it does and will bleed. But with the right supplies and technique, you should be able to avoid cutting the quick when it comes to each dogs. Individual nails, they grow at different speeds, so terming your dog's nails every 2 to 4 weeks is recommended. On occasion, I have seen dogs that can go 2 to 3 months without a nail trump, because their nails don't grow us fast. I wasn't that lucky out of my three dogs. So for my dogs, it's every 2 to 3 weeks for this lecture, though I did wait an entire month before trimming my dog's nails so you can see how they look before and after. Now. Older dogs in general tend to have long quicks. But no matter how long your dog's nails are, you can make the quick received back even after only three nail trips. If you want your dog's nails to be shorter, I recommend trimming them every two weeks. But before we jump into how to cut your dog's nails, let's talk about the importance of keeping your dogs Neil short. The most important aspect of short nails is balance, as mentioned in the grooming section. The dogs pop ads give them traction on slick or uneven surfaces. Your dog having long nails is not a natural way for the dog to walk. Let me give you an example. It is slightly exaggerated, but drives my point home. Say you are used to walking barefoot. You have traction on tile. Linoleum can jump and land. Great. Now, from here on forward, you have to wear high heels. Walk in high heels is not natural for people just like your dog having long nails. So what happens now? When you walk on tile, you may be more cautious or even slip, and what happens when you jump off something landing and high heels is going to be awkward and a good chance you won't land properly. And what about when you have worn high heels all day long? Your leg muscles and joints will start to ache. All of these aspects apply to your dog that has long nails. It's not only uncomfortable but puts extra stress on your dog's leg muscles and joints and in some cases, the dog's nails. Typically, the dew claws will curl over almost in a full circle and grow into the popat. And this is gonna be similar to an ingrown nail in people. And when the dog's nails is embedded in its popat in some of the more severe cases, the dog may need to be sedated because he's too tender and sensitive with that. Nail intends to squirm and potentially bite. Now they understand how uncomfortable, awkward and painful it can be for a dog to have long nails. Let's take a look at some demonstrations with my dogs. The ideal goal is to get your dog's nails as short as possible, so there isn't a clicking noise on the floor, but without cutting the quick for supplies, you will need a pair of nail clippers and some skeptic powder. This powder is a yellow powder, and in case you do quick your dog's nails, you simply dab that yellow powder onto your dog's nails, and it will stop the bleeding now as faras dog nail clippers. There are so many different types, but my favorite is the plier Nail Clippers. These I feel Give me more control. Now. If your dog is sensitive to having their paws messed with, you will have to desensitize them by making it a positive experience. So simply playing with their feet for a couple of seconds and rewarding with a high value treat. Repeat this while increasing the amount of time you play and touch their feet for longer and longer period until your dog learns that having his or her feet touched is a good thing . This is especially important when it comes to puppies. Playing with their feet until they become desensitized is absolutely, very important. Next, you do the exact same thing. When it comes to trimming your dog's nails, you're going to start with charming one nail a day with lots of praise and High Valley reward, and then increasing the amount of nails. You trim gradually over time until you're able to do all four feet. Now with my foster puppy, I play with his feet on a daily basis and for his nails. They are white, so you can see the quick. But I am not going to be using my regular big plier nail clippers. His nails are small enough that you can use your nail trimmers, and all I'm gonna be doing is just taken off the tips. Once that is complete, he's gonna get one of his favorite high value treats. Now everyone knows that white nails are easier to trim them black nails because you can see the quick inside the white nails. So if your dog has mainly all white nails than when it comes to a few black nails, you have two options. One. You're going to go off the white nail on how far back you can go or two in black males. You're going to take small slivers off until you start to see the quick, which will be a black or grey dot in the middle of your dogs Nail. If you don't feel comfortable, you can also take off the little hooks on their nails for Aires. Since he is the oldest and has the longest nails, I will typically trim the little tips off and then I will use the Dremel to introduce the Dremel. You do the exact same thing as starting with nail trims. First, get your dog used to the noise of the Dremel by turning it on and rewarding the dog when he doesn't run away. Then you're going to start with Dremel ing only one nail per day with a high value reward afterwards, until you're able to do all four feet areas during his nail trims. And when he used a Dremel well, squirm here and there. But overall he gets nailed trims about every 2 to 3 weeks, so he is pretty used to this process. Now, when it comes to the type of Dremel, it's gonna be all personal preference. I prefer just a regular Dremel that is multi functional, has a lot of different heads on it, and I'm using the sandpaper wheel to Dremel Aires nails for me. I have used the drum ALS that air made specifically four dogs. Some people like him. I personally don't prefer them I don't feel like they are as professionally made as just a regular Dremel tool kit. And the reason why I like to use to Jermell on areas nails is because I can get a lot closer to and around the quick Plus, I can sand down all the sharp edges the nails get after a nail, Trump and I Dremel all around the tip off the nail to make sure it is nice and rounded. So if you can use a Dremel on your dog's nails, I would highly recommend it. And if you finish this section and you absolutely do not want to trim your dog's nails, that IHS fine, you may still feel quite uncomfortable. You are not going to be the only dog owner who feels like this because nail trims can be tricky, and they're going to take a lot of practice and repetition for you to get comfortable. But what you can dio is you can have your groomer or your vet. Even some of the pet stores that offer nail trim walk ins show you how they trimmed the dog's nails. If you want more guidance on how to do it properly when it comes to your dog. Now, as you can see with areas nails, they are much shorter, and he probably feels so much better being able to walk more properly. Now the clicking noise is not as prominent, but it's still there. So in a couple weeks, I will probably do the exact same thing. Except it's only going to be the Dremel that I'm gonna be using. Because for this video he actually went a month without a nail trump. So using the nail clippers was essential to take off the first portion before going to the Dremel, where in two weeks it won't be. 3. Dog Demonstration: How To Trim A Dog's Nails: So now let's take a look at another example. Let's look at Romeo's nails. His nails grow the slowest. So all I'm doing is looking for the quick and taking off the tips right up to the quick. Now what I usually do with nail trims is I will take small sections off at a time. I don't go all the way back to the quick and Onley clip the nail ones. I do little small slivers off until I reached the quick with Romeo. He has been getting nailed transfer about six months. When I first got him and he was still my foster dog, it was a slow process. I did the exact same thing as we went over in the previous section. I started, introduced him to the nail trimmers and then one nail a day with high praise. So it turns into a good experience. As you can see, he still is a little bit nervous. He will pull away once in a while. Typically, most dogs will do that, but he has come a long way, and I can do all four feet six months later, all at once, - and this is his after as you can see we went all the way back to the quick lots of praise with high value treats at the end to make it a positive experience. 4. Why your dog needs exercise: in this lecture, we're gonna talk about exercising your dog physical and mental exertion. Why it's important and what happens when you don't have the time for it, and you end up creating your dog majority of the time. Let's take a look first. All dogs need some form of exercise, physical or mental to keep them in a good state of mind on a daily basis. The moment you stop treating your dog like a living, breathing thing and expect them to be happy being stuck in a crate all day. That's when problems start to arise. Your dog starts picking up habits. Bad habits. Why boredom? If you won't give your dog a proper exercise, they will become restless and find ways to entertain themselves, and it rarely is a good form of entertainment. They may start playing tug with your Kearns chewing on the door, trim, digging through your wall or even barking constantly for no reason. Exercise, on the other hand, will do. Your dog wonders from believing the boredom to reducing any stress and anxiety. Enough exercise may even make your dog drop the bad habits they previously picked up with physical exercise. You are working the body so you can walk, jog, run, have outside playtime. Have your dog walk on a treadmill, go hiking right on your bike, or even go swimming. If your dog likes water, then with mental exercise, you're working the mind through introducing new games or interactive toys and even teaching your dog a new trick or our command that is going to give them a mental challenge as they try to figure out the interactive toys or how to complete each step of their new trick. I have so many different examples I could give you about how daily exercise helps a dog. But for this I'm going to talk about my newest addition. Romeo Romeo came to me as a foster dog. He was a year and 1/2. I have since adopted him, and he has been a part of my family for six months now. So a quick overview of why he was surrendered by its previous family a couple had him. The husband wasn't a fan of him, so Romeo was kept in a great from morning tonight. That last draw that made the husband giveaway Romeo was when he came home and his whole entire house was destroyed. I'm going to assume Romeo got out of his crate. The couch was torn up, pillow shredded, and who knows what else? Within the 1st 2 months of having Romeo in my house, I started giving him regular exercise. Plus started his basic obedience training. He blossomed from an uncertain scared dog to now a dog that could be off leash and follows all of his commands. The big question you're wondering is, how does he do in this crate, right during the basic obedience training with him, I would create him when I left the house. So whenever he was unsupervised and after I knew he was good to go, followed all of his commands off leash, I started leaving him out with my other dogs. And let me tell you what he does. Amazing. I can't picture him tearing up my house unless I became so busy that I didn't give him the physical and mental exercise required. Then he would probably entertain himself and get anxious, one left alone, like he did with his previous family. Now the duration of exercise varies per breed. Toy breeds are not going to be able to have the stamina that working breeds have. So it's important to look into the history of the dog breed that you have. Even if it's a month, most owners typically have a guess on the primary breed of their mutt. Now, another downside of not exercising your dog that I want to talk to you about is that your dog can become overweight. Do you know how to tell if your dog is overweight if you just shrugged and think your dog is a good weight, but you really aren't too sure, here's the rule of thumb you can follow. A dog's ideal weight range is when you can't see the ribs, but you can feel him. If you can't see your dog's ribs and you can't feel your dog's ribs, there is a good chance your dog is on the overweight side. If you can see your dog's ribs as he's walking around the house here, she probably could use a little bit of extra weight on them. In general, when people or dogs are overweight, it's never good. An overweight dog is at risk form or internal problems and complications than if he didn't carry all that extra weight. Plus, the extra weight is putting more stress on the joints. The goal is not to shorten your dog's lifespan. Nor is it to stress you out because your dog is so bored out of its mind because he or she doesn't get the adequate amount of exercise for its breed. If you don't have the time to exercise your dog, I would highly recommend getting a dog walker that can come by. Take your dog on a walk or my second favorite is to get your dog used to walking on the treadmill. So for my dogs, if it's too hot outside too cold, they will simply go outside to party and then come back in. And usually Athena is the one that absolutely loves the treadmill. She will hop on the treadmill by yourself and start walking while I sit down and continue answering my emails or outlining the next course. This way she gets the exercise, and I don't have to be fully focused on her. If I'm on a tight work schedule, 5. Overheating in dogs: in this section. I want to talk to you about overheating in dogs, some of the signs and symptoms and what you can do to prevent it. When you hear about dogs overheating, most people think about dogs being left in a hot car. But there other ways. Dogs can overheat any hot day without air circulation, and an adequate amount of fresh water can put your dog and any other dog at risk for overheating. When it comes to a dog's normal body temperature, it should be around 99.5 to, ah, 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. And when it comes to sweating, unlike humans who have sweat glands basically from head to toe, dogs don't have that luxury. Not on Lee Do a dog's coat thickness very from breed to breed, but they can Onley sweat through their pa pads and nose. Panting is a sign that they're trying to cool themselves down, but they will also pant if they're stressed. So the first sign of a dog that is hot is going to be panting now. If the dog is overheating, the pans will be very deep and fast. Other symptoms can include glazed over eyes, lots of drooling, with the potential of even having white foam around their mouth. The gums and tongue will be a bright or dark red color. The dog may stagger around or collapse on the ground. He will be very thirsty, and vomiting may occur as well. So if your dog's body temperature is above 102.5, you should start trying to cool your dog down immediately. You can do this by providing fresh cold water, placing cool, not cold towels all over his or her body. So the head, the neck, armpits, leg, stomach Or, better yet, a cool but not freezing cold bath for the dog, whether it's in your bathtub or outside your end goal is to avoid your dogs temperature from climbing higher and higher, because if your dog's temperature reaches 109 or higher, heat stroke is already going to be setting in, and your dog's organs are going to start swelling and begin shutting down. As you can imagine, this will result in a slow, painful and uncomfortable death in minutes. Also, keep in mind that on a hot day, the pavement is also hot so a good rule of thumb is if you can't walk barefoot on the pavement, don't force your dog to walk on it because it will burn your dogs, Pop adds. The last important thing all dog owners should be able to dio is to take their dogs temperature. For this, you need a thermometer. I personally prefer the ones that can take the temperature as quickly as possible. Your dogs temperature is taken rectally, so having a water based lubricant jelly on hand will be needed as well. Lastly, you will need some isopropyl alcohol to disinfect the thermometer after every use. In my opinion, I believe that every dog owner should be able to take their dogs temperature because if your dog's temperature is higher than 102.5, you need to start cooling them down immediately. You don't have time to rush your dog to the vet unless the vet is a couple steps next door . If you have any further questions about the section, feel free to post in the Q and a section of this course or message me personally 6. Class Conclusion: Continue Learning with Me: Hi. You have now reached a in this class. So what did you think of this class? If you enjoy the class, I would love to see a thumbs up review from u. I love all my students feedback. It helps me plan for my future classes. So now let me show you a couple things related to my profile. So the first thing when it comes to class recommendations, I will always have a post under this community tap that will show you what other classes you can take by me. But at this moment, I have over 47 different classes and how you can find out what other classes you can enroll to is by simply clicking on my profile name. And this will open up my page. Now you have the about me which will show you my top two or three classes that I recommend scroll down and under this teaching tab and you can scroll through all the classes. And if you're a premium number, it's not going to cost you anything extra. And you can enroll in these at any time so you can press the Seymour and there you go. Any class you're interested in, Simply click on it and start watching it. So thank you once again for enrolling in my classes. I hope you had fun. Learned a lot of new stuff. And if you get a second, don't forget to leave a review, and I will see you next time. 7. Dog trick sit pretty w music: The SIP pretty dog trick will literally make anyone and everyone say, ah, when they see it. It still gets me to this day just because I think Athena is absolutely adorable when she sits pretty and she definitely use it to her advantage. So with this dog trick, the number one thing I want you to keep in mind is that your dog needs to build up its backlog balance and back leg muscles in order to achieve that balance. So the first two weeks to even a month, you are going to be working with your dog to balance and build up the back leg muscles. So the moment that your dog, even for a split second, has both of its front paws off the ground, you mark and reward that behavior. Now, there are a couple of different ways to build up the back leg muscles and balance. The number one thing you can do is to make sure you do this with a wall behind your dog because you do not want your dog to lose their balance and fall backwards and hurt themselves. If a wall is not something that your dog is comfortable with, you can be behind your dog and lift your dog gently by having your hand on their chest to start working on that balance, just makes sure to key bit, bon and Mark and reward when your dog is. So once the two to four week period has gone by, the next step to do is to get your dog to hold the sit pretty command. All you have to do is take a treat quoted above their head to where they first sit and your dog should attempt to sit pretty. The goal is to now build up how long the two front feet stay off the ground. So in the beginning, you mark and reward even a second that the feet come off the ground. And you gradually build up on that to where your dog can hold it for at least three seconds in a sit pretty position. Then you start adding the verbal command, which I use, sip pretty. And lastly, you're going to be adding in a non-verbal cue with the verbal command and Mark and reward when your dog completes, though, I personally love nonverbal commands because it makes your dog pay attention to you, pay attention to your body language and what you are telling your dog to do. So the end goal would be to be able to nonverbally tell your dog to sit pretty and have your dog hold it for at least five seconds, minimum.