Are you afraid of trimming your dog’s black nails?
Taking an online class taught me the secrets to happier dog nail trims
Do you know how to cut black dog nails? Do you wish nail trims were a happier experience for you and your dog? With Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s dark nails, I was fearful of cutting the nail too short and hitting the quick. And Chloe was fearful because I was fearful. However, I learned from an expert that it doesn’t have to be that way! Read on to learn how you can get the secrets to happier nail trims for your dog and even conquer finding the quick on dark nails.
Why dog nail trims were daunting to me
As a “DIY dog mom,” I enjoy dog care routines because it’s a chance to bond with my dog. We work as a team on everything from Goldendoodle face trims to daily tooth brushing to baths. But dog nail trims? Trimming Chloe’s nails seemed like a daunting task. After an unsuccessful attempt, I was unsure of how to trim her nails and afraid of hitting the quick on her black toenails. Here’s what had happened:
When Chloe was younger, I’d attempted trimming her nails on my own. Using some dog nail clippers that I believed were good quality, I held her paw in my hand and was…
A B O U T…T O…C U T…T H E…F I R S T…N A I L…W H E N…
…Chloe quickly pulled her paw out of my hand.
Do you know where those dog nail trimmers are now? I think they found their way to the back of a junk drawer somewhere. Since I knew nail trims were important to her health, trips to the groomer or vet seemed like the safest plan.
Taking an online course was a unique solution
Fast forward a few years to Dr. Julie Buzby’s Nail Trimming Without Fear online course. Hey, they could be a unique solution to conquering my dog nail trimming fears. The more I learned about the course, the more confident I became. Trimming Chloe’s dark nails and making the experience more positive for both Chloe and me was definitely worth trying!
Chloe and I watched the nail trimming course together
While online dog training classes were familiar to me, this was the first online dog nail trimming course that I’d seen. In addition to providing online videos and reference guides, I received a dog nail trimming kit (dog nail trimmers, styptic powder, and a tip sheet) in the mail as part of the course materials. Wow. With the right tools for the job, this time I was already ahead of the game.
I took the nail trimming course on my laptop with Chloe sitting on the couch beside me. As I watched the course videos of Dr. Buzby demonstrating her nail trimming technique, I had that ah-ha moment. This was the next best thing to having an expert right in my living room giving me step-by-step instruction. In fact, better because I could replay the videos at any time. As I watched Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear videos, I became more confident that Chloe and I could do this.
I’m happy to say that I am one of those empowered pet parents who has learned how to trim Chloe’s nails and it was a positive experience for both my kiddoodle and me.
Three paws and a TA-DA! Celebrating successes
Yes, Chloe and I can now add nail trimming to our list of dog care routines! But what was the difference between our success and my previous attempt when Chloe had pulled her paw away? Turns out that I wasn’t setting myself up for success. The conventional dog nail trimming method I’d tried was more like a McDonald’s drive-thru: grab the nail trimmers and go!
After taking the course, I had a clear picture of exactly how to approach trimming Chloe’s dark nails from start to finish. I had a step-by-step plan in place. I knew how to make sure Chloe was comfortable and had plenty of distractions, how to identify and avoid the quick on black nails, which tools to use, how to hold the paw, what technique to use to get closer to the quick trimming more of the nail, and so much more. (BTW…when you take the course, try making Dr. Buzby’s pupsicle treat as a happy distraction for your dog. Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe loved it!)
The video demonstrations made it easy to understand how to (and how not to) trim the toenails, even dark ones like Chloe’s. Plus, Dr. Buzby’s positive and encouraging approach was what I was looking for.
On my first try, I trimmed the nails on three out of four paws! Now that Chloe and I are both more confident with nail trims, I know I’ll be able to trim all four paws the next time. We’re a team and that’s true “pawfection!”
Here’s the 4-1-1 on the course:
- What it is: Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Master Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear is an online, self-guided course. You can take it when you want, where you want, and at our own pace. I recommend taking it on your laptop or any device with a large screen. A small screen like a cell phone is completely fine to use, but I loved being able to pause a video and look at the close-up camera shots (especially of the dark toenails) on a bigger screen.
- What’s included: The course includes 11 easy lessons with all sorts of course materials including videos, printable instruction guides, audio, tip sheets, quizzes, and even a certificate of completion. Additionally, Dr. Buzby is including a dog nail trimming kit (nail clippers, styptic powder, reference guide, and gift bag) for free if you take the class now.
- What type of nails will you learn to trim: Dark nails, light nails, puppy nails, large nails, Dr. Buzby demonstrates how to trim them all with a focus on a nail trimming technique that helps you trim more of the nail and get closer to the quick. Plus, she demonstrates nail trimming on all types of adorable dogs.
- What you will learn: You’ll get instruction on which nail trimming tools to use (and why to avoid guillotine style nail trimmers at all costs), prep tips, how often to trim your dog’s nails, how to position your dog so that he or she is comfortable for the nail trim, the technique that Dr. Buzby has perfected so that you can trim more of the nail, how to find and avoid the quick to you don’t cut the nail too short, how to trim dew claws, and even which toenails to trim first!
A special offer: Save 15%
Use the code “HAPPYNAILS” to save 15% on Dr. Buzby’s nail trimming course! Just go to courses.drbuzby.com or click here: Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Master Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear. Then enter the code HAPPYNAILS at checkout.
FREE dog treat recipe printable
Finally, please download Dr. Buzby’s recipe for a pupsicle treat! It makes a tasty distraction for your dog during a nail trim! Chloe loved it!
About Dr. Julie Buzby: the expert behind the nail trimming course
I’d met Dr. Julie Buzby while attending a pet blogging conference where she was a presenter. I became an instant fan when I learned about her innovation, called ToeGrips, which helped senior and special needs dogs gain traction and mobility on slippery floors. Dr. Buzby’s passion, kindness, positivity, and absolute love for helping dogs were infectious.
What I learned from this integrative veterinarian who has a passion for dog nail trimming
Here’s a little-known fact about Dr. Buzby: dog nail trimming is her soapbox! The idea for the nail trimming course grew out of her love for teaching nail trimming techniques to her veterinary clients. She describes her philosophy this way:
“They say if you give a man a fish he’ll fish for a day, he eats for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. Similarly, I’m happy to trim a dog’s toenails, but I’m much happier to transfer my knowledge on to you.” ~ Dr. Julie Buzby
“Hearing an empowered pet parent say, “I get it! I understand why this is so important and now I have the tools to make this happen at home! Honestly, this is one of my greatest joys as an integrative veterinarian of 20 years.”
~ Dr. Julie Buzby
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Doodle kisses and tail wags!
The online trimming giveaway has ended
One lucky winner received Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Master Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear AND Dr. Buzby’s Nail Trimming Kit.