My Dog Won’t Let Me Cut His Nails Or Clean His Ears!
There are many reasons why your pet won’t let you cut his nails or brush his teeth. Some of them may be due to fear, others because they just don’t want to bother with it. But if you really want to get rid of those unsightly cuts and dents, then there is no other way but cutting off the offending part completely.
If you have a stubborn dog that refuses to listen to reason, then here is what you need to do:
1) Get him out of the house.
If possible, take him somewhere where he will not encounter any other dogs or people. You can try taking him for a walk outside the city.
2) Make sure that he doesn’t see anyone else doing so either.
This means making sure that nobody is watching him when you go for your routine grooming session at home.
3) Once you are ready, start by putting some water in a bowl and gently massage his back until he relaxes.
Then, use a soft toothbrush to comb through the hair around his neck area. Do not use a stiff brush since it might hurt your pet.
4) After brushing his fur, rinse it thoroughly with warm water and pat dry with paper towel.
This will ensure that all the knots and tangles fall off.
5) Once dry, use the thinning shears to shorten the hair around his neck and belly.
Make sure you don’t shorten it too much or he will be very hot.
6) After that, you can start trimming the hair on his paws using a pair of blunt-tipped scissors.
Trim a little bit at a time until you achieve the desired length.
This will give him that clean look and prevent dirt and grime from building up in between his toes.
7) After that, you can use a toothbrush to brush his teeth and rinse with a specially formulated pet toothpaste.
You can also make your own by combining one part vinegar, one part baking soda, and a few drops of mint extract into your regular toothpaste. This will give him fresh breath as well as prevent cavities and plaque build-up.
8) Finally, use blunt-tipped scissors to trim his whiskers and his nails.
Whiskers do not need to be cut too short since they will naturally keep their shape. But you should trim his nails so that they don’t grow too long and scratch you or your furniture.
This cycle should be repeated every month after your pet’s bath time. Eventually, he will become used to it and won’t mind the routine grooming sessions too much.
You can also try brushing his teeth and cleaning his ears on a daily basis so that he gets used to it early.
Here are some other hygiene tips you can try…
Brushing his teeth – Daily brushing will not only give him fresh breath but will also prevent cavities and plaque build-up. You can use your bare hands or a specially formulated pet toothpaste.
Use the same toothbrush for both dogs and cats.
Make your own pet toothpaste by combining one part vinegar, one part baking soda, and a few drops of mint extract into your regular toothpaste.
Cleaning his ears – Moisture in the ears can cause an infection. You should wipe the insides with a Q-Tip dampened with rubbing alcohol to prevent this from happening.
If your pet is shaking his head a lot or scratching at his ears, then this means that he probably has some sort of build-up inside his ears. In this case, you should take extra time cleaning his ears to prevent an infection. Use a special Q-Tip dampened with rubbing alcohol to clean the insides of his ears.
Brushing his coat – Brushing your pet’s fur, not just his outer coat, but the undercoat as well can help prevent dead hair and dirt from getting trapped, which can cause itchiness and problems with the skin. Use a soft bristled brush or a hard rubber brush. DO NOT use a wire brush since it can damage the skin and cause hair loss.
Once a month you should give him a bath. This will not only get rid of dirt and loose hairs, but it will also make his coat shinier. When bathing your pet, make sure to get all the folds in his skin, as well as his ears, private parts, and belly button. If you want, you can add a little honey to the water to keep his skin from drying out.
Once your pet gets older, you may have to deal with callousing on his elbows and knees. If this happens, you can use a pumice stone or a hairbrush to take the dead skin away. DO NOT do this if his skin is raw or red since this will only hurt him more and could lead to infection. If this happens, stop and consult a veterinarian.
Grooming your pet is not just for his physical health, it is also great for his mental health as well. Pets enjoy looking nice just as much as anyone else does, so taking the time to groom him will make him happy.
House training your pet is one of the most important things you can do for him. If he does not know when it is okay to go and when it isn’t, he may soil anything anywhere. This can be very difficult to fix if you do not start while he’s young.
The first thing you need to do is get a supply of newspapers. These are essential in helping you to teach your pet what is and is not his toilet. Lay them down in the area where your pet sleeps and in every room of the house. It is also a good idea to keep some in your car as well.
The next thing you need to do is watch your pet closely. Most dogs and cats tend to have to go right before bedtime and right when they get up in the morning. Once you have noticed this pattern, it is time to put it to good use.
When you let your pet outside before bed, take him directly to the areas where he is allowed to go (a lawn without chemicals works best). When he finishes, praise him and give him a treat. This will reinforce in his mind that going to the bathroom outside is a good thing. When he is a puppy, he will probably not have a very good aim. It is okay to step in and guide his body so that he is aiming towards the lawn.
When you let him out in the morning, once again take him directly outside. If he goes right away, great! Praise him and give him a treat. If he doesn’t, that’s okay. Take him back inside and wait about 5 minutes and then take him back out again.
Most dogs will go within 10 minutes of waking up, but if he doesn’t then take him inside and wait until morning.
When you begin house training, it is a good idea to keep your pet on a regular feeding schedule. This will signal to him that it is time to wake up and go to sleep. It will also help with the digestion of his food and will cut down on messes.
Remember, patience is the key to house training. If you rush things, your pet may become confused. If you are consistent and patient, your pet should catch on quickly.
Remember, if at any time you have questions, you can always seek advice from your veterinarian.
Grooming is an important step in owning any pet. Dogs and Cats tend to get bored just like people do so cutting or trimming their nails, brushing their coats or giving them a nice shampoo makes them happy as well as you! Especially with dogs there are many breeds that require almost daily grooming. For more exotic pets such as lizards, there are special powders that can help them keep their right color and stop them from getting stressed. Remember to seek advice from a professional before attempting to do any of these things for the first time as it may be dangerous depending on the pet.
As well as grooming, you need to regularly check your pet for ticks and fleas. If your pet has long hair you will most likely find ticks hiding in their fur. It is important to check them daily so if you do find one you can remove it before it bites your pet and spreads diseases. As well as removing ticks, it is also a good idea to give them a tick treatment that you can buy from a pet store to prevent them from getting sick.
Frequent grooming and checking your pet for fleas and ticks will ensure they stay happy and healthy.
Taking Your Pet With You
More and more people are taking their pets with them wherever they go, and why shouldn’t they?
If you have a dog, taking it for a walk isn’t just good for the dog. It can provide you with fresh air and a bit of physical activity as well. Cats are notorious for being lazy but there are special pet carriers that you can get that allow them to look out while they ride in your car.
These days, there are even devices that allow you to take your pet snake or turtle out with you without having to risk carrying the cage.
Some people prefer to leave their pet at home when going out for the day. Although your pet will probably be fine at home by itself, there are many devices that can keep it company and satisfied while you are away. An automatic pet feeder can dispense food at specified times during the day so your pet doesn’t go hungry. There are also devices that can dispense a measured amount of water. Be sure to check the instructions that come with these products and ask a store associate for assistance if necessary.
You should also leave your pet with a radio or TV on for company. Not only will this help stop your pet from getting lonely and creating havoc in your home if you are late returning, but it will also provide them with some entertainment and the sound of a human voice.
Drivers should be aware that some pets, especially dogs, dislike car travel and showing affection to their owners when they reach their destination. If you do choose to take your pet with you in the car make sure you buckle them up and keep them in place with a pet carrier, dog seat belt or even a rope (provided they are secure and won’t choke your pet). Also try to avoid making loud or abrupt noises which may scare or startle your pet.
It is also helpful to advise your veterinarian whether you intend to transport your pet in the car or not as this may affect their medical treatment. For instance some types of vaccine should not be given to pets that will be transported on a car ride as they can cause respiratory problems while the pet is confined in a small area.
Selling or Giving Away Your Pet
There may come a time when you need to sell or give away your pet. Selling a beloved pet can be just as hard as losing a family member so it is important to only do so if you feel it is absolutely necessary. If you do need or want to sell your pet there are a few steps you can take to make the process easier.
Should You Give Your Pet Away For Free?
Giving away pets for free might seem like a good idea but there is a danger that the new owner may not treat your pet with the same care that you would. There have been cases where people have simply collected pets to use as fighting animals or for their own entertainment.
If you do choose to give your pet away for free, consider putting an advertisement in the local newspaper or just posting a notice at your local vet’s office. Be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached in case someone wants to ask you more questions about the pet. It is also a good idea to meet the potential new owner in a public place when arranging the handover.
If You Decide To Sell Your Pet…
If you decide to sell your pet then it is best to take out an advertisement online or in your local paper. Provide a description of the pet, how old it is, and what it is good at. You can also include a photo of yourself and your pet together.
You can also ask a specific price for your pet but be sure to be reasonable. Remember you are probably not going to get as much money as you would if you were selling a common pet store mouse or hamster so don’t expect high dollar offers.
The main thing to remember when selling or giving away a pet is to be kind and respectful to it throughout the whole process. Even if you have decided that you can no longer care for your pet, treating it well until a new home is found will increase the chance of it being treated well by its new owner or owner’s.
Adopting A Pet
Even if you do not already have a pet of your own, you may wish to adopt one from a shelter or another owner. There are many different animals in need of a good home and even if you already have a favorite, you might fall in love with another pet when you meet them.
If You Are Adopting From A Shelter…
If you choose to adopt a pet from a shelter then remember that you will be required to fill out some paperwork and most likely pay a small adoption fee. This fee helps to provide food and medical care for other animals at the shelter so don’t be afraid to pay it.
Once you have paid the fee and filled out all of the appropriate paperwork, you will be given general information about your new pet and some advice from the shelter workers. It is a good idea to take your new pet to your own veterinarian within a few days so that they can give it a full check up.
You should also ask your veterinarian about the best food for your pet and how often it should be fed. You should also ask about the best way to train and look after your new friend. Your veterinarian is a wealth of knowledge and the perfect person to ask whenever you have questions about your pet.
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