Well, the squeals I’m talking about weren’t heard all around the world but if you were in Anderson Tractor Supply on Feb. 23 you may have heard some c-r-a-z-y sounds coming from a little black pug being held by her mom. Now mind you, the squeals, whines and howls were going on even before I got close to her but onlookers in the store probably thought I was the one making her yip and yell.
Since around 2012 I’ve been setting up a table and bringing my nail trim supplies to the Tractor Supply stores on a monthly basis in Anderson, Muncie and New Castle and I’ve had the privilege of working with all kinds of animals up close and personal.
On this particular day a 15 lb pug gave me a run for my money. Her mom broke a sweat and we both had slobber all over us…but, we got it done and did so with frequent breaks, consistency and patience.
Pet nail trims don’t have to be scary and something to put off and I’ve made it my mission to help pets and educate their guardians about the necessity of regular nail trims.
Pet nail trims don’t have to be scary.-Kelley Stewart
Education and Consistency is the Key
When a customer brings their pet in to see me it may be their first time or it may be their 40th time. They may have recently adopted their dog or cat and have no idea how they behave for nail trims. Or, you know for sure their dog will try and tear my face off if I’m not careful.
The pets that resist terribly are the ones that really need humans to help them get through that fear. And usually that only happens when they’re consistent and patient with the process.
In the store that day as the pug was squirming to free her mom’s grip, I explained what was going on and how we were going to help her. I asked if they had ever seen a toddler throw a fit in a grocery store because they wanted candy or a toy and many people nodded.
Dogs can throw temper tantrums and unfortunately we just have to wait them out. In saying that, I pay close attention to the pet’s breathing and heart rate. Safety is a priority and I won’t continue with the service if I feel the pet is too stressed out. I can also make house calls if you’d rather have me come to you versus you come into the store. Just request the service here.
Regular Visits Will Lead to Better Behavior
Dogs like this pug benefit from regular visits and my hope is that if you have a dog that absolutely hates having his or her nails cut, please find someone that can help you and your pet.
Puppies and kittens that are introduced to this service in a positive manner typically continue with good behavior as they get older. I encourage people to bring puppies and kittens in once a month to make sure we get them on the right track with nail trims.
Do Older Dogs Need Nail Trims?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Long nails can cause a lot of pain. If your dog has arthritis or hip dysplasia and long nails on top of that, they’re not very comfortable. Left uncut, your dog’s nails can curl into their paw pads, can twist and grow into a circular shape or corkscrew. Again, this is uncomfortable and why I provide low-cost options to help people and their pets.
Thanks for reading,
Kelley Stewart, CEO|Pet Sitter
“Your pet sitting, dog walking, poop scooping specialists!”
P.S. We’re scheduling spring break and summer vacation pet sitting visits now. If you’d like to talk to us about our pet sitting services, call us at 765-744-5688. We service Muncie, Yorktown, Anderson and New Castle, Indiana areas.