Stress Free Toenail and Nail Trimming Tips for Pugs Continued

~Pug Tip of the Week~
Remember a few weeks back when Mom had an epiphany and decided to begin cutting my nails as I slept? And remember that it actually worked?!?  In fact, it worked so well on the first few nails that I just had to tell you about it- even before we were sure it was going to keep working. We were all so excited and hopeful! Well, now we want to give you the full update…

The sleepy-time cutting is still going great!
Every couple of days my mom cuts one of my nails in the morning as I sleep soundly. She has now gotten almost all of them done, just one or two more to go. She was so excited for us to share this  wonderful success!!! Before this method I was getting SO worked up each time she tried to cut my nails and gee wiz they were not getting any shorter. (As a matter of fact they were getting longer by the day!!)

We are so thrilled.

If you want your human to try this, give them these tips and tell them to just start slowly.
1. Pick a time when your pug is in a very deep sleep. (For me it is early in the morning.)
2. On the first day (or for a few days) just start with a little paw touching. Then massage/scratch/ rub your pug as she loves to be rubbed.
3. On the following day have your nail cutters ready (but out of sight) and once again touch the paw casually. Gently ease into cutting with no sudden movements.  Cut one nail only. Then pet and rub your dog as they love to be rubbed.
4. Go on doing one nail a day (we sometimes skip days) until all of the nails are trimmed.
By the time you get all of the nails done it may be time to start over again….such is life, right?!?

Here’s hoping these tips can help at least one pug get a stress free nail trimming!
Do let us  know how it goes!

xoxo always ~ Gretta Rose de Pug

3PugLove - March 23, 2014 - 8:39 am

We began swaddling our pugs in a light blanket, like a fleece throw. We wrapped them up and laid them on their backs on my chest. Removing one paw at a time, my wife used a dremel like device to grind their nails while I reassured them and rubbed their face.

We did this routine nail maintenance two a week, and after about 3 – 4 months I simply have to lay them on their backs, using the same blanket, resting comfortably on my chest. No need to swaddle as they lay there relaxed enjoying the mani-pedi.

Every once in a while one of them may begin to stress out during the procedure. If so, we simply swaddle them and it reassures them and immediately calms them down.


pugsandkisses - March 21, 2014 - 12:32 pm

This is such a good tip and we’ve heard it works well for many pugs just as it does for yours. We tried it a few month back and I was still afraid. So glad you found a stress-free nail cutting method for your puggies!

pugsandkisses - March 21, 2014 - 12:28 pm


Beth | Daily Dog Tag - March 21, 2014 - 9:37 am

That sounds like a good strategy, I might have to try it on my Puggle!

Payton's mom - March 21, 2014 - 7:11 am

I’m so glad that you both aren’t so stressed about nail trimmings now! Although I bet it’s hard for your mom not to start snuggling with you instead of clipping your nails since you’re such a cute sleeper. <3

Michelle B - March 20, 2014 - 3:13 pm

All of my puggies HATED getting their nails trimmed…until my daughter became a groomer. She learned how to use a grinder (ie small Dremmel) and what a difference!! We used to trim nails when they were sleeping but now we don’t have to…it’s awesome! Grinding is much easier on the nail and doesn’t pinch, bind, or split. You can see when you’re getting close to the quick, and you’re able to smooth the nails so there are no sharp edges to catch on anything. Definitely an option worth checking into for those fur-babies that hate trims! :o)

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