How to teach your dog to do their own nails.

This dog is clearly stressed.

Step 1: Make the nail scratcher!

All you’re going to do is buy a cutting board, sandpaper, and some tape. Put the sandpaper on the cutting board and tape it on. Easy peasy!

Step 2: Click and Reward your pup for interacting with the cutting board

This is called shaping. Whether your pup looks at the cutting board, lifts a paw, or does ANYTHING, you’re going to click & reward. We’re going to slowly (but surely) get our pups to be really excited about the cutting board.

Step 3: Add in the cue ‘scratches’

Once your pup is regularly scratching at the board, you’re going to add in the cue ‘scratches.’

Step 4: Reinforce HARDER scratches

When your pup adds more pressure to the scratcher, reinforce with extra praise and treats.

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Lisa Ullery Gallegos

Lisa Ullery Gallegos

I’m a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with free training videos on my YouTube channel, “Lisa Gallegos Dog Training”