Are you afraid of trimming your dog’s black nails?
Dr. Julie Buzby’s online class helped us learn the secrets to happier nail trims
Do you trim your dog’s nails? Do you wish nail trims were a happier experience for you and your dog? As a dog mom, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I enjoy doggo hair trims, toothbrushing, and bathtime. But dog nail trims? Chloe’s black nails intimidated me. I was afraid of hitting the quick. That’s why trips to the groomer or vet were the best solution for Chloe’s nails trims, which I knew were important to her health. But score! Through Dr. Julie Buzby’s Nail Trimming Without Fear online course, not only did I learn how to trim Chloe’s dark nails, but I learned how to make the experience positive and happier for both Chloe and me. We’re grateful to be able to share not only our experience, but also a product giveaway, and a special offer on Dr. Buzby’s online course and nail trimming kit with our readers.
Chloe and I watched the nail trimming course together
While online dog training classes are common, this is the first online nail trimming course that I’ve seen. In addition to videos and reference guides, Dr. Buzby includes a dog nail trimming kit (clippers, styptic powder, and tip sheet) as part of the course launch, so I had the right tools for the job.
I took the nail trimming course on my laptop with Chloe on the couch beside me. As I watched the course videos of Dr. Buzby demonstrating her nail trimming technique on all types of adorable dogs, it donned on me—this is like having an expert right in my living room giving me step-by-step instruction. Actually, it might be better because I can replay the videos any time that I need a refresher. Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear, increased my confidence that Chloe and I could do this.
Before completing Dr. Buzby’s course, I’d tried trimming Chloe’s dark nails myself
When Chloe was younger, I’d tried trimming her nails on my own. Using some dog nail clippers that I thought looked good, 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 pulled her paw out of my hand.
Do you know where those trimmers are now? Me neither. Probably in the back of a junk drawer somewhere. Yes, trips to the groomer or to the vet for dog nail trims had been part of our dog nail care routine since my attempt about five years ago.
Meeting Dr. Julie Buzby, the powerhouse of kindness and dog love behind her online 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, that helped senior and special needs dogs gain traction and mobility on slippery floors. (The before and after videos of dogs are amazing.) Dr. Buzby’s passion, kindness, positivity, and absolute love for helping dogs were infectious.
What I learned from a 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
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 method I’d tried was more like a McDonald’s drive-thru: grab-the-clippers and go!
After taking the course, I had a clear picture of exactly how to approach the nail trim including making sure that Chloe was comfy and had plenty of distractions. (BTW…if you take the course, try making Dr. Buzby’s pupsicle treat for your dog. Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe loved it!)
Through the video demonstrations, it was easy to understand how to (and how not to) trim toenails, even dark ones like Chloe’s. Dr. Buzby’s positive and encouraging approach was just the boost that I needed. 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 start now.
- What type of nails will you learn to trim: Dark nails, light nails, puppy nails, big nails, Dr. Buzby demonstrates how to trim them all. Plus, she demonstrates on all types of adorable dogs.
- What you will learn: You’ll get instruction on which nail trimming tool to use, prep tips, how often to trim your dog’s nails, how to position your dog so that he or she is comfy, the technique that Dr. Buzby has perfected so that you can trim more of the nail, how to avoid the quick that could be a bloody nightmare, and the term “goat on a rock.” (That’s a fun one!) You’ll even learn which toenails to trim first!
Online nail trimming course and product giveaway
Here’s your chance to win Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Master Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear AND Dr. Buzby’s Nail Trimming Kit (ARV of $179)! Please follow the easy instructions in the giveaway form to enter for a chance to win!
We’re HAPPY to share a special holiday offer with you: $99 Course and Kit Bundle
Can’t wait to see if you’ve won the giveaway? Now through December 18, use the code “HAPPY” and you’ll get the course, Dr. Buzby’s nail trimming kit ($39 ARV), and FREE SHIPPING for $99. That’s 40% off the regular course price. Go to courses.drbuzby.com to enroll or click here: Dr. Buzby’s DIY Dog Master Course: Nail Trimming Without Fear.
FREE PRINTABLE dog treat recipe
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!
Do you trim your dog’s nails? We’d love to hear. Please comment below!
Doodle kisses and tail wags!