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Okay, maybe not all of them -- but a pressing one for many dog owners: nail clipping. (See also: the shaking, shivering fear thereof.) You're probably not surprised that this is one of the most common issues folks come to us with: "My dog won't let me trim her nails" or "He freaks out whenever he gets his nails trimmed!"

Well, you would too if you'd been hurt before! (Cue the sad old country-western song.) Or if you weren't used to your paws being handled. Or if you sensed your human getting really anxious about something as she approached you with a strange instrument (cue the horror movie music). But nails need to be trimmed often so you don't create for yourself a host of problems.

Here's where we solve your problem. (You're welcome.) Some options:

1) Bring your pup in and we'll show you how to trim the nails so you yourself don't have to shake and shiver with anxiety while wielding the clippers.

2) Dump your dog with us for a few and we'll do it for you. It's 10 bones (or $15 if you want 'em clipped and filed) and you don't have to be the bad guy.

3) Condition your dog. This may require lots of time, patience, and persistence (but don't many good things?) -- you can slowly train your dog to A) let you hold her paws and B) let you trim her nails. If they can do it to lions and bears in the zoo, you can do it for Lady. Click here for our article on how to desensitize your pup to grooming in general.

For nails in particular, it helps to wear your dog out first -- I mean, really wear him out -- and then slowly, gradually get him used to having his paws and toes handled. Then slowly slowly slowly introduce him to the clippers -- with treats and praise -- and a relaxed human (ahem). And the first dozen times, you won't even clip the nails at all. The next few times you'll "air clip" a nail or two (without actually touching the nail), and give treats and praise like they're going out of style. (In fact, the more treats and praise you lavish during this process, the better things'll go for everyone.) Eventually, you'll work your way up to cutting just the tips and go from there.

4) If your pup likes to swim, go for a long swim session -- you'll soften up the nails and you'll wear her out.

5) If all else fails, walk her and walk her and walk her on pavement -- that'll file down her nails naturally. Then you'll only have to deal with the dewclaw, which is easier.

So come on by the salon, let us talk and walk you through it. That's what we're here for: to solve your pup problems and make life better for you and your dog.