Cutting your dog’s claws is no easy task, especially if he hates having his feet touched. However, with many groomers closed during COVID-19 quarantine, taking your dog for a nail trimming isn’t really an option. Instead, many dog ââparents have tried to find ways to groom their dogs at home. Unfortunately, the results are generally not as successful as expected.
Home grooming may seem like a nightmare for people with picky dogs, but there is still hope. A woman has found an awesome way to cut her dog’s nails, leaving many people wondering how they haven’t thought of it.
How to properly trim your dog’s nails
Itinerant ICU nurse Lindsey Shelton posted a silly video of her cutting her dog’s nails on TikTok. With a little extra free time in her 40s, it gave her new opportunities to be creative. So she found a new way to groom her dogs, and she was dying to try it!
To begin with, she wrapped a large amount of saran around her forehead. Then she took a spoonful of peanut butter and spread it all over the saran wrap. She even wanted to admit that the peanut butter she used is xylitol free. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs, even in small amounts.
As she smeared the peanut butter all over her face, her husband could be seen in the background. He asked what she was doing and jokingly called her a jerk.
“I sound like a jerk, but I’m about to sound like a genius!” Shelton said in the video.
While Shelton cut her dog’s nails, she kept the peanut butter on her head as a distraction. In the video, she first tried it out with her gray puppy named Schmidt. She showed Schmidt that she had peanut butter on her forehead, and he immediately started to lick it. As he licked the peanut butter, she started cutting his fingernails right away. Sure enough, he didn’t squirm or resist at all.
When she took the video, it was the first time she had tried the technique with her dogs. Shelton said Schmidt had let her cut all of her nails without a problem. Her other dog, Murphy, is a bit more picky, but he still let her cut three nails with this method. From now on, she will always cut their nails this way!
A viral grooming method
After posting the nail trimming hack on TikTok and then Instagram, Shelton quickly rose to fame in no time. Many people have commented, calling her genius. Even professional groomers agreed that his efforts were hugely innovative. However, Shelton wants people to get more from his viral video than just laughing.
âI hope people watch my other TikTok videos and learn how to welcome animals in need! This is the main reason I created my TikTok, âShelton said.
Shelton is very committed to the adoption of shelter dogs and she hopes her fame can help many dogs in need. She joked that she wishes she could have 87 dogs, but she doesn’t have the space right now. She and her husband recently sold their home so they could travel as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Shelton isn’t the only one to have had this innovative idea before. Others posted similar videos of them distracting their dogs with peanut butter while cutting their nails. In fact, the Texas SPCA recently shared a video of them using the same methods to trim a dog’s nails. Sure enough, this dog was also much more willing to cooperate with the peanut butter in front of him. Maybe this method will soon become a normal routine for dog nail clipping!
You can watch Shelton’s Genius video here:
H / T: buzzfeed.com
Featured Image: @ linds.shelton / Instagram