Being Rushed at Potty Time
Dogs want to be able to take their time when they go out to potty. Aside from doing their business, they also like to have some time to explore and sniff. Instead of rushing your dog, train them to come back when they are done. This is easily done with treats and positive reinforcement.
Badly Timed Walks
Make sure you pay attention to your dog’s cues. If it is too hot or too cold out, a walk may not be the best idea. Oftentimes, humans like a midday walk. But keep in mind that in the middle of summer, the pavement could be scorching hot and very uncomfortable on your dog’s paws. In the winter, you will want to make sure the temperature is not too cold and that there is a place to walk where the snow is not cumbersome. Dogs can get snow in between their toes, making it painful to walk.
Poor Nail Trimming
If you are not sure how to do it properly, it is better left to a professional. If you cut your dog’s nails too short, you will be cutting their quick, a blood vessel and nerve found in the nail. This can result in a lot of blood and it hurts your dog.
On the flip side, if the nails are too long after clipping, they get in the way of your dog’s walking and can cause pain.
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