Dog Nail Clipping Lesson

Document created by Heidi Davis on Nov 28, 2007Last modified by Julie Fritsch on Aug 12, 2016
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Make a Model of How to Trim a Dog's Nails

Materials:

1/4 plastic fish tank tubing

 

Red Chenille stems

 

Markers

 

 

scissors

 

 

tape(scotch and electrical)

 

 

 

 

Method

 

Explain to students the anatomy of a dog nail and how to properly trim them. Show a diagram of when you cut the nail normal, too short, left too long and if the nail is black. Explain that they will now create educational posters for a vet's office that explain the correct procedure but that they will use the given materials to create 3-D models of the nails. See pics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For discussion:

 

 

1. What are the advantages to trimming a dog's nails from the time they are very young puuppies?

 

 

2. Why should you have styptic powder on hand at all times when trimming nails?

 

 

3. Why is nail care important?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refererences:

Inspired by a station in the

 

Miller, et al, (1998). Dog Learning Laboratory Kit. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University.

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