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Scratchboard Dog Part 1 – Left Ear, Forehead
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Once you teach your pooches a digging command for the scratchboard and they get used to the sandpaper under their feet, you can change the grit. Just remember higher grit numbers mean the sandpaper is less abrasive. Ideally, dogs 20-25 lbs should shoot for eventually using 40 grit sandpaper, with larger dogs shooting for using 30 grit.

Goal: Positively introduce your dog to scratchboard.
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WooHoooo Laura! It’s amazing how quick it works, even for dogs that HATE nail trims. For outer and inner nails, rotate the scratch board inward or outward so the nail rests squarely on the board while he scratches. At first, your dog will probably offer softer scratches due to the tilting of the board, which is okay but after a few clicks, start clicking stronger scratches. Think of the scratch board like an emory board for our nails, move it around as needed. I find this works much quicker than leaving the scratchboard flat on the floor. Would love to see video!!!! #animals #dog #scratchboard #illustration #art #blackandwhite #pattern
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This is just the beginning of my "Big Dog" series of larger than life portraits of dog faces. The ears are detachable and each of the parts are actually boxes with scratchboard on the one surface. Very unusual. It made it into the Society of Animal Artists' Annual Show and is currently touring the nation going from one museum to another. Always thinking on the box, not outside of it!Teaching Your Dog to Trim Her Nails With a ScratchboardAfter finishing an entire tutorial on trimming your dog’s nails with clippers, I want to be upfront and honest. I’ve taught my dogs to trim their own front paw nails. In my opinion, it’s much … How to Teach Your Dog to Use a ScratchboardYou’ve built a size-appropriate nail scratchboard and now it’s time to teach your dog how to drag her front nails across it. You’ll need a clicker, lots of yummy treats (about the size of a pea), … In the beginning, your dog will drag one front paw at a time across the scratchboard. Our goal is scratching two front paws (digging style) across the scratchboard, making dog nail trims quick and fun. Keep that in mind when building a scratchboard for your dog.After a few trials and errors, I discovered maximum nail filing when placing the scratchboard at a 45-degree angle to the ground. At this angle, your dog files the bottom portion first and then the middle and top of nail, forming a nice rounded and smooth nail. When keeping the scratchboard flat on the ground, I noticed a blunter bottom portion instead of a rounded nail tip, which seemed to grow out faster.Introduce self nail filing using 80 grit sandpaper. This softer grit is more comfortable during the learning stage and less likely to scratch paw pads. Once your dog learns to drag only her nails across the scratchboard, lower the grit size slowly. Remember, which will slowly file back your dog’s nails. Most dogs are comfortable dragging their nails across 30-40 grit sandpaper, which files down nails fast.It’s pretty simple to build your own scratchboard. All you need is sandpaper, wood and staples. After building a few and trying them out with different sized dogs, it’s best to build a scratchboard based on your dog’s paw size.Trim a 2×4 into two foot pieces and staple sandpaper around front, back and sides. Make sure staples are flush with the board. You don’t want your dog’s nails to get caught in a staple. When lowering grit, I just staple it over the previous grit. For larger nail scratchboards, wrap and staple entire surface with sandpaper.