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Keep nails and feet tidy. Trim your dog’s nails and any extra hair in between the pads of his feet before paddling. This will help reduce scratches on the board and keep your dog from slipping.
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Start out by teaching them to place their paws on the sand paper give a treat. Do this a few times rewarding the behavior. Next you will want to up the ante by only giving them a treat if they scrape their nail against the sand paper. You will notice that once they start scraping their nails they will only allow the nails to touch the paper so you don’t have to worry about their paw pads. Continue to up the ante making them use both paws and then multiple scrapes before they are given a treat your dog has now started trimming their own nails (at least the front ones).

Getting your dog to trim their back nails is a little bit more difficult though I have read that if your dog likes to throw dirt or leaves over their potty that they will be able to easily master this as well. A dog that doesn’t already display this behavior will need a few sessions before they really begin to trim their back nails. Beauty and the Dog | Scratchpad | Fandom powered by Wikia
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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.Cover the entire floor in the confined area with potty pads. After three days, take one pad away while leaving the others on the floor. Two days later, take away another pad. Continue to remove a pad every other day until one pad remains, the Animal Humane Society recommends. If your dog poops or pees in a different location, cover the floor with potty pads and start from scratch.You will most certainly want to help your pet feel better in whatever ways you can; however it is important that you don't scratch your dog's itch for him. This may have the opposite effect and actually cause your dog to itch even more. There are things you can do to relieve your dog's itching while you and your vet figure out the problem. Bathe the dog regularly in cool water. Water that is too warm will only make the dog itch more, so keep the temperature as cool as possible without being too cold for your pet's comfort. Allow your pet to just soak for at least 5 to 10 minutes, or a little longer if he seems to enjoy it. You can add epsom salts, baking soda or colloidal oatmeal to the water to help increase the soothing effects. Keep in mind though, this only provides temporary relief for anywhere from a few hours to a few days at best. After the bath pat, DO NOT RUB the dog with a soft, clean towel. Rubbing his skin may also increase your dog's itchiness. Also make sure you do not use a hair dryer on a heat setting. A cool (no heat) setting would be okay, if you want to use that to help dry his fur. Heat and rubbing will make the soothing bath ineffective. Make sure you keep his bedding clean and dry and do not use any sprays or other things on rugs or pads that he may sleep on, as this may irritate the itch further, and may even be one of the things causing him to itch.