Why Dogs Resist When You Touch Their Front Paws
Thu, January 27, 2022

Why Dogs Resist When You Touch Their Front Paws

The act of touching their front paws is more alarming to some canine too because they may not be conditioned to accept the touch or there are other reasons behind / Photo by Kaz via Pixabay


Dogs are generally tolerant of humans in terms of how much they allow us to handle and touch them. But just like how some people can’t stand being tickled or sharing their personal space with others, there are also some dogs that don’t like having their paws touched. The act of touching their front paws is more alarming to some canine too because they may not be conditioned to accept the touch or there are other reasons behind.


Fear of Nail Clipping

One of these reasons is that they are afraid of nail clipping. The majority of dogs hate having their nails clipped. Not only are they restrained but are required to stay still and the snapping sound of the nail clipper puts them outside their comfort zones. According to UK-based pet classified Pets4Homes, the blood-rich capillaries and nerves that feed the dog’s nails are very sensitive. This makes it painful for dogs if the owner accidentally cut their quick (hyponychium) that is locked beneath the nail plate. If this ever happened to the dog when the owner tried cutting its nail, the dog will still remember it and will be frightened or reluctant to having their nails clipped again.


Graze, Cut, or Sore on the Paw

Grazes, cuts, sores, and foreign bodies stuck in the paw can be uncomfortable for the dog. This is why it quickly creates defensive reactions the moment their paws are touched. But this makes it even more necessary to check the paws because they may need treatment. A trip to a nearby veterinary clinic can help.

They Are Ticklish

There is also a possibility that the dog is ticklish. Even if owners will touch the paws gently or too lightly, it creates a ticklish sensation that leads to annoyance and twitching on dogs.


Problem With How the Claws Are Growing

Dogs’ claws naturally wear down if they are used to walking on hard platforms. However, dogs that only walk on grass or are not used to walking at all will have claws that may grow longer than usual and cause a problem. For instance, it may grow twisted or is curling over that presses onto the pad of their paw. It can be very painful for the animal, the reason why it is reluctant to let people touch its paws. Pet parents should be reminded that keeping the dog’s nails in good condition is important to keep the animal healthy. If owners are afraid that they may accidentally hurt their dog when trying to cut their nails, a trip to a professional groomer or a veterinary is a good choice.

Joint and bone problems

Another reason why dogs resist when their front paws are touched is because of a joint and bone problem. This applies to dogs with a congenital condition as a result of injury or those with arthritis. Holding or lifting their paw manipulates the limb, causing them pain even if the pain is not directly in the limb or foot.


Sensory Issues

Nerves are found in the paw pads of dogs. These nerves send messages to their brain. It helps dogs investigate their surroundings, especially the condition and composure of floors or lands that they are walking on. The sensory receptors allow the dog to tell if the surface is sharp, cold, wet, or solid. If dogs have sensory issues, it may be too much for them to accept human touch without prior conditioning.


How Often to Cut the Dog’s Nails?

Groomers usually consider a number of factors in determining how often to cut a dog’s nails. It depends on the activity of the dog, its age, environment, breed, and nail length. Longer nails result in breakage and snagging, making it more painful for the pooch that they will need sedation to remove or repair the nails. On average, dogs need to have their nails trimmed every one to two months. Their nails also need to be trimmed if they are always clicking on the floor every time they are walking. The advice is to always start handling the puppy’s paws early and right. Giving a treat also sends a positive association to the experience.

Dog Paw Cleaner Market: Statistics

According to market research service provider Alexa Reports, the dog paw cleaner market is getting progressively innovative and unique. Today, there are a growing number of private players in the field. Among the key players in the dog paw cleaner market are ValoMarket and Furminator.

Meanwhile, the database company Statista detailed the pet grooming and boarding market size in the US from 2009 to 2019. The statistics showed that in 2009, the pet grooming and boarding market size was valued at $4.56 billion and increased to $4.86 billion in 2010, $5.13 billion in 2011, $5.56 billion in 2012, $5.91 billion in 2013, $6.48 billion in 2014, $7.15 billion in 2015, $7.77 billion in 2016, $8.06 billion in 2017, $8.20 billion in 2018, and $8.38 billion in 2019.

The pet grooming products by market segment usually include shampoo and conditioner, comb and brush, and clippers and scissors.


Pet Spending Around the World

In 22 countries surveyed by research firm GfK, more than half of the population shared their home with a pet. Countries with the highest rate of pet ownership are Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico but Americans are not far behind. There are also many pet owners in the European countries but is relatively low in Asia, except China. On average, 33% of the surveyed International households own dogs, 23% own cats, 12% fishes, and 6% birds. Pet food sales are also growing faster compared to the packaged foods meant for humans.

Your furry friend may not be living in the wilderness but they have the same survival instinct while domesticated to protect themselves. Their paws are there to help them interact with the world around them. As a pet owner, try to be aware of sensitivities and injuries of your little buddy and gradually let them know that you are there for them and you can hold their paw too as a friend.