Most dogs do not like having their claws trimmed

Trimming my dogs nails is always a battle and the dog usually wins. I’m almost afraid to try again because last time he snapped at me. Can you give me tips on how to start over so that I don’t get injured and my dog doesn’t get stressed? Thanks, W.

If my dog’s nails are over grown how can dog nail trimming get them back to a healthy length?

In August of 2011, I wrote an article titled about the value of a “(also called a Dremel, but that’s a brand name) when trimming a dog’s nails. I’m updating and revisiting it here, after a friend mentioned that nail trims were a big issue at her house. Now that I have three sets of nails to trim, I find myself thinking about it again too.

How to Cut Your Dog's Nails - dummies

When trimming my dog's nails I have two clippers I use, the first is the Go Pets Nail Clippers One of my former dogs (RIP) had issues with his nails too. I ended up having to take him to my local PetSmart groomer and while they had to muzzle him for their safety they were able to do it. The people at most groomers are qualified and do a good job with dogs who don't like their nails clipped. Dogs nails if left untrimmed can become painful and thats why I went to the groomer. I know groomers can be expensive, but if you go to a local PetSmart store the nail clipping is only around $10. I only had to get his nails done every 2 or 3 months. If nothing else works you should try the groomer. Good luck

Feb 25, 2015 - I have no idea how to trim my dog's nails

Trimming your dog’s nails is a necessary chore and should be done every three or four weeks. You can do it yourself or have a or clip your dog’s nails for you. Most groomers will be happy to show you how it’s done and it might be a good idea to do this the first time around. If your dog absolutely detests the process and it turns into a huge struggle, my advice is to let the pros do it. This unhappy scenario can be avoided by getting your dog used to having his paws handled when he’s a pup.

My dog hides when the trimmers come out


A lot of people have been asking me recently how I trim my dogs' nails. I also show how to get your dogs nails to become shorter, if the pink parts have grown out. If you want to learn more, you should subscribe as I will be showing how to teach your dog to be as calm and relaxed as mine when getting his nails trimmed!

Caution- Don't trim your dog's nails super short before any competitions or large amounts of exercise. Don't have your dog roll over on his back right after eating a big meal.

THIS VIDEO IS ON HOW I TRIM MY DOGS NAILS. COMING SOON- How to get your dog to feel comfortable with nail trimming! And how to teach play dead for nail trimming.

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Pedicures aren't just for pampered pooches—your dog is descended from wolves, but her nails don't have the chance to wear down as they would in the wild. A regular clipping every three or four weeks will save her from painful ingrown nails and sore paws.

Step 1: Check dog's nails
Check to see if your dog's nails need clipping. You shouldn't hear her nails clicking against a hard floor when she walks. If there's clicking, it's time for a clipping.

Step 2: Position yourself
Your dog probably won't enjoy this procedure, so she's likely to require some form of restraint. Hold her in your lap, or spread a towel on a sturdy table or counter and place the dog on top. Stand on the side of the table opposite the nails you'll be trimming and lean over her, so you can hold her down with your body, if necessary.

Tip
If your dog is large or very wriggly, it may help to have a second person hold her while you do the clipping.

Step 3: Clip nail
Holding one paw gently but firmly, clip the tip of the nail. Clip from underneath, holding the clippers at a slight angle in keeping with the curve of the nail.

Step 4: Clip carefully
Be careful to avoid the blood vessels and nerves that run through a dog's nail, called the quick. If you cut into the quick, it will cause pain and bleeding.

Tip
If your dog's nail is white, you can see the pinkish quick, so it's easy to avoid. If your dog has black nails, snip a little bit at a time until, when looking at the nail in cross-section, you can see a darker dot in the middle.

Step 5: Stop bleeding
If you cut into the quick, place a tissue over the nail and apply pressure until it stops bleeding—or try dipping the nail into styptic powder or cornstarch. It's unlikely that the bleeding will continue for longer than 5 to 7 minutes, but if it does, or if the blood is spurting, call your vet.

Step 6: Trim dewclaws
Don't forget to trim the dewclaws, located slightly behind the paw on the inner part of the leg. Some breeds have more than one pair on their hind legs.

Step 7: Use emery board
If your dog still has some patience left, it's a good idea to use an emery board to lightly file the nails smooth.

Step 8: Praise your dog
Praise your dog lavishly before you let her go. That way she'll come to associate these beauty treatments with extra attention from her owner!

Did You Know?
Many companies now sell doggie nail polish—it's safe for pet nails, requires only one coat, and dries quickly to keep squirmy dogs from smearing it on the furniture.