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How To Trim Your Dogs Nails

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Trimming your dog’s nails can be a traumatic experience for both you and your pet. The best way to calm your fears is to ask a veterinarian or a professional groomer for tips. The best way to ease the stress on your dog is to train it from a very young age so he gets comfortable with the process.

Nail trimming is an important part of your dog grooming routine that should be done on a regular basis. When trimming your dog’s nails, it’s important to make it a pleasurable experience for her.

How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

In most cases, it will be easier to trim your dog’s nails if you have someone who can help by restraining your dog. Keeping your dog still and minimizing wiggles will reduce the likelihood of you accidentally cutting a nail too short and damaging the quick.

Here are a Few Quick Tips

  1. Teach your dog to associate nail trimming with something she loves.
  2. Touch and play with her feet and pads to get her used to handling. This will help when it comes time to trim nails. Your dog will be less likely to pull away.
  3. The most important thing to remember is to take it nice and slow. Start with just holding your dog’s paw and touching a toe, then reward with a treat. Continue this for a couple of days until your dog is relaxed and sees this as a rewarding experience.

Most dogs don’t like having their nails trimmed and who can blame them? Trimming can cause discomfort when the clippers squeeze or slightly twist nails. However, you can avoid this with proper equipment handling.

What Type of Nail Clippers is Best for Dogs?

There are two main varieties of dog nail clippers: guillotine style and scissor style. Guillotine-style clippers have a hole that the nail is fed through. Once the nail is positioned in this hole, you squeeze the handles together and a blade rises up from the base to cut the nail. Scissors style nail clippers, in contrast, are shaped similar to scissors. These clippers have two moving blades that come together when you squeeze the clipper handles together.

Both styles of nail clippers are very effective for dogs, although many people develop a preference for one particular style. If you have never clipped your dog’s nails before, consider experimenting with both styles to see which style works best for you and your dog.

Make Sure a Nail Trim is Part of Your Pet’s Regular Hygiene Maintenance

If unable to do it yourself, most professional groomers know all the tricks to calm and secure a pet during a nail trim. Typically nail trims are part of normal grooming services.  Be sure to ask for this service. If your vet has to sedate or anesthetize your pet for a dental cleaning or other procedure, that is also a great time to perform a nail trim. 

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