How To Trim Your Dog's Nails

How To Trim Your Dog’s Nails

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The one thing dogs are most afraid of and bothered by is nail trimming. It can be a daunting task for any dog owner. Here are some tips to make dog nail trimming easier for you and the dog.

How Often Should I Trim My Dog’s Nails?

A dog’s nails should be trimmed at least once a month. Before trimming a dog’s nails, it is necessary to have the proper implement. Check your local pet supply store for more information.

To clip the nails, it is important to just cut the very tip of the nail and not go too far down the nail. This can cause bleeding and possible infection.

How do you get a dog to sit still?

Good question, but there are no easy answers. First, you have to be able to get near the dog’s nails. The last thing you want to do is just take the nail and cut it. You have to start slow. Note, however, that it’s easier with puppies than older dogs since puppies seem to adapt better.

Get the dog used to your touching his paws. You may want to try the old standard, “Give me your paw.” At first, you can shake it like a hand shaking another. Do this for some time until the dog gets used to this command and follow it with a treat.

Once you feel the dog has gained your trust, take out the clippers. Let your dog sniff them and look at them for some time. Practice this until the dog doesn’t show any aversion to the clippers.

Finally, the day has arrived. Begin by asking him to give you his paw, take out the clippers and cut one nail. Give him a treat and lots of praise. Check his reaction. If he reacts badly to it; put the clipper away and try again at another time.

Okay, it’s been a few days since the first nail was clipped, now try again. This time you may find that the dog is a little more receptive. Remember, he remembers the treat you gave him the first time around, so he may not give you a bad time.

Begin clipping each nail. Give him a dog treat as a reward for allowing you. If you think you can go further, do it. Don’t hesitate or show that you are a bit nervous. Before you know it, you will have accomplished the impossible.

What Happens If I Cut The Quick?

If you do happen to accidentally cut the quick it will cause bleeding, don’t panic because it will stop. Make sure you have some styptic powder to hand. This will quickly stop bleeding due to nail clipping and can also be applied to cuts.

Reward yourself with a treat, you deserve it. Keep in mind; you are not hurting the dog in any way. In fact you are helping to prevent any pain and problems which can hamper the dog from walking properly.

For those who simply can’t stand the thought of trimming their dog’s nails, you have other choices: you can have the vet do it, you can have the dog groomed or maybe try one of the nail grinders that are available.

Think of it this way, have you ever tried to type on a keyboard when your nails were too long? Difficult, isn’t it? Well, imagine a dog’s nail getting so long they curl up. Before that happens, start clipping a dogs nails from the outset and all will be well.

How To Trim Your Dog's Nails
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