Dog Nail Trimming Tips

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Most dogs do not love getting their nails trimmed but here are some helpful tips on how to make the experience less stressful and more PAWsitive:

  1. Ensure that you have the right size nail clippers for the right size dog (This is important because if you try using a clipper that is too small, you may cause pinching or splitting of the nail).
  2. Ensure that your clippers of choice are sharp 
  3. Desensitize your dog's paws (work on simple stroking and touching of the paws before attempting to clip them)  
  4. Always have lots of your dog's favorite treats to offer before, during and after the clipping
  5. Keep the nail trimmers almost parallel to the nail
  6. Cut a little bit of nail until you can see the beginning of a circle (this is the beginning of the vein that runs through their nails) 
  7. Don't squeeze the toes, ouch!
  8. Cut a small amount every 2 weeks for maintenance 
  9. Keep styptic powder on hand in case you do cut the quick
  10. PRAISE PRAISE PAISE your dog after every nail trim (even if they are used to it)


    dog nail trimming diagram


    Source (Image): Dog Guide

    Source (Image): PEI MAG

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