How to trim your dog’s nails
Some lucky dogs seldom need to have their nails trimmed but it’s important to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and it’s not as difficult as you think. Although many people find the task of trimming their dog’s nails intimidating, it’s something that can be easily learnt and performed at home. With our insightful information and step-by-step guide below, your dog’s nails will be clipped in no time!Letting your dog’s nails become too long can be painful for your dog. When a dog’s nails make contact with hard ground, like a sidewalk or your kitchen floor, the hard surface pushes the nail back up into the nail bed. This either puts pressure on their toe joints or forces the toe to twist to the side. Not only could long nails cause pain and lead to permanent issues with the dog’s foot, they can also make every day walking and running difficult for the dog.A dog’s toenail is composed of the quick, the blood supply, a nerve that nourishes the nail and the horn-like nail itself. Just like human nails, dogs do not have any feeling in the nail itself, but the quick contains a nerve. When trimming the nail, it is important to stay far enough from the quick to avoid causing pain or drawing blood.
- Get your dog used to it:
First on the list is getting your dog used to you handling his feet and introduce the clippers frequently (without clipping). The sooner you start, the better. Many dogs have very sensitive feet and toes, so this is an important step.
- Choose the right time:
Try to start the trimming sessions when your dog is relaxed and in a comfortable place. A good time might be after a meal or after he’s tired from exercising or playing.
- Make it fun:
Try make nail trimming part of your fun playtime together. Stroke your dog’s feet and hold each paw in your hand for a few moments, gently but firmly. Give a few cuddles and belly rubs and your dog should realise that you aren’t going to hurt him.
Have a few Bags O’ Wags treats ready to offer and give extra attention to reward your dog for cooperating both during and after the trimming. This can help to make this and future sessions a success.
Dog nail trimmers come in two main styles; scissor style and guillotine style. For most people, the scissor style trimmers are easier to use. It’s also a good idea to have some styptic powder on hand in case you trim too deeply.We hope you’ve found these tips and tricks on how to trim your dog’s nails informative. We also hope that you have a better understanding that trimming your dog’s nails is necessary to ensure its health and well-being. It can be a positive experience for both of you.