Dog Nail Trimming Tips
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:
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).
- Ensure that your clippers of choice are sharp
- Desensitize your dog's paws (work on simple stroking and touching of the paws before attempting to clip them)
- Always have lots of your dog's favorite treats to offer before, during and after the clipping
- Keep the nail trimmers almost parallel to the nail
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)
- Don't squeeze the toes, ouch!
- Cut a small amount every 2 weeks for maintenance
- Keep styptic powder on hand in case you do cut the quick
- PRAISE PRAISE PAISE your dog after every nail trim (even if they are used to it)
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