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Ready To Trim Your Dog's Nails?: Here's What You Need To Know

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February 17, 2021

Key Takeaways

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.

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 for this procedure?  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.

Most experts agree that first you have to 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 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 half a dog treat, just like they do at the Westminster Dog shows.  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.

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 two choices: you can have the vet do it or you can have the dog groomed.  Either way, they are done by professionals who will not harm the dog in any way.

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.                                       

Dog Nail Grooming Essentials

ConairPRO Dog and Cat™ Professional Corded Nail Grinder

The ConairPRO Dog and Cat Professional Corded Nail Grinder is corded with a quiet motor that will not easily intimidate a pet. The design is ergonomic, lightweight, and comes with a protective and adjustable safety guard cover. Included are replacement grinding bands and finishing stones. $47.99 Buy on Chewy.

ConairPRO Dog and Cat™ Small/Large Nail Clipper

The ConairPRO Dog and Cat Small/Large Nail Clipper includes a built-in safety guard and an ergonomic soft-grip handle to make trimming safer and more comfortable. $9.49/$10.49 Buy on Chewy.

ConairPRO Dog and Cat™ Replacement Grinding Bands and Drum + Finishing Stone

Replacement tips for the Professional Corded Nail Grinder $6.99 Buy on Chewy.

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