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How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

How to trim your dog's nails.

How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails Without Hassle

The last thing a dog companion like you wants to see is your furry buddy building fear over every nail trim. But it doesn’t have to be that way! You see, dogs instinctively resist having their nails trimmed because they sense that it might hurt. It’s your job to make the process as stress-free as possible for you.

But doing so takes more than just a grooming kit and a handful of YouTube tutorials. You also need to understand your dogs’ behaviour and know how to handle them during the nail trimming process properly .

Important Part of Grooming

At some point, you probably have thought about the prospect of not trimming their nails at all. After all, it can be quite a hassle, and some dogs don’t seem to like it.

But here’s the thing: nail trimming is an important part of your dogs’ grooming routine. Like us, our canine friends need regular nail care to ensure that their nails stay healthy and clean.

If left untrimmed, their nails can break or tear, causing pain and bleeding. And as you probably know, a broken nail is difficult to treat. There’s always the option of taking your four-legged buddy to the vet or groomer to get their nails trimmed. But that’s quite impractical from the financial perspective, not to mention that you have to visit the vet or groomer every few weeks.

So, if you’re serious about caring for your dog, the best thing to do is learn how to trim their nails yourself.

When To Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

The frequency of nail trims will depend on the growth rate of your dogs’ nails. Most dogs need their nails trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks. Some breeds, such as Dachshunds and Basset Hounds, have notoriously fast-growing nails, so they may need to be trimmed more often.

Other factors that affect the growth rate of your dogs’ nails include their age, activity level, and diet. For example, younger dogs and puppies have faster-growing nails than older dogs. And active dogs tend to wear their nails down naturally, so they don’t need to be trimmed as often as sedentary canines.
If you’re not sure when it’s time to trim your dog’s nails, look for these signs:

  • A duller whitish colour rather than a shiny clear one
  • The nails have grown beyond the fur of their paws
  • The nail has become thicker and more curved than usual

Why Is It a Hassle?

While it’s possible to trim your dogs’ nails without any hassle, it can be quite intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. In fact, some of us may even have an instinctive fear of hurting our furry companion with a pair of clippers.

Just like everything else, trimming your dogs’ nails takes practice. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on this important part of your dogs’ grooming routine. With a little patience and some helpful tips, you’ll be trimming their nails like a pro in no time.

Dog Nail Trimming: Doing it Right

Focus on two goals: successfully trim your furry buddy’s nails and do it without hassle. The best way to do this is by following these simple steps:

Step 1 – Get your pooch used to having their paws handled.

Many dog companions make a mistake approaching their dog with the nail clippers right away. This is a big NO as it only makes them wary of your intentions.
Start by handling your dog’s paws gently and frequently, such as when they’re playing or eating. If they start to squirm, stop what you’re doing and resume once they calm down.

Step 2 – Choose the right nail clipper.

There are different types of nail clippers available in the market, so you must choose the one that’s best suited for your dog. Smaller dogs will need smaller clippers, while larger breeds will need bigger ones.

There are also two main types of clippers: guillotine style and scissor style. Guillotine-style clippers are easier to use, but they require you to be extra careful not to cut your dog’s nails too short. On the other hand, Scissor-style clippers offer more control, but they can be challenging to use if you’re inexperienced.

If you’re unsure which type of clippers to choose, consult with your vet or groomer.

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Step 3 – Trim the tips of their nails first.

Start by trimming only the tip of their nail and not further down than you need to. It’ll minimize bleeding and discomfort if they flinch while you’re trimming.

Step 4 – Hold your dog’s paw firmly.

Once you’ve trimmed the tips of their nails, switch to a firmer grip on their paw and use your other hand to steady their body if necessary. Continue trimming until you reach the point where the nail starts to curve downward.

Step 5 – Trim the sides if necessary.

Some dogs have sharp edges, and these edges can get caught up in carpets or blankets, leading to painful tears and even infections. So, you may want to take a few extra minutes to trim the sides of your dog’s nails as well.

Step 6 – Reward them with praise, treats, or both!

Once you’re done, praise your furry friend and give them a treat or two. It’s as critical a step as any in the nail trimming process as it helps them associate the experience with something positive.

What If You Cut the Quick?

Don’t panic. Cutting the quick isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. While it may bleed a bit, it’s not life-threatening and will eventually stop on its own. If the bleeding doesn’t seem to be stopping, apply pressure to the area with a clean cloth or bandage.

You can also use styptic powder, which is a type of antiseptic that helps stop bleeding. Just apply a small amount to the affected area and hold for a few seconds.

So, there you go! You’ll sweat at first, but with a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it. Trimming your dog’s nails is difficult on your first attempt, but it means no more hassle moving forward.

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