At times, clipping your dog’s nails can be just as stressful for you as it is for your pup! But that doesn’t mean avoiding it altogether. Trimming your dog’s nails is very important for keeping them comfortable when walking and preventing further damage.
Some dogs can be more difficult than others (trust us, we know!), so here are some tips for trimming your dog’s nails:
1. Use Treats
Reward your dog for sitting still and dealing with their nails being trimmed – they will begin to associate nail trims with treats! In the beginning, treat them after each clip, and most importantly, take it slow!
2. Fold Their Paw Backwards
Often the scariest part for your dog is watching their nails being clipped, so take a tip from the pros and pick up their paw, bending it under, and then use your other hand to clip.
3. Know How Short to Trim
Just like when you cut your fingernails too short, cutting your dog’s nails too short can be painful! Use this guide below to learn where their quick is and how short you should go. Also – keep the styptic powder or cornstarch nearby to dab on the nail if you do cut it too short, as they will bleed.
4. Consider a Dremel
Quite often, a Dremel can be much less intimidating to a dog than the actual clippers. This grinds the nail down and can take some getting used to, but is a popular method with many uses.
5. Cut Them After Their Bath
Water will naturally cause their nails to become softer and easier to cut!
But quite often, trimming your dog’s nails is just more than you want to take on – in that case, give All-Star Grooming a call, we’re glad to help, and nail trims are included with grooming services!
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