your dog’s nails can easily appear to be a very daunting process,
but in reality, it’s not actually that bad – as long as you know
what you’re doing. If you’re clipping your dog’s nails, it’s smart
to begin by clipping just the very tips off, once per week, to get
you both used to the process.
begin, take note of the following tips for making sure that you
clip your dog’s nails in a way that is not painful for either one
your vet clip your dog’s nails is cheaper than having a groomer
do it. So next time your dog gets his or her shots, ask your vet
to clip your dogs nails, and watch how it’s done so that you can
learn from him or her technique.
you take your dog for a walk, spend as much time on sidewalks
and concrete because they’ll wear the nails down naturally.
you do decide to clip your dog’s nails, you’ll need the following:
good quality pair of dog nail clippers. It’s very worth it to
pay a bit more and get a good quality pair, since they’ll last
longer, and make the whole experience MUCH easier.
styptic/stylus pencil. It’s one of those things men use to stop
the bleeding when they shave too close. There is also a similar
product which is available at pet stores to stop bleeding. Try
the bird section if you don’t see one in the dog section.
piece of nylon rope large enough to wrap around the dog’s muzzle
and tie behind the head, and soft enough that it won’t irritate
person to help you
your dog is a “biter,” it’s best to muzzle him or her for the experience.
This can be done simply by using a soft piece of nylon cord that
you wrap around his or her muzzle, and tie under the dog’s chin,
then wrap around his or her head and secure tightly behind the ears.
Don’t worry, it won’t be on long.
your dog has never had his or her nails cut, then its likely the
sound of the nail clippers causing his or her wariness, as well
as the discomfort he or she can sense in you. To help this, try
and portray as much confidence to your dog as possible.
someone strong enough to hold the dog to help you. The helper should
hold the dog by hugging him or her close, with one arm under the
belly, holding the closest front leg just above the elbow, and arm
over the dog’s back, placing a hand under the dog’s chin to keep
his or her head in the air. The holder should speak to the dog,
saying familiar, calming phrases.
nails are different colored. Look for a white nail. Look at it carefully,
and notice the line of pink that shows in the middle of the nail.
This is called the quick. Do not cut the quick. It will bleed, and
it’s very painful, like cutting your own nails too short. With black
nails, it’s harder to find the quick, so don’t take chances; just
cut off the tip.
more you trim your dog’s nails, the further back the quick will
become. It’s good to keep a routine of taking the tips off about
once per month.
a nail start to bleed, use the stylus/styptic pencil, on it, or
apply pressure until the bleeding stops.