Do you find it difficult to keep your dog’s nails trimmed?
This practice is often unappreciated by pets since we don’t always take the time to perform it properly.
Here are some suggestions for making this process a fun experience for everyone!
The “whys” and “hows” of nail clipping.
Cutting your dog’s nails is necessary for their comfort, and it should be done once a month on average.
However, keep in mind that how often your dog’s nails should be cut is influenced by their age and medical condition.
Furthermore, if your dog is active, some of their nails may wear out more quickly, requiring you to clip them less frequently.
What should I do if my dog refuses to let me trim his nails?
There are ways to make nail trimming less difficult.
Use a different model of nail clipper or a Dremel instead of a clipper to desensitize your dog to it.
If a dog is highly aggressive and you’re scared they’ll bite you, the best place to start is with your primary veterinarian.
There are five dog nail cutting tricks that genuinely work to keep you and your dog calm during the procedure.
- Touch your dog’s paws on a regular basis.
- Remove your dog’s aversion to nail clippers.
- Properly holding your dog for nail clipping
- Select the appropriate nail-cutting tools.
- Trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis.
- To remove rough edges from your dog’s nails, file them.
I’ll go over each of these dog nail clipping techniques in detail below.
How to Cut a Dog’s Nails in 6 Easy Steps
1. Take the first step. Touch your dog’s paws on a regular basis.
Many dogs’ paws are extremely sensitive, which makes nail trimming tough.
When a dog’s paw is touched, they may bite or snarl.
If that’s the case, progressively increase your contact with their paws.
Some individuals feel that betting their upper legs and then continuing the pet all the way down to their paws is a good way to go.
This allows them to become accustomed to your handling of them, and they will be less stressed if you abruptly hold them to do their nails.
It’s also one of the most significant tips for efficiently clipping dog nail.
As your dog becomes more accustomed to you caressing their paws, you can simply hold their paw in your lap.
Pet your dog and rub the pads of each foot.
The important thing is to keep calm. Your dog will pick up on your emotional cues.
And if you keep your cool, they’re much more inclined to do the same.
You may also use a homemade paw wax to help your dog get comfortable to having his paws touched.
This wax will maintain their paws in good condition and protect them from heat and cold.
They’ll grow to like spending time with you.
2. Getting Your Dog Used to the Clippers
Once your dog is used to you playing with their paws, you can even keep your clippers close (but not for the first couple of sessions).
This helps your dog’s mind relax by breaking unpleasant connections with the clippers.
3. Choosing the Best Nail Cutting Tools for Dogs
The dog nail clipper you choose is significantly more important than you would believe.
Some nail cutters or nail trimmer are simply more stressful for dogs and humans alike.
Some are simply easier to use.
4. How to Hold a Dog While Clipping His Nails
Most people confine their dogs to prevent them from “fidgeting,” and I used to do the same thing.
But this form of hold will make your dog much more stressed!
The greatest thing you can do is hold your dog lightly in your lap, as if you were just patting them.
Clipping your dog’s nails has never been easier.
Your dog will not be bothered by being restrained and will not flinch when his paw is picked up!
If you use the desensitizing tip in the “touch your dog’s paws often” section, this will work even better.
5. Determine how often you should clip your dog’s nails.
You should cut your dog’s nails far more frequently than you might believe.
Most people postpone it as long as they can because they don’t want to traumatize their dogs, pay for a professional, or simply avoid the fuss.
However, if you follow our other suggestions, the entire process will be stress-free.
And there’s another huge advantage to trimming more frequently!!
The goal is to cut more nails per session while clipping less each time.
I can’t emphasize this enough – it’s one of the most critical methods for successfully and painlessly trimming a dog’s nails.
Although it may appear that you’re adding to your workload, there are a few advantages to clipping frequently.
But the best part is that you can practically chase the quick back from the nail’s edge!
The fast fades as the nail grows shorter… but only if you take a small amount each time.
Clipping the quick a little at a time enables it to keep moving out of the way of the clippers, making it even less probable that you’ll clip it the following time!
This is, without a doubt, my favorite step.
But there’s one more thing I’d like to share!
6. File the Rough Edges Off the Dog’s Nails
I don’t know about you, but I find that the rough edges left over from nail trimming are a major pain.
I’m constantly scratched.
However, you can smooth those rough edges with a nail grinder, much like an emery board!
It can also be compared to a rotary emery board.
Some create a small amount of noise, which might be distressing to your dog until they become accustomed to it.
The best part is that all you have to do is switch it on, place your nail on the revolving pad for a few seconds, then remove it.
Everything is in order! No more scrapes and scars from overly long, rough nails.
For a happier dog with healthier nails, follow these guidelines.
You’ll also save a lot of money because you won’t have to pay a professional to cut them for you!
What Is the Difference Between Puppy Nail Clipping and Human Nail Clipping?
You can clip a puppy’s nails using the same five methods.
It works just as well — especially if you handle their paws first, as instructed in step 1.
For most puppies, I recommend using dog nail scissors or a nail grinder.
If You Clip the Quick, What Should You Do?
You’ve clipped the quick if you’ve ever clipped your dog’s nails and they bled.
It hurts if you clip the quick, which is the section of the nail that contains the blood vessels.
If you do clip the quick, let the blood clot before using styptic powder or a styptic pencil.
These should be in your DIY dog first aid kit at all times.
You can also apply pressure to the nail for 2 minutes or so with an absorbent towel or bandage.
Once the bleeding has stopped, make sure to wash and bandage the damaged area to avoid your dog from licking it and becoming infected.
Summary of Do-It-Yourself Dog Nail Clipping
Following these five “tricks,” most people can effectively cut their dog’s nails at home.
Touch your dog’s paws on a regular basis.
Choose the best dog nail cutting equipment for the job.
To trim your dog’s nail, make sure you hold him in the proper position.
Nail trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis.
To remove rough edges from your dog’s nails, file them.
I used to despise trimming my dog’s nails, but with these tips, it’s now a breeze. I’m not sure I’ll ever enjoy it, but learning how to do it on my own has saved me time and money.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Make an effort to time your dog’s nail trimming with her bath.
Bathing your dog’s nails before clipping them softens them, making them easier to clip and less likely to splinter.
Cleaning your pet’s fur with a massaging stroke will relax her and make her more docile for a nail clipping.
Benadryl: When your pet is apprehensive about having its nails clipped, this moderate antihistamine sedative can assist.
Melatonin pills might help your dog relax by regulating his or her biological clock. Natural Sedation Methods:
Natural relaxants include California poppy, chamomile, rosemary, and valerian.
Only the tip of the nail should be clipped straight across.
Include the dewclaws, which are placed on the paw’s inner side.
If you clip past the bend of the nail, you run the danger of hitting the quick (the pink area of the nail that contains the blood vessels). There’s a nick there, and it hurts and bleeds.