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Nail clipping or trimming is an important part of taking care of your dog. It’s because by cutting their nails you prevent your pooch from harming itself, excess accumulation of bacteria and dirt, and scratching you, the other people in your home as well as the furniture and the floor. While some owners have a hard time doing this, others find it easier. The secret is to know how to trim your dog’s nails.
So, how to do it?
Here are a few things that can help you have a more pleasant nail trimming experience as well as some tricks you can use.
Choose the Right Dog Nail Clipper
The nail clipper you use plays a major role in the nail trimming process. There are two types of clippers – manual and electric. Most owners use the traditional, scissor-like of guillotine clippers because they are familiar with, being similar to our nail clippers. Of course, you can opt for electric nail grinders if you find them better for your dog. Regardless of which type of clipper you choose, make sure it suitable for the size of your dog. Also, check its features and make sure it has great, positive, user reviews.
Calm Down Your Dog
All dogs hate having their nails cut. But, some seem to be more stressed out and nervous than the others. If your pooch reacts more and seems distressed, first, you need to calm them down. To do this, you can show them the clipper you will use and how it works so they don’t panic when you cut their nails. In case you are using an electric nail grinder, turn it on in front of the dog so they can get used to the sound.
No matter which type of clipper you use, it’s a good idea to try and cut your dog’s nails after a walk or whenever they feel less upset. Cut their nails slowly, one by one so they don’t feel pressured. And, don’t forget to reward them with a treat for their good behavior and patience during and after the process.
Also, it’s helpful to train your dog from an early age (as puppy) on having their nails cut. It’s because they more comfortable they feel with the process, the easier it will be.
Cut the Nails to the Right Length
You have to be careful while cutting your dog’s nails so that you don’t over-cut them. If you do, your pooch will be in pain and may even cause bleeding from their nails as the nerves are placed there.
In order to prevent this from happening, you should look for the place where the tips and quick meet and cut there. If you’re not sure, cut less. In that way, you will cut their nails (although not enough) but won’t harm them.
If your dog has black nails, it’s best to buy a nail clipper with a guard. In this way, you’ll be able to see the meeting point of the quick and the “safe zone” and will cut the nail to the right length.
And, if you still over-cut their nails and they start bleeding, don’t panic. Put a styptic powder to stop the flow and celebrate the bravery of your dog with some funny dance or movements, and, of course, a reward.
Other Tricks for Easier Nail Trimming
- Keep your clippers clean and sharp to ensure a fast and hygienic process.
- Trim your dog’s nails every two weeks, so they get used to it.
- Soften their nails (especially the old and thick ones) in the bath before cutting them. This will make the process easier and will allow for a clean cut.
- Make sure to finish their nails to smooth to prevent scratches and rips. This is much easier to do with electric nail grinders.
- Have fun! Show you enjoy trimming your dog’s nails and your dog will enjoy it as well.
Trimming your dog’s nails doesn’t have to be a hard job both of you hate. Actually, it can be a pleasant experience for, both, you and your dog. You just need to have the right equipment, especially when it to the nail clipper because it’s the most important tool of all. Also, you have to make sure your dog is calm before you start the process. Moreover, you should trim your dog’s nails slowly and carefully so that you don’t over-cut them. And, don’t forget to have fun!
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