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Nail trimming in dogs, called a pedicure, can be done simply if you know how. If you've never used dog nail clippers before, they can seem a bit intimidating, so just imagine how your dog feels! Always test the clippers first to ensure the blades are in proper working order. Regardless of the clipper style, use a firm grip on the clippers and use your fingers to separate the dog's toes and make the whole process easier. One great tip to make clipping your dog's nails easier is to get him used to the nail clippers before actually clipping anything. Do this by holding the clippers near his feet and nails. Praise and treat the dog. Keep doing this about 10-15 times before you stop. On another day, do the same process except this time squeeze the clippers so they make a sound. Continue praising and treating for about 15 times before ending the session. Now, when it's time to clip the dog's nails, they will be used to the clipper and the sound it makes. First, it is a good idea to have a vet tech, veterinarian or dog groomer show you how to trim nails first. Then, once you have an idea of what not to do you will be more successful in getting the job done. Keep in mind if you have a nervous pup that you don't have to trim all their nails at once, you can do them a few at a time if needed. Not all dogs need their nails trimmed, either. Many will naturally wear the nails down, or the dried ends of the nails will simply flake away without you even knowing. But some breeds, notoriously Bassets and Dachshunds, may need our help in keeping the toe nails reasonably short. Depending on the breed and size of your dog, you'll need to clip its nails anywhere from once per week to once per month. On occasion, you may cut a nail too short. If this does occur, have some clotting powder or solution to stop the bleeding. It's a lifesaver! Need more tips? Look below for a visual guide ... Image: / via Flickr
Taking your dog to a pet groomer is the easiest way to cut your dog's nails, because you don't actually have to do anything. While they can be expensive, if your dog's nail-cutting needs are infrequent, groomers are good options. Make sure your pet groomer is a qualified professional who has extensive experience cutting different dog breeds' toenails. In the event your dog is injured, pet groomers will have the necessary resources to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and adequately bandage the wound.
A Stress-Free Way For Trimming Your Dog's Toenails
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One of the easiest ways to cut a dog’s nails is to give her something to keep her occupied while you work. A Kong or other hollow toy stuffed with something that is beyond delicious such as steak, hamburger, peanut butter, turkey, or cream cheese can often be enough to get your dog to relax and ignore what you are doing. A real bone, a chew toy, or any extra special treat may also do the trick. Let her have it long enough for her to get really involved with it before you even bring out your clippers. Make sure that she gets this same kind of special treat at other times so that she doesn’t get anxious and think, “Uh-oh, here come the clippers!” whenever the Kong appears.Before you start trimming your dog’s nails, let your dog get used to you handling his paws. A few days before you start cutting dog nails, practice holding your dog on your lap — or on a table if the dog is bigger than average — and gently hold each paw in your hands, pressing gently. Make it a gentle, loving activity, and you should reward your dog with a little treat each time he lets you handle his paws without trying to resist you. The next step is to simply pick up the nail clippers, show them to your dog and then automatically reward the dog with a treat. This way, the dog first sees the clippers as a positive thing that results in a reward. Half an hour before trimming dog nails, take him outside to relieve himself, offer some water to drink and a little doggie treat. Keep extra treats aside to reward them after you’re done trimming. Sometimes the activity of trimming dog nails can make a high-strung pet feel more anxious, so you can help calm your pet by giving him a dose of a relaxing, herbal product like Stress Gold, made for situations your dog normally finds stressful or anxiety-provoking. Your dog only needs to take it about 30 minutes before you start trimming to feel more calm. You’ll need to be in a quiet room where you can focus and where you have good lighting to see the nails clearly. If your dog is small, then trimming your dog’s nails is often easiest and more relaxing for them when you hold your dog on your lap. Remember that if you act cool about the whole process, your dog is much more likely to remain at ease.