How To Trim Dog’s Nails
Trimming your dog’s nails is a very important part of grooming your dog because long nails have a lot of bad consequences for your dog. You can take your dog to a professional, but you can also learn how to trim your dog’s nails yourself by reading this article.
When Do I Need To Trim My Dog’s Nails?
It’s best to trim your dog’s nails weekly. Trimming dog’s nails weekly is also really important for training too because if your dog is getting their nails done weekly, they’re not going to build up any fear of having their feet touched.
When properly trimmed, your dog’s toenails shouldn’t touch the ground when they’re standing still or when they’re walking. If you can hear your dog’s toenails touching the ground when they’re walking in your house, it’s time to trim their nails. Long nails can be very painful for your dog to walk on and because everything’s connected, long nails can affect your dog’s behavior. A dog’s nail that is too long can also snag the carpet, they can break, they can twist their toe and generally cause them a lot of pain. It can also injure you, a dog that likes to play really rough can leave you with scratches on your arms or even your face. So it’s really important to keep your dog’s nails really short and well trimmed.
One of the tricks for nail trimming is teaching the dog to play dead in your lap and that way, when you handle their feet they’re not looking at what you’re doing and the dog will be calm and relaxed while you’re trimming their nails. By having the dog upside down, it is much easier to see where the quick is.
What Is A Quick?
A quick is a little pink part inside the dog’s nail that you’re not supposed to cut. In the quick you have blood vessels and nerves and nobody really knows how far that nerve goes out in the nail. From underneath, it looks like a little horseshoe. On a nail that’s clear, it’s pink and it’s very obvious, you can’t miss it. On a nail that’s black, sometimes you can use a flashlight and shine it behind the nail to show where the quick is. Even if you still can’t see the quick, you need to guess. And with that, it’s safest to trim the nail back a little bit each week. That way you know you’re far away from the quick and it will keep receding with each cut. If you accidentally do hit the quick, you use styptic powder, it is formulated to help stop bleeding. You put some in your hand, place it on your fingertip and then place it on your dog’s nail. A home solution that you can use instead of styptic powder is flour. Just find some flour or some cornstarch around the kitchen and do the same thing. So we established that you definitely don’t want to cut the quick, but you can sand down the two little sides where you see dirt has collected. If your dog’s quicks are too long, you can get them to move back by cutting the dog’s nails on the sides. This way, you can chase back the quick and help your dog’s nails get shorter and more comfortable.
Trimming Your Dog’s Nails
It is best to use both a clipper and a dremel to cut your dog’s nails. First you clip them and then you smooth them out with the dremel. It’s important to be very careful around the quick and if you’re not too comfortable clipping near the quick, use a dremel to make your dog’s nails as short as possible. If you only have clippers of if your dog is still very scared of the dremel, take out tiny, little shavings of the nail at a time. A lot of dogs prefer when you cut off little shavings rather than when you cut off a huge chunk of nail. To dremel the nails, you first need to clip off the excess nail with the clippers and then you sand either side of the nail from the bottom to get rid of those edges where the dirt collects underneath. By holding the dog’s paw firmly and adding firm pressure with the dremel, it’s less ticklish for them. Then take strokes moving from the bottom of the nail to the top of the nail until the nail is completely smooth.