We’ve all been there. Your dog’s nails have gotten too long and it’s time for a trim. After all, you don’t want your pup scratching himself too hard, clawing up your beloved couch, or hurting you! Clipping your dog’s nails can instill stress in you and your dog. Take a deep breath, relax, and read on. We’ve got a guide on how to cut your dog’s nails painlessly.
How do you know when it’s time for a trim?
There is no golden rule. It depends on your dog’s breed and activity levels. Some dogs’ nails naturally wear down from running on hard surfaces so they can go longer between trimmings. Most dogs need to get their nails clipped on a range of once a week to once a month.
What are the best dog nail clippers to use?
There are several types of dog nail clippers to choose from. You can experiment with what works best for you and your pup.
No matter what tool you choose, take some time to ensure that your dog doesn’t associate it with a fearful or stressful experience. Allow your dog to sniff the clipper or grinder and get familiar with it. If you’re using clippers, help your dog get used to the noise by clipping it by him and praising him when he stays calm.
How to cut your dog’s nails painlessly
If you’re a new dog owner, have a vet or dog groomer show you their technique. This will help you learn how to use the nail clippers and see how short to trim the nails.
Ready to go for it on your own? Here’s a step-by-step walk through.
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