How to Clip Your Dog’s Nails
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It won’t be your favorite activity together, but learning how to clip your dog’s nails is essential knowledge for any pup owner. Groomers can certainly handle this responsibility, but most dogs need their nails trimmed much more often than you’ll be visiting.
Unless your dog is regularly running on hard surfaces, they could need you to clip their nails as often as once per week. But it’s not as difficult as it may seem, and with the proper tools and knowledge, you’ll both be fine!
Before beginning, you should make sure that you have nail clippers made for dogs — not humans. If you’ve got those in hand, let’s get to the instructions, or you can go straight to the dog nail clipping how to video at the end of the article.
How to Cut Your Dog’s Nails
If your dog is particularly anxious or restless, take them for a walk or play for 5 to 10 minutes before beginning these steps. This will help to calm and relax them before you get started trimming their nails.
- Hold your dog’s paw still with a gentle grip, and push their fur back if needed.
- Take a close look at your dog’s nails. You’ll be cutting starting from the tip and finishing before you reach the vein (or “quick”).
- If your dog has clear nails, you’ll probably be able to see the vein. Stop clipping before you reach this point or your dog will bleed. If your dog is older or it’s been a while since their nails have been cut, the vein will tend to be longer.
- Be cautious and patient. Take only a very small amount off at a time. This way, if you hit your dog’s vein it will not bleed much.
Stop Dog’s Nails from Bleeding
- If your dog does bleed, the most effective method to stop it is a specially made product called Kwik Stop.
- Apply by pouring a little bit in the cap, or spreading some on your fingers and applying directly to the nail. You can also use household products like flour or cornstarch, though these won’t work quite as well.
Dog Nail Clipping Video
Hopefully this has given you all the knowledge you need to clip your dog’s nails without any problems. Just remember to go slow until you’ve got the hang of things and to use the proper tools. Oh, and be sure to pin this in case you need to watch the video again later!