Clipping Nails: A How-To Guide for Puppies (and Dogs) | petMD

 Here’s a great video showing how you can get your dog used to the process of nail clipping:
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Nail trimming is a task most people hate because their dog gets distressed with the process but training can change that. When I adopted Willow, she was 5 years old and she did not like having her feet handled or her nails trimmed. If I picked up her foot she would whip it out of my hand and become stiff in anticipation of another attack to her beautiful limbs. For the sake of her health, I needed to teach Willow that clipping her nails was not a threat. In addition, I needed to teach her regardless of the pain she may have suffered in the past, that I was not going to hurt her when I clipped her nails. All this can occur through training.
Do you hear that clicking sound when your dog walks on a hard surface? That means he’s overdue for a nail clipping.
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Trimming A Small Dog’s Nails
I have a that hates to get his nails clipped. Pet store clerks have told me to use a file on his nails since they are so small. If I walk my dog daily, will that keep his nails short enough? There are a few things you can do to make your dog’s nail clipping day a pleasant and even enjoyable experience for both of you.
Photo provided by FlickrAn alternative to clippers is a dog nail grinder, which is a power toolwith an attachment. Dremel and Oster offers popular options.
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If you use a nail grinder rather than clippers, use the same method — hold your dog’s foot, turn on the grinder, and grind a little off each nail. It’s best to start teaching your dog to relax during nail trims when she's a puppy, but if you're dealing with an adult dog who already fears the process, it’s not too late to arrange a training intervention. There are different elements to trims that pets may dislike: being restrained, having a paw touched, the clipper sound and the feeling of a nail being clipped. In addition, a bad past experience — such as getting the quick clipped — can make future nail trims more difficult for you and your dog. A. Your dog isn’t alone in her distaste for . Many dogs cower or flee the room at the mere sight of clippers. The trim process can be even more of a struggle if the dog flails, growls or attempts to bite. Many pet parents opt out of trims altogether or defer trims to the groomer or veterinarian. But a fear of nail trims seldom goes away on its own and can actually increase in intensity as time goes on, making it difficult even for a professional to trim a frightened dog's nails without the help of an extra person, the use of a muzzle or, in severe cases, sedation.It is best to clip your puppy’s nails once a week, and only when using professional nail clippers that are designed for the shape of a dog’s nails (they are markedly different from human or cat nails). You may even want to ask another person to help you out the first few times. The other person can hold the puppy still while you clip the nails. As your puppy becomes accustomed to this kind of grooming, there will no longer be any need to restrain him.Most owners are apprehensive about clipping their dog’s nails, but if you begin doing this soon after you bring your puppy home, you will find it is very easy to do and you will get the puppy used to being still for this part of the grooming process so that it is not something to dread.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.