My dog's nails are too long - The Dog Forum

And, guess what? It’s not only you who hates when your dog’s nails are too long and loud.
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One way to find out if your dog's nails need a trim is by holding your dog's foot and gently pressing the toe to allow the the nail to extend fully. If the nail curves beyond the bottom of the toe pad, it means it is too long and it's time for a trim.
How short should a dog’s nails be? If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor at home, they are too long.
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If your dog’s nails have gotten too long, or you adopted a dog whose nails were too long, you need to really commit to frequent trimming to restore his foot health and comfort. Three to four days is probably the minimum amount of time that’s advisable between salon treatments that are intended to encourage the quicks to recede. Once a week is ideal if you want to gradually shorten your dog’s nails and eliminate all that clickety-clacking on your wood floors. And, depending on the rate at which your dog’s nails grow (and what sort of surface he exercises on) once or twice a month is a reasonable goal to maintain the nails at a healthy length. If you’ve ever let your own nails grow too long, you know how awkward it can feel. Don’t let your dog’s nails go Wolverine style!
Photo provided by FlickrQuick, look at your dog's feet. Are your pet's nails too long? Do you remember the last time you cut them? Are you dreading the next?
Photo provided by FlickrYou can usually tell by looking at your dog's paws that the nails appear too long from an esthetic standpoint.
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That’s the . Now for the and . Toe nail maintenance requires a trim - just like maintaining human fingernails. If you can hear nails click on your kitchen floor, they are much too long. But don’t despair— the technique shown here will make short work of getting your dog’s nails back to their correct shape. The concept is easy— trim around, never across the quick, which is actually your dog’s finger (Figure 1). Once the insensitive nail is thinned out, and not supporting the quick, the quick will dry up and recede, allowing more shortening. Each dog’s nails are different, but commonly, very long toenails become dry and cracked, with a clear separation of the living tissue and the insensitive nail. With the technique illustrated below, amazing things are possible.
Whether dogs like it or not, dogs (and puppies!) need their toenails cut regularly. Dog nails allowed to grow long may become ingrown or torn, and long dewclaws can pierce dogs’ feet. Dogs with long toenails struggle to walk on slippery floors and easily damage fabric and other soft items. If the nails grow too long it can even alter their gait and cause skeletal issues.Some dogs act like cutting their nails is their worst nightmare. This may be a learned behavior from their painful, overstimulated toes, which will slowly dissipate along with the pain once the nails are short. Use all your best restraint and behavior modification tricks to get through the initial phase, whether your dog is a squirmer or a drama queen. Start on the hind feet, because the nails tend to be a little shorter and less sensitive than the front. Good restraint is essential— you can’t make an accurate cut on a moving target. Get help if needed, and don’t hesitate to use a muzzle if your dog tries to intimidate you. Make nail trimming “quality time” you spend with your dog! Lots of kisses, lots of treats and a positive attitude go a long way! If you dread it, your dog will too, so learn how to be a good actor until you succeed in believing it can be loving for you both. If your dog loses patience quickly, try cutting one nail a day. As long as you keep the order of toes consistent, this will be a good maintenance schedule, giving every toe a trim every 16 days. Short toenails are critical to your dog’s health and soundness— Failure is Not an Option!
When you hear your dog’s nail click clacking as he walks across the floor or hard surface, it’s usually a sure sign that he’s ready to have them clipped. The general rule of thumb is to clip where the nail makes a defined curve down towards the floor. Don’t cut too far beyond that or you could snip the quick. Keep in mind that the longer you allow the nails to grow, the longer the quick may grow, as well.