Trimming a dog’s nails can be a daunting task, but learning how to do this quick task proficiently is not only good for your dog’s health, it can also save you time and money.
Why do I need to cut the dog’s nails?
Then why cut the dog’s nails in the first place?
Surprisingly, this is not for decorative reasons. One of the biggest reasons dogs need to trim their nails on a regular basis is that long nails not only cause pain for the dog but also cause postural problems and may lead to injuries.
Unless your dog is very active and walks on sidewalks or hard surfaces for long periods of time every day, and these surfaces will work like nail files, their nails may need to be trimmed several times a month.
If left unattended, longer and longer nails will start to cause pain in the dog’s toe joints. Walking on surfaces such as hardwood floors can become difficult and painful. If you hear the sound of a dog’s nails on a hardwood floor, it means that the floor is in danger of scratching and your dog may feel pain. This pain is caused by the reverberation of every step from the floor to the toe joint.
The ancestors of our dogs naturally wear their nails in the wild. When they walk on a flat surface, their nails will not touch the ground. When they run uphill, the position of their claws will change, and the nails will act as a gripping mechanism during their ascent. After years of running, hunting, and climbing in the wild, the dog’s brain has evolved into the association of pushing nails into the ground as a clue on the uphill surface.
If your dog’s nails are long and pushed into the flat ground like the floor of a house, the result is that the dog’s posture changes when the forelegs lean forward, and the distribution of weight will cause the hind limbs to move closer to each other. This posture change can cause joints to become too tight, which can lead to premature arthritis or injury.
Finally, in extreme cases, when a dog’s nails are not trimmed for a long time, they can become very painful adult nails.
The tools you need
So, now that you know why your dog needs Mani-pedi once a week or every two weeks, what will you need? Here are the tools you should have:
- Nail trimmers, such as nail clippers or Dremel
- Condensed powder (just in case)
If your dog is accustomed to using electronic nail files, you can choose this option because it eliminates the opportunity to cut the dog quickly (more on this later).
Once you get used to trimming your dog’s nails, you don’t have to worry about cutting your dog quickly. But for beginners, you need to be extra careful. If you cut too far and your nails start to bleed, the presence of coagulated powder nearby will turn the panic into a manageable moment, and it will heal quickly.
Although the Dremel trimmer does eliminate the possibility of cuts, it is not as fast as using a scissor or guillotine trimmer, and it may tick the dog, making it an unreliable choice. If you ultimately want to choose between the guillotine or the scissor style, we recommend the scissor style because the trimmer of the guillotine can pull the dog’s nails.
How to get your dog used to pruning
Dogs have a variety of receptors and nerves at the end of their paws, which makes them less likely to be willing to hand over each paw-like in a salon. When you approach the dog with a pair of scissors, you are already engaged in a hard fight, which is their bad intention.
To prevent your dog from being scared every time the trimmer comes out, try to perform different actions and give your dog a treat after each care. E.g. You can take the trimmer to the dog’s paw without actually cutting anything, and then treat. You can also try to trim with the click sound before handing out another treat. If you do enough, your dog will start thinking about “treatment time!” every time the trimmer comes out.
During the first week of using the new trimmer, you can regularly enhance the positive effects of your dog, and then move on to the next step and actually trim your nails.
How to use the trimmer
Professional tips from our team member Kyle:
“When trimming the dog’s nails, I found a useful technique is to put Ava on the bed or sofa, let Ava lean between her legs, and put her head on her feet. In this position, she can feel both The safety between the legs allows me to easily operate the trimmer and claws.
This position also has the advantage of being able to see under her paws. Looking at her paws from this perspective allows me to easily see and avoid cutting her quickly. Holding the claw with one hand to maintain stability, I can easily trim above the sharp knife with the other hand, and then quickly move to the next nail. ”
If your dog doesn’t like turning over on his back like Ava, try to let his dog sit or lie down in a comfortable place, such as a dog bed. You can sit next to them, or if they are small enough, you can pick them up, leaving you free to handle their paws and body. Finding the ideal nail trimmer and positioner may require trial and error, but once the best position is found, the whole process becomes much easier.
Remember, resting between paws or the dog starting to wriggle is not a bad thing! Especially at the beginning, take more rest to enhance the positive results, which can keep your dog calm and lead to successful pruning in the future.
Of course, you can use a variety of techniques to trim your dog’s nails. The key is to find a method that works for you and your dog.
How to shrink quickly
The main enemy of nail trimming is the soft, spongy “quick” nails, which look a lot like the veins under the nails. If you cut with a dresser, the quick cleaner will start bleeding, and it will be difficult to stop if the powder does not coagulate.
If you let your dog’s nails grow too long, then it will be done soon. This means that you only have so many nails to trim before you can get started.
The only way to shrink quickly is to trim the dog’s nails more frequently. The nerve endings at the end of the quick nails naturally appear to shrink further under the nails to provide protection, so the more nails trimmed, the faster the quick nails retreat.
Save time and money while keeping your dog happy and healthy!
We have introduced you to the benefits of constantly trimming dog nails and provide you with some tips to make you more confident in performing this task. If you are still on the fence, please try! If you don’t want to trim your dog’s nails, that’s okay! Remember, nail trimming is more than just nails, it is also related to your dog’s daily comfort and long-term health. Taking your dog to the veterinarian for nail trimming once a month is a safe and wise choice for nail trimming at home.