Trimming your dog’s nails can be intimidating for both the dog and the owner. However, it doesn’t have to be. Trimming nails can be an easy, stress-free process by following the steps below:
Starting the process early in your puppy’s life can make trimming their nails so much easier. By doing so, your pup will get used to you trimming their nails, making them much calmer by the time their adults. When you start, keep in mind that your puppy is scared and unsure of what you’re doing. Reassure them and be confident. The more confident you feel about what you are doing the more at ease your puppy will feel.
Get the proper trimming equipment
Having the proper equipment will make you feel more confident in your nail trimming. There are plenty of nail trimmers out on the market, but single bladed cutters that work like a guillotine are best for small breeds. After all, you are going through smaller nails and do not need as much force. While you are purchasing your trimmers also purchase styptic powder. This is a coagulant that will stop the bleeding if you trim the nail too short.
Make small cuts
The reason people are so afraid of trimming nails is because of cutting the quick–a vein inside of the nail. If you cut too short and nick the quick, your puppy will bleed. To avoid this, make small cuts until you get the hang of it. In light colored nails you will see the quick, but dark nails you cannot see it. In dark nails cut right above where the nail starts to curve. The more you trim nails the shorter the quick will be.
Cutting the nails
To cut the nails hold you puppy close and hold the paw firmly. Place your thumb on top of the paw and fingers underneath to spread out the claws. With a short quick motion clip each nail. To remove sharp edges use and emery board.