How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails. Pedicures aren’t just for pampered pooches—your
dog is descended from wolves, but her nails don’t have the chance to wear down as they
would in the wild. A regular clipping every three or four weeks
will save her from painful ingrown nails and sore paws. You will need A sturdy table or counter A
towel Dog nail clippers Tissues Styptic powder or cornstarch 1-inch-wide emery board A helper
and dog treats. Step 1. Check to see if your dog’s nails need clipping. You shouldn’t hear her nails clicking against
a hard floor when she walks. If there’s clicking, it’s time for a clipping. Step 2. Your dog probably won’t enjoy this procedure,
so she’s likely to require some form of restraint. Hold her in your lap, or spread a towel on
a sturdy table or counter and place the dog on top. Stand on the side of the table opposite the
nails you’ll be trimming and lean over her, so you can hold her down with your body, if
necessary. If your dog is large or very wriggly, it may
help to have a second person hold her while you do the clipping. Step 3. Holding one paw gently but firmly, clip the
tip of the nail. Clip from underneath, holding the clippers
at a slight angle in keeping with the curve of the nail. Step 4. Be careful to avoid the blood vessels and
nerves that run through a dog’s nail, called the quick. If you cut into the quick, it will cause pain
and bleeding. If your dog’s nail is white, you can see the
pinkish quick, so it’s easy to avoid. If your dog has black nails, snip a little
bit at a time until, when looking at the nail in cross-section, you can see a darker dot
in the middle. Step 5. If you cut into the quick, place a tissue
over the nail and apply pressure until it stops bleeding—or try dipping the nail into
styptic powder or cornstarch. It’s unlikely that the bleeding will continue
for longer than 5 to 7 minutes, but if it does, or if the blood is spurting, call your
vet. Step 6. Don’t forget to trim the dewclaws, located
slightly behind the paw on the inner part of the leg. Some breeds have more than one pair on their
hind legs. Step 7. If your dog still has some patience left,
it’s a good idea to use an emery board to lightly file the nails smooth. Step 8. Praise your dog lavishly before you let her
go. That way she’ll come to associate these beauty
treatments with extra attention from her owner! Did you know Many companies now sell doggie
nail polish—it’s safe for pet nails, requires only one coat, and dries quickly to keep squirmy
dogs from smearing it on the furniture.

100 thoughts on “How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

  1. i need to cut my dogs nails they are clicking the the floor but she is so wriggly. she hates it and shes a small dog. i usually take her to the groomers but they have a very hard time also to cut her nails and give her a haircut.

  2. 1. Yes, it was clearly fake blood. Calm down, PETA.

    2. Cutting into the quick, while unpleasent, doesn't always hurt. It depends on the dog. Some will scream their heads off while others don't even notice. More often than not, the one who is screaming is just overreacting because they don't like the whole process in general.

    3. Sometime it's necessary to cut slightly into the quick, of the nail is very overgrown. The longer the nail, the longer the quick will be.

  3. my dogs are terrible and my helper holds the dog on his lap like you hold a baby. the dogs scream and trash like the're foot is in a bear trap. the one goes to bite. i need knockout drops for this

  4. This lady is should NEVER trim nails while holding your dog like that..most dogs arent very tolerant of getting nails clipped..if your dog doesnt like getting nails trimmed and you hold them like her you will PROBABLY get bit..several times

  5. @kuwaizair hahahaha me toooo. omg and i have a HUGE akita and she hates it and she bites and fights so what i had to end up doing was waiting until she was in a deep sleep and pounce on her with the clippers. so i only get one nail done at a time 🙁 i need major laughing gas or something

  6. NEVER hold a dog down, when trimming its nails. If the dog does not like to have its nail trimmed and you hold the dog down, it will never trust you to have its nails trimmed again. Use treats and lots of them.. 🙂

  7. @MintoToffee Maybe that would work in a perfect world, but in my experience, it doesn't. No amount of treats can distract them from someone messing with their feet.

  8. Uh, cutting the quick is sooo annoying!! i did today with my puppy she bled 4 like 10 minutes EVERYWHERE!! omgg… shes big to but very sweet and obedient, but it went SPURTRINGG *shudder will not go thru that again

  9. Could you please tell the brand name, type, model, or where you found them? I have looked the internet over and don't see one like it yet.
    BTW, very excellent video. You did great!

  10. thanks a bunch! i have a 9-yr-old scottie and though i groom her myself, i have always been afraid to try clipping her nails… watched this and did it and it worked like a charm! 🙂

  11. wow reading the comments scare me….poor dogs…..please take your pet to a professional if u cant do this…….if u must do it yourself…please becareful….and only cut the tips….cutting further up u will cut a vein in thier nail!!

  12. I wish this were that simple. My dog hasn't had his nails clipped in years, and he growls at me if i try to take his paw. I'm kinda scared for him as i saw him slightly limping a week ago. I'm too embarrassed to take him to a groomer because he's not that social. Any suggestions?

  13. @arcjustice
    If your afraid he willl bight you, buy a muzzle. ( the thing that prevents them from biting and barking and all that really great stuff.) then try to clip his nails. If that doesnt work…just take him to the vet or a groomer..they know how to handle dogs. Dont be embarrassed! Tons of dogs are like that! Hope this helps some!

  14. @arcjustice In years?! Where does your dog live? Don't be embarrassed to bring him to a groomer, that's what they're there for. You just tell them that you need your dogs nails trimmed and they take him and put him on the table and he's done in like 5 mins! I worked for a groomer and there were many owners who had nervous dogs but it's very simple and quick!

  15. i use a dremel (spinning "rock" that grinds down the nail) and my dog isn't scared of it at all. he just lies there with his eyes closed. i used to use dog nail clippers but he was waaay too effing scared of them

  16. Psh, video should be called "How to trim a lap dog's nails" My dog is a black lab mixed with bernese mountain dog, he hates his feet being touched, i had to take him to the vet and it took 12 people to hold him down to clip his nails..

  17. She cut her dog just to demonstrate why you use the powder? That's fucked. I would rather do this myself. Yes I knew about doggy nail polish. its gay.

  18. make a video about how to trim your dogs balls
    after you trim them put them in your mouth to test the trimming
    just sayin

  19. That dog acts like nothing is going on. My dog bites and wiggles everywhere so we can never cut his nails 🙁

  20. My sis has a white puddle mix Not the annoying original puddles mines don't bark at ppl he like to play fetch too much

  21. If they get enough exercise and also play time on asphalt works great too they only need the dew claws clipped.When they get old and less active you need to clip all the nails and that becomes more n more but then you do it when they`re already drugged from another procedure …in other words,if your dog ever has to be anesthetized get it`s nails cut then when it`s zonked out.

  22. I let the vet do the nails on my dogs with black nails. I can do the "white" ones since I can see the "quick' in those nails. I have 4 dogs, so we consider their needs. If your dog has black nails, then be very careful about what you do. You can hurt your baby very badly.

    DOGS RULE. They protect us, so don't hurt them unnecessarily. Take them to the vet if you don't feel adequate to do this properly. They LOVE us so much, so return that love.

  23. My dog would sooner take my hand off than let me clip his nails but I still clip him. You really shouldn't run a dog on concrete as if it wears his claws down think about what it may do to his pads! I tried this for just a few minutes after a friend suggested it and my poor dogs pads looked like someone had took an angle grinder to them. I still feel the guilt to this day! Sorry Spike:(

  24. You'r not supposed to clip their nails because they got soft tissue within the nail ur supposed to just shave them down

  25. I adopted an older dog ( Going on an estimated thirteen years or so for a breed that has an average life span of eight ), and his nails are all too long. He is tame enough that I can hold his paws and everything, but no matter how small of a piece i try to clip off at a time, he cries out in pain as if I clipped in to his quick. One of his nails is so long that it has made him start to limp, so I know it has to be dealt with… Do I clip the quick and let him get over the pain?

  26. I thought this was a really good informative video UNTIL I heard about dog nail polish. What a fucking joke, get a grip, they're animals not accessories!! Anyone who paints their dogs nails need a slap!!

  27. Not to mention all of the animal testing that goes on with cosmetics and then you want to apply it to animals because you think it will look cute! Makes me sick, fucking air heads!

  28. I cant trim my dogs nails enough so they wont click when she walks without cutting into the quick and making them bleed a little bit.

  29. Thank you for contributing. Good thing we have perfect people around, much like yourself, to help us in this life or death situation of your / you're.

  30. This style of movie is why I relax and watch Youtube. I usually laugh really hard. HOWEVER the large majority of families are slowly and gradually KILLING their pet dogs… The crap commercial dog food companies use in pet food brings about cancerous cells and tends to make dogs die early. I came to understand the challenging way when my doggy passed away aged 5. If you have a dog and you want to conserve its life then it’s vital to take a look at Double Life Dog Diet (Use Google.)

  31. Easy said then done! You have a small dog right there. I have a 40+ Ib Boxer mix. She's a sweet, sweet girl though and I don't know how she'll react when I trim her nails.

    I don't plan on taking her to any professionals because she'll bark and bark at them and she'll be scared. She's only use to my scent and my family's scent, so I'm gonna have to take the chance and trim her nails.

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