If your dog is anything like mine, they hate getting their nails trimmed. For a while, I tried to do it myself, which led to an hour-long wrestling match each time. Then I tried just letting the vet or groomer do it. But those bills piled up quick. Surely, there must be some information out there on how to trim your dog’s nails.
After much searching, some of the best tips and tricks are compiled below. Watch the video to learn how to trim your dog’s nails in the most stress-free way possible, for both you and your best furry friend.
Why is it So Hard to Trim Dog’s Nails?
Dogs often respond negatively to their nails being trimmed due to past experiences. If a dog has been hurt before during a nail trim, it’s said that they will remember it. All nail trimming sessions in the future will likely be a battle with your pooch.
They may not have been seriously injured during the painful nail trim, but if you’ve ever heard your poor pup squeal in pain only to see blood dripping on the ground right after, they’ll remember it. This happens when you’ve cut too close to the dog’s quick (the blood vessel that runs through your dog’s nails).
Additionally, if you’ve ever yanked their leg too hard without meaning to, they’re programmed to remember that pain.
Why is Nail Trimming So Important for Dogs?
Trimming your dog’s nails is about more than just aesthetic. When a dog’s nails grow too long, it can be dangerous for them. The American Kennel Club states that health hazards of letting your dog’s nails get too long include:
- The inability for them to get proper traction on the floor when walking.
- Deformed feet.
- Injured muscles and tendons.
As a general rule, if your dog’s nails are touching the ground, they need a trim.