Clip a dog’s nails – here’s how you do it
What should you consider when cutting the dog’s nails and how often should the nails be cut? We will walk you through the process step by step.
Steps to clip your dog’s nails
- Choose claw pliers/claw scissors that are appropriate for the dog’s size.
- Choose a time when the dog is relaxed.
- Hold the dog’s paw so you can see the nails clearly. The quick is visible if your dog has light-coloured nails.
- Cutting a bit at a time will help you avoid nicking the quick.
- Remember dew claws sit higher on the dog’s front legs. Some dogs may have dew claws on both their front and hind legs.
- Give your pet lots of praise and rewards, it is important to make nail clipping a positive experience for your pet.
How often should you cut your dog’s nails?
If you have an older dog, or if the dog is still warming up to the idea of having their nails clipped and finds it unpleasant and does not want his nails clipped, it may be a good idea to split the claw clipping into several occasions.
If you have an older dog, you may need to clip their nails frequently, they may need nail clipping done every two to three weeks. Young active dogs generally wear their nails down themselves, but it is important to check the dew claws at least once a month. If your dog is still getting used to having their nails clipped and finds it stressful or unpleasant, it may be a good idea to split the claw clipping into several occasions.