How to Clip Dog Nails

Dog How to Clip Dog Nails

This is a difficult task for many people and it shouldn't be! I'll be the first to admit that since my dog's nails are all black and I can't tell where the quick is, it's not the most fun task! However with some of these helpful tips, I found an easier way to get my dog's nail trimming out of the way, quick, easy and painless!

Trimming Light Colored Nails
Light colored nails are the easiest to trim simply for the fact that you can see the quick.

The "quick" is the blood vessel that runs through the toenail. It stops part of the way down the nail. The rest of the nail is hollow. (This is where you cut.) With light colored nails you can see a pinkish or purplish tint that stops part of the way down the nail. This is the quick.

Cut just in front of this and you'll be fine! Make sure to stay about an 1/8th of an inch in front of the quick to avoid pinching, or sensitivity. Voila! All done! Make sure to reward your pooch with a treat because for many dogs nail trimming is not a happy experience. Dinovite's NubOnubs are a great all natural 100% all beef freeze dried treat that are great for keeping up your sleeve for times like this!

Alternatives to Nail Clipping

For those of you who're faint of heart and cannot clip your dog's nails, but do not have the cash to throw at a groomer, there are pet nail sanding devices made to sand your pet's nails down in a few seconds. These can be a bit pricey, however, once you own one it can save you trips to the vet or groomers.

Remember: Attitude is is everything! Take this task on with confidence and love. Pets can read simple body language. You must convey to your pet that this is good for them. Dogs and cats can pick up on a negative vibe. Be a little excited because you know, dogs love to see their owners happy and pleased with them.

All in all I hope this helps, I know it helped me! :)

*All information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the expert advice of a veterinarian or veterinary practitioner.