Many dog owner's loathe to trim their pet's toenails. Why? Because the puppy dislikes the entire operation and makes it nearly impossible. Nail clipping doesn't need to become a major battle of wills or a struggling match. The most essential part of trimming is getting your dog used to having a person play with his paws.
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A good thing to do is get your puppy used to getting his paws played with. As frequently as you can simply touch and manipulate his paws. Reward him with a snack and lots of encouragement when you try this. If you own an older dog who dislikes getting his nails clipped, go back to this step and get him familiar with having you feel his feet in a pleasurable way.
As soon as your pet is comfortable with having you touch his feet you can look at cutting.
To help make the task easier, have all your gear completely ready before you start. Get your trimmers or scissors available and be certain to own some kind of clotting agent. A styptic pencil is quite useful. Mishaps can happen, so it is important to be ready. If you do cut the dog don't panic, generally the bleeding will stop without treatment in a short time.
Exactly how short can you cut? Dog's have no feeling in their toenails, clipping does not hurt. What may hurt the pet is if you cut the quick. If your pet has light coloured toenails it is much simpler to view the quick. This region is at the base of the toe nail and extends out into the nail. This section of the nail can bleed if you cut your pet's nails too short and can easily hurt the pet. If your family dog possesses dark toenails and you can not view the quick just take the very end off. You're better off cutting more regularly then cutting the animal.
There are a lot of great clippers that you can buy at nearly every animal supply shop. The main thing is to make sure that they are sharp. What a lot of puppies are usually objecting to when they start squirming during cutting is not the trimming but the pressure that you are applying to their nail and paw. You can significantly minimize this if your trimmers are sharpened. Many people choose to utilize animal trimmers which have a special guard on them. This keeps the nail from sliding too deep into the clipper.
When does one clip? Many dog's will need to have their toenails clipped around every 2 to 3 weeks. This number will change depending upon what kind of surface your pet walks upon. Dog's that spend most of their time in the house will need to have their toenails clipped more often than a puppy that does lots of strolling on concrete or other rough surfaces.
If you are really not comfortable with clipping your pet's nails you could have it done professionally. You could possibly even request to watch the groomer and then determine exactly how they go about cutting the toenails. You might also get the aid of another person to help you handle your puppy particularly if you are new to trimming.