Shampooch’s Essential Guide To Dog Nail Clipping

Labrador puppy pawsClipping your pet’s toe nails can be quite difficult and some dog owners can find it quite traumatic (which is where your Norwich dog groomer will really come in handy). However, if you’re determined to do it yourself, you need to read our guide to getting it right so it’s easy for you and not stressful for your pooch.

Many animals find nail clipping unpleasant, which is perhaps understanding. If you’re not careful, you can cause your pet quite a lot of discomfort if you twist the nail or cut it too short. This can also result in bleeding, so you need to proceed with caution.

Here are our top five tips for getting it right.

  1. Associate clipping with something pleasant. Always give your dog a treat after he’s had his nails clipped, starting off with one nail at a time. Then try and trim a few more before giving him another treat.

  2. Go slow. Take your time, especially if it’s the first time it’s been done. And make sure you talk to him quietly to soothe him if he gets distressed.

  3. Choose your trimmers wisely. There are different types available and you may find you work better with scissor-esque trimmers.

  4. Do your trimming in a quiet area to keep your dog calm.

  5. If you do cut too close to the quick and your dog bleeds, feed him a treat immediately and talk to him calmly and quietly to soothe him.

Talk to your local mobile dog groomer if you need any more advice.

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