How to Trim Dog Nails

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By | Posted: December 4, 2012, 8 a.m.

dog nailsTrimming your dog’s is a necessary chore and should be done every three or four weeks.  You can do it yourself or have a groomer or vet clip your dog’s for you. Most groomers will be happy to show you how it’s done and it might be a good idea to do this the first time around.  If your dog absolutely detests the process and it turns into a huge struggle, my advice is to let the pros do it. This unhappy scenario can be avoided by getting your dog used to having his paws handled when he’s a pup.


Reasons to Clip Dog

Whether your little buddy knows it or not, he will be much better off if his are trimmed regularly and not allowed to become overgrown.  The results are not pretty and can contribute to health concerns:

• Dog that grow too long may curl around the paw and puncture the footpad, causing pain and infection.

• They can also interfere with his normal gait, resulting in deformed feet that are splayed, nail breakage, bleeding and general discomfort in the feet, legs and hips because he cannot walk properly.

• Overgrown nails will cause him to rock back on his paws, causing a strain on his joints and ligaments.


Ideally, should be short enough that they don’t click on the floor. Folks who show dogs  them extremely short, but active everyday pets need a little traction as they go about their daily adventures. For most dogs, the front will grow longer than the rear because dogs tend to “push off” from their rear, naturally wearing them down. Trimming or grinding the nails every two weeks should keep them adequately short, but if you are looking to recede the quick, doing it on a weekly basis would work best.

There are two types of nail trimmers you can use, the pliers type and the guillotine variety. I usually recommend the pliers version because that is what I use in the salon. If you would prefer to use a dremmel tool to grind your dog’s

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