Does your dog get anxious when you take them to the groomer for a nail trim? Your dog should have their nails trimmed every 6-8 weeks, or when their nails are touching the ground. If their nails are not trimmed, they can split all the way down to their quick.
Your dog’s quick is the part of the nail that contains blood vessels that can easily be cut if trimmed wrong. If your dog has clear nails, you’ll likely be able to see the quick! If your dog has dark nails, it could be tougher.
Trimming your dog’s nails can be a scary thing, especially for new dog owners or anxious pups. There are a few ways you can get your dog comfortable with trimming or cutting their nails. Here are just a few!
Familiarize your dog with the nail clippers
If it becomes familiar to them, they are less likely to be anxious about their trim. Let your dog sniff the nail clipper before you begin so they can recognize the scent. Always treat them when they are calm and collected around the nail trimmer. Trimming their nails at home should be a comfortable experience for you and your pup. Be prepared for some anxiety and as always, be patient with them. They are getting used to it too.
Keep the nail clippers in sight
Keep the dog nail trimmers or dog nail clippers out in plain sight so it isn’t an anxious moment for your dog. Grab the trimmers or clippers throughout the day and even squeeze them so your dog gets used to the sound that they make! Give them time to become familiar with the new grooming tools.
Take it slow
Once your dog is comfortable with the nail clippers or nail trimmers, clip off just a tiny bit of their nail and praise them. If they start to get anxious and squirm, put the trimmers away.
Turn nail trimming into a daily ritual
Gradually re-introduce your dog to their nail clippers or trimmers every day until they become used to them. Try to trim a bit of nail off day by day. This can take some time. Give your dog at least a week or two to adjust.
Trimming your dog’s nails at home can be a little stressful at first, but once your dog begins to trust you, trims will be a breeze! Did you know that Snuggle Puppy has a new line of grooming products for dogs and pets of all ages, shapes, and sizes?