If you or your fur friend struggle with nail trims, follow these simple steps to reduce anxiety and trim nails safely and easily at home!
Step 1: Clean
Firstly, always make sure you clean your pup’s nails. This ensures that the quick (vein inside the nail) is easy to see and to avoid.
Step 2: Pick the right tool
The best device for trimming nails is definitely an electric nail file with an in-built flashlight, which makes identifying and avoiding the quick easy. We recommend this particular model.
Step 3: Introduce
Turn your trimmer on and set it on the ground to allow your dog to sniff and identify it as non-threatening.
Step 4: Trim
Once your dog seems accustomed to the presence of the trimmer, choose the appropriate head setting, shine the light on the nail to show-up the quick and start trimming.
Starting from the bottom of the nail, work your way up and round off the top. Angle the trimmer at a 45 degree angle, trimming the nail either side of the quick. In this way, you utilise the alternative cut lines which help recede overgrown quicks. Refer to the image below for correct trimming angles.
It’s recommended you trim in 5 second intervals and cease trimming at least 2mm away from the quick.
If your dog shows signs of discomfort, we recommend you take it slow and do one nail at a time, building up to a full paw. Always reward your furry friend with plenty of praise, to create a positive association with nail trims.
If your dog startles easily or has bad associations with nail trims, we encourage plenty of paw touching outside of nail trims. Touching your fur friend’s paws at times other than just before a nail trim, will help accustom your dog to the idea of having his/her paws touched and handled.
Finally, by following these simple steps and using an electric nail file specially designed to make trimming nails safe and hassle-free, you will never need to pay for expensive nail trims at a vet or groomer again!