Regular nail trims prevent paw injury caused by overgrown nails and are essential to your dog's health. Reluctant owners often oursource a groomer for this chore, but when performed correctly nail trims can be easily done at home by anyone.
You will need a nail grinder. I recommend this nail grinder if your dog is of a small/medium breed. For those with larger dogs or dogs with black nails, this nail grinder with an built-in flashlight will make it easy to locate the quick.
Clean your dog’s paws and nails, to ensure the quick is easy to see.
Accustom your dog to your nail grinder. Turn your grinder on and place it in your dog’s presence so that he/she can sniff it and identify it as harmless. Give your dog a treat and praise for encouragement.
Select the appropriate head port or remove the black guard over the grinding stone for greater flexibility.
Start grinding the nail at a 45 degree angle starting at the bottom and rounding the nail off at the top. Grind in short intervals. Have a cloth handy to wipe off the nail dust as you go, making visibility clearer.
Stop at least 2mm from the quick or when you see a dark bullseye emerge in the center of the nail from the front view.
Reward your dog with cuddles, praise and treats to make this a bonding and positive experience!