How to cut your dog's nails easily?

Trimming your dog's nails is an essential part of your dog's routine, but we know that it's not always easy when the time comes to do it. We offer you some tips and tricks for quick and easy nail trimming.

Before you start cutting, here are some important points to remember:

- Depending on the breed of the dog, the speed at which the claws grow and natural wear and tear, the clipping frequency can vary between 4 to 8 weeks. As soon as the claw curves inward, it's time to take action!

- How far can we cut?

When the claw is white, it is easy to see the vein. When the claw is black, be careful not to cut further than the small dark point in the center of the claw. This marks the start of the vein.

- What to do when the dog struggles?

You should not force your dog when he is in panic mode. It is best to provide positive reinforcement with treats, words of encouragement and take it step by step. Start again when it is calmer and by creating a positive habit, your dog will perceive it less as a negative and frightening experience.

- Carry out the cutting in a calm and as stress-free environment as possible. Get your dog used to the contact with the nail clippers so that he does not see it as a dangerous object, by touching it on his paws without necessarily making the cut.

Steps for easy and quick nail trimming:

  1. Adopt the correct posture, i.e. putting your arm under your dog's stomach and holding it firmly.
  2. Take a paw to see the underside of it and thus have a better view of the inside of the claw.
  3. Cut little by little, taking care not to go beyond the point marking the start of the vein.

Some tips:

If you cut your dog's vein, don't panic! There will be a lot of blood at first glance, but you just need to use a coagulant to stop the bleeding. You can use cornstarch or another similar powder.

It is important to take a good nail clipper, easy to handle and where you can see  the claw well. Avoid those called guillotine, they tend to put pressure on the claw and cause pain.

If your dog doesn't like having his paws touched, consider creating a good habit by handling him more often, whether on the couch or in a moment of relaxation. Make him understand that you don't just touch his paws in a stressful situation, that he can trust you and tolerate your touch. This is a good start to begin positive reinforcement. Supplement with treats and rewards.

Here is an explanatory video by Arianne, our dog fashion advisor and grooming assistant:

We wish you good luck, and if you prefer that a professional take care of it, we offer grooming and nail cutting services at our Place de la Cité branch.

All you have to do is call to make an appointment at 418-527-2226.