Successful Techniques Clipping Dog Claws

Pets/Animals - Exotic Pets
By: goodselfme    
07-Jan-2011

Introduction:When learned how to properly clip the dogs claws, you will wonder why you never tried this on your own prior to now. Read through these techniques to guide you to clip your dogs claws.

  • 01

    Prepare the Mind

    Dogs feel emotions from people, so your need to begin clipping the dogs claws has to start with preparing your mind. Work on being calm and knowing you will be successful using these techniques to get the project finished. Many people have done this act of hygiene for their best friend, so rest assured you will too. Clipping the claws prevent splaying of the paws, which can result in painful standing and walking so your work is necessary and not just cosmetic. Play your favorite music softly in the background for both you and your dog.

  • 02

    Proper Equipment, Light and Spot

    Human nail clippers never should be used on dogs. Most veterinarians will dissuade you from using any tools except those especially made for dog nail clipping. Consult with your veterinarian which claw cutting devices they know are best. Talk to groomers and other pet owners for good opinions before buying any nail clipping tool. Select the right spot to begin your project so you will be in a comfortable and safe area without being disrupted while you perform the clipping. Natural and or extra light is essential to get a good and safe result.

  • 03

    Prepare the Dog

    Never sneak up on a sleeping dog thinking you can clip nails while they are asleep. If you are lucky you will be growled at and worse bitten. It is the very best and easiest to accomplish this task if begun early in puppyhood. Even if you do not do all the claws, work these techniques soon. Pet your dog before beginning any planned claw trimming of the paws. Put your hand next to the paw without touching it. Have many small pieces of their favorite treat in your pocket and give after petting and after your hand is placed next to their paw. Lift your hand away and replace it several times to prepare the dog for clipping event. Your hand moving and then placed next to their paw, remaining next to their body is important preparation.

  • 04

    Prepare the Dog Paws

    Touch the dog paws without anything in your hand and softly say some pleasant words. Some pet owners sing gently flowing songs as they approach their canine to clip the nails. A suggestion is not to sing the same song each time you approach to clip the dog's nails. This is preparation, so no action except the touching is accomplished in this technique. Do this gently with all paws. Give a small piece of a treat after each paw touching.

  • 05

    Prepare to Clip

    Make sure you have many morsels, in your reach, of the treat they like best. Look to find the "quick" which is a distinct change in color of the nail. Avoid even close proximity with this area. It is better to clip only the tip, which is the problem area of the paw. Hold the paw, give a treat, touch the paw ith your other hand, give a treat, cut the claw and give a treat. Proceed until each nail is clipped. The entire dog's nails might take more than one sitting. A slow pace will be one that allows your dog to know you will not be hurting him and he will trust you.





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  • pamperedpen 7/1/2011 Flag This Comment

    These tips are really great. I'll use them next time I clip my dog's nails. H5

  • ListMaker 3/2/2011 Flag This Comment

    I have to clip 6 dogs every 2 weeks (this is when it's nice that one only has 3 legs...). Good tips on clipping dog claws.

  • MonikaWeise 1/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    My dog hates this - I appreciate these tips!

  • bossypants 1/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Even though your gentle encouragement leads me to believe I can do this, I will probably continue to support my local economy and let the groomer have all the fun. :) Beautifully encouraging list!

  • Apalmer001 1/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    My Jack Russell had her nails clipped recently by a pet care center assistant and she did not use your loving techniques. I'll be sure to do our pets nails myself from now on. Thanks for the tips, it is greatly appreciated.

  • penelope7 1/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    Well, I would just hope that I could. Your list is very comprehensive and I know you could do it.

  • ChristinaFernando 1/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    I just trimmed my Jack Russell Terriers nails last night and your strategies are most helpful and true. Thanks for writing this helpful list.

  • jseven 1/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    I just did this a while back but it's hard with black nails so I don't take much off. Thanks for the tips!

  • clewand550 1/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great tips especially having 2 dogs.

  • IzzyDuncan 1/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    These recommendations work for cats, too!

  • hummingbirdee 1/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    This is a procedure I have left for someone else to do. I should work on courage. It is hard when they have black nails and you can't see the quick. Good advice.

  • ListMaker 1/7/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've acclimated all of my dogs to trimming their dog claws with a dremel. It does take skill so DO NOT just go at it and it took me about a month to acclimate the dogs but now? They all go to sleep when I grind their nails. I consider this a success! Now for the cat...

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