Of all the things that bother and scare a dog, claw clipping must top the list. It can also be a discouraging task for any dog owner. The following tips on how to cut dog nails that are too long can help make this job a little easier.
When you trim his claws, it’s important that you clip just the very tip of the claw so that you don’t cut into the quick; this is the part that contains the nerve and vein that run into the claw. If you do happen to cut into the quick, not only could you cause your dog an injury, he would also associate future nail-clipping sessions with discomfort and pain.
You might be wondering how to get your dog to remain still for this operation. It’s usually easier with a puppy than an older dog as puppies are inclined to adapt more easily.
First, you need to be able to access the dog’s claws. Don’t just try to take hold of the claw and clip it. You need to go slowly. It’s advisable to first get the dog used to you touching his paws. You could teach him to offer you his paw, then give him a handshake. Repeat this a few times until he gets used to that command, then reward him with a treat.
When you see that he is happy to obey you, take out your clipping tool. Let your dog examine it for a while. Practice this until he doesn’t display any aversion to the tool, even if it takes a few days.
Now it’s time to do some claw clipping!
The Claw-Clipping Process
With your clipping tool ready, begin by asking your dog to give you his paw, then clip one claw. Give him lavish praise and a treat. What was his reaction? If he reacted negatively to the clipping, put away the clipper and try again in a couple of days.
Now, it’s been a few days since the first claw was clipped; it’s time for the next attempt. This time he may be a little more amenable. He will remember the treat you gave him the previous time, which should make him more receptive.
Clip a claw and give him half a treat. If he doesn’t react badly, continue clipping. Don’t hesitate or show that you are at all nervous. Before you know it, your task will be done!
Keep in mind that you are not hurting your dog in any way when you clip his claws. In fact, doing this will help to avoid him having any discomfort and problems which could hamper the way he walks because of excessively-long claws.
If, for any reason, you can’t handle the idea of trimming your dog’s claws yourself, you have two alternatives: you can either have your vet do it or take your dog to a professional dog groomer. Either way, your dog will be with someone who knows how to cut dog “nails” that are too long.
Don’t wait until your dog’s claws are so long that they curl up. Clip them when you start hearing clicking noises as your dog trots across a smooth floor, and all will be well.