How To Clip Dog Nails

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My dog’s nails are getting really long. I don’t want to spend the money on taking him to a groomer and I’ve always wanted to learn how to do this myself. So, I ask you, how do you trim dog nails?

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Dog Lover
I’d also recommend holding the clippers almost perpendicular to the nail and trim straight up and down. And another tip is to use your fingers to gently separate the toes (don’t squeeze too hard) just like the rubber ones you get when getting a pedicure!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
First thing to know is not to cut the nails too short. The “quick” is located in the nail and if you cut it it can be quite painful and bleed a lot. Hold the paw steady but gently. Trim a small portion off the end of each nail with the guillotine or scissor-style clippers.

WARNING: If the nail feels spongy when you try to cut it STOP! You’re probably cutting the quick.