Trimming your dogs nails should be a regular part of your dog's grooming. If you choose to do it yourself, it is important to learn the proper way to trim them. This is a guide about trimming your dog's nails.
By Keeper from Morganton, NC
Cricketnc, I have a rechargeable dremel for my crafts and will try it on Teddy.Tomorrow he'll have been here only 5 weeks but has settled in like an old shoe.
PookaRina, I give Teddy several things to chew on but he puts on the brakes at opening his mouth for brushing.I'm sure he'll come around because he's very trusting with everything else.He even comes after he's done eating to get his face washed w/a baby wipe. Spoiled? a bit!! : )
Keeper and Teddy
He looks so cute! It sounds like you two had an instant bond. He knows he found his forever home, so he can relax. It seems like such a loving routine for you guys every evening. I'll have to try it with my Dallas.
A little tip for those of you who trim their own pet's nails. I found that it is very easy to stop your pet from slipping around on the table or bench by using a piece of non-slip rubber mat that can be bought from many stores.
I picked up about 3 meters in a roll for only a couple of dollars at a $2 shop. Cut the pieces to suit the standing size of your pet, and you will find that the dog will not slide around and feel unsafe at all. It washes in the machine or by hand easily, and is light and it can be thrown in a cupboard or drawer until needed. It is also great for a bath mat - no slipping and sliding.
In fact it's useful for many things, like opening tight jar lids, in the sink for delicate washing, draining cutlery, all sorts of things. Get that imagination going!
By Vicki from Oz (Queensland, Australia)
Yes, this is a great idea. I have some in the bottom of the bath when I wash my two dogs to stop them slipping & hurting themselves. PS love your little dog.
Interesting idea. I have always held my dogs in my lap to trim their nails. It seems to reassure them. I don't think they would like standing on a flat surface while their nails are trimmed.
As soon as you bring your puppy home, start playing with their pads. Using your fingers, touch and rub the pads of each paw. Do this daily and your pup will become accustomed to you handling their paws, making the future years of nail-clipping much easier.
I have used this method all my life with success. You need two people to comfort the dog. All animals like a "tummy rub" and will lay on their side for the nail cutting.
For those of us who are afraid to use the nail clippers on our pets, I've discovered that using a Dremel sanding tool is quick and easy.
My dog is a large breed with very large and tough nails. This was a most unpleasant task until I discovered a Dremel tool! I used the larger grade sanding wheel for my dogs nail size and thickness.
Learn to clip your dogs, cats, or birds nails. Invest in a good set of clippers from your veterinarian. It will save you the cost of an office visit. Pet stores that offer grooming probably have instruction folders on the procedure.
To make trimming my Chihuahua's nails a little more safe, I use a small Dremel tool with a sanding hub. The noise is very low. Just tap the tips. She likes this better than using the nail clippers. I was always afraid of cutting her nails too short.
Seeing the Pediaws on TV made me want to have one for my Chinese pug. She has very sharp claws and for some reason it is her joy to scratch the living day lights out my legs. But it is just my laziness that causes the sharp nails.
When I clip my dog's nails it is always a scary thing. Just be careful and slow. I have someone hold Lanee (she's a small dog) while I do the clipping. Do not go in the pink.
I have 3 dogs and it can become very expensive having their nails clipped. How can I learn to do it safely?
By Char from Edgewood, MD
We have a big dog who practically had to be muzzled every time her nails were done at the vet or the groomer--she hated it so much.
In line with everyone mentioning the Dremel tool--there is that As Seen on TV product you can find in nearly every drugstore, or Target, Kmart or Wal-Mart--called Pedi Paws.
This is basically a dremel tool with a guard cap on it that helps you to line up the dog's nail ( and also catches the nail shavings).
Yeah, it's noisy, but if you turn it on a few times and let the dog inspect it before even attempting to do the nails, most dogs will get used to the new "toy".
We've had no drama since using this; think we paid no more than 12-14 dollars for it and it has been well worth the tiny investment.
I wish I could trim my dogs nails myself too but even putting a mussle on him he still squirms so bad I can't handle him. He gets violent. The pet store doesn't seem to have a problem; they are calmer I guess but it still takes 2 people. My dog does not like his back feet touched or massaged.
Does anyone have any tips on how to successfully cut your dog's toenails? I can't get my dogs to sit still when trying to cut their nails and they don't like me touching their paws.
I recommend you use specialized clippers... I use reptile or bird clippers, they have a roundish cutting surface or it hurts the animal less. As far as them letting you do it. You eaither need someone to help you force them til they get used to it or give them some kind of sedative to relax them.... You can administer things like valium, xanax & most other relaxants, in EXTREMELY small doses. (go by their weight for that) or if that is not possible, your vet could give you something.
I have two large dogs. I do their toenails at night when they are tired and sleepy. My male is easier to do than my female. (I had to prove to her that I was alpha. I had to gently pin her down until she stopped fighting me and relaxed.) My vet told me a way that helps, but it takes two people. One person sits behind the dog's shoulders (while the dog is lying down) with their leg over the dog's head/neck area. That same person holds the dog's bottom leg (the front leg against the ground) just above the dog's elbow and lifts that leg up somewhat. This restrains the dog without hurting them.
This is a tip I got from my vet several years ago. She said to use a Dremel tool to keep my dogs' nails trimmed.