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Do Dogs Really Need To Have Their Nails Trimmed?

If you’re like most dog owners, you probably dread trimming your dog’s nails. It can be a difficult and messy task, especially if your dog doesn’t cooperate. However, nail trimming is an important part of canine regular care, extra long nails can cause discomfort for your dog and make it difficult for them to walk or run. In extreme cases, overgrown nails can even rupture the pads on your dog’s feet.

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Fortunately, with a little patience and the right tools, trimming your dog’s nails can be easy and painless for both you and your pup. In this article, we discuss how to trim dog nails safely. We also provide resources for how to find quick and effective training if your dog is not comfortable with the trimming process.


How often should you trim your dog’s nails?

Trimming your dog’s nails is a regular part of grooming. It can be done as frequently or infrequently as needed, depending on the size and shape of your dog’s nails. Ideally, you should trim your dog’s nails once a month.

If your dog’s nails extend beyond the bottom of his paws, you may need to trim them more often until they reach a manageable size that is approximately 2mm (0.08 inches) away from the blood vessel. On the other hand, if your dog’s nails are short and healthy, you only need to trim the tips of each nail just enough so that they don’t snag on things or grow into the pads of their feet.

It’s also important to note that puppies’ nails grow much faster than adult dogs, so you’ll likely need to trim their nails more frequently about every two weeks.

What are the risks of not trimming your dog’s nails?

If you don’t trim your dog’s nails, they can grow so long that they curve and dig into the pads of your dog’s feet. This can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for your pup and can lead to infection or even blood loss, which are often caused by the buildup of bacteria under the nail. it forces your dog to bite or scratch on its nails, which can lead to more serious injuries such as torn skin.

The sound of every footstep clicks loudly as they walk across a hardwood or tile floor. On carpeting, their snails may get caught up in the pile and suffer painful conditions such as arthritis that needs veterinary attention over time due to long nails being too sharp causing breaks.

It may also cause deformities or broken bones. They may not be able to flex their paws enough to pick up food or toys, which can result in malnourishment or missed playtime. Overgrown nails can also increase the risk of tripping and injuring yourself or your pet. 

If you see your pet limping because of an unhealthy nail it’s best to cut off that extra length right away so they don’t continue suffering for our help to find treatment options.

What tools do you need to trim your dog’s nails?

There are three different styles of nail trimmers that you can use on your dog, but the most important thing is to find a pair that feels comfortable for you to use. Some people prefer scissors-style and guillotine-style clippers, while others prefer pet nail grinders.

Grinders are a good option for trimming a dog’s nails because they are safer and provide more accuracy. It is a small electric grinding device that is used to grind down the nails, which is a less painful way to trim your dog’s nails. It is an alternative to using a nail clipper that can be painful to your dog.

The main advantage of using a nail grinder is that there is less chance of hitting the quick and you have more control over this process. You should get a dog nail grinder if you want a stress-free experience for both you and your dog. 

How to Get Your Dog Comfortable With Nail Trimming?

You might be wondering how long it takes to get your dog comfortable with nail trimming.  It usually takes about one week for a dog to get used to nail trimming. However, if it takes your dog a little longer to get accustomed to it, don’t worry. Keep calm and maintain a positive attitude. Continue to offer praise and treats as often as necessary. There are some things that you can do first to help them transition into something that works.

The first thing you should do is to introduce your dog to the noise that the grinder makes. You can do this by running a trimmer without trimming anything or with a grinding disk, and then slowly increasing the speed. Your dog will probably be frightened at first so don’t force them to look at it. Let them see the tool from afar and then slowly approach it.

After some time, they will get used to the sound that it makes, which is good because it means that there won’t be any accidents when you start using the trimmer on their nails. You can also use a nail grinder with an attachment (nail guard) on your dog’s nails, but make sure that it isn’t too loud if you want them not to be afraid of it.

Another thing that you can do is give your dog tasty treats and lots of praise while they are watching you trim their nails. This way they will associate nail trimming with something positive and they won’t be afraid of it anymore.

You should start with the nails on your dog’s front paws and then slowly move to their back paws. If you are trimming their nails for the first time, you should use a guard on the nail grinder to prevent them from getting hurt.

Also, make sure that you don’t grind too much of their nails at one time. You should start with a small amount and keep adding more as they get used to it until you get rid of all of their excess nails.


How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails?

It is not a difficult process, but some tips may help you to trim your dog’s nails safely. First, you need to make sure that the trimmer is in good condition. If it is broken, you should look for a new one.

Here are some useful tips:

1) Prepare everything before trimming your dog’s nails and make sure that you have all the necessary equipment ready: nail grinder, styptic powder, towel or mat, and gloves (if you need one).

2) Make sure that the surface where you are going to do this is clean and free of any distractions or possible dangers for your dog. It should be a quiet and calm place with no other animals around.

3) Put a little bit of  styptic powder on the nail that you are going to grind. It will stop bleeding in case you accidentally hit the quick.

4) Put on your gloves and hold your dog’s paw tightly. This is important because if you lose your grip, it can be dangerous for both of you.

5) Turn on the trimmer and start trimming slowly near the end of the nail. Do not touch it with the trimmer yet. Wait until your dog feels comfortable with this situation and don’t pull their paw away from you or there is a risk that they will hurt themself by pulling hard and cutting the quick.

6) When your dog is comfortable with this situation, move forward to touch their nail with the trimmer slowly and continue trimming until it is smooth enough for his nails to not hurt them anymore (if possible). You can also ask someone to help you by holding your dog’s paw as well.

7) Repeat this procedure on all of your dog’s nails until they are smooth enough for him/her not to feel pain or discomfort when walking or running on hard surfaces.

Trimming Dog’s White Nails:

If you have a dog with white or light-colored nails, then you’re lucky because you can easily see the blood supply in its nail, which is commonly called the quick. You just want to cut off a little bit at a time until you start to see a wet spot inside the nail. That’s when you will stop trimming because you are getting close to the blood vessels.

When you’re trimming the nails, make sure that you trim them in the direction of their growth. It means just look at the nail and see where it’s growing and then trim it off at that angle. Don’t trim it on a different angle because you’re more likely to hit the quick that way.

Trimming Dogs Black Nails:

If you have a dog with black or dark-colored nails then trimming can become more difficult. The best way to trim dark nails is to trim small bits at a time. It’s better to make a lot of little trim than try to take too much off and hit the quick. If the end of the nail looks white or light gray, trim a little bit more off the end.

Look at the nail head-on after every trim you make when you see a small shiny dot appear in the center of the nail, it’s where you need to stop. The little dot means that you are just about to reach the quick. As soon as you see it, stop trimming the nail (if it is too late and the quick has already been cut, apply styptic powder to stop bleeding).


Nails are an essential part of a dog’s anatomy, they aid with the balance, speed, grip, and overall safety of your dog. Untrimmed nails can grow so long that they touch the ground when the dog is walking. This is painful for the dog and can make it run in pain. If you follow these steps carefully, you shouldn’t have any problem grinding your dog’s nails. Remember that it takes patience and practice to get used to this process. Also, make sure that you have a lot of tolerance and love for your dog before starting this process.