Dog Nail Trimming

This can be a topic of great ease or serious frustration for any pet owner.  Dogs these days spend more and more time indoors or on soft ground which is perfectly fine however with this comes the challenge of a dogs nails.  Dogs nails do not stop growing just like people they have to be maintained and occasionally trimmed.  In a wild or primitive setting a dog would naturally file his nails through running digging and chasing things however in todays’s world this is probably not the best thing for a more suburban dog.  My personal dogs do live on a farm to speak however we still trim their nails just probably not as frequently as a more city dog would be.

The amount of trimming a dog’s nails requires is typically dependant on the owner and lifestyle, for instance if you have a young child that you are afraid may be scratched more easily then more frequent trimming can help with this issue.  Most dogs only need nail trimming once or twice a month at most once maintained and well kept but if it is a dog that has not had his/her nails trimmed in a long time more frequent may be needed due to a shortening process.  Dog’s nails have a fleshy part called a “quick” that is like a nail bed for people however with dogs’s nails being circular this part grows in the center of the nail and more frequent trimming can cause this ara to receed if needed in an unkept dog’s nails.  If you dog has very light collored nails you can probably see this part of the nail as a pink area toward the paw.

Let’s begin with equipment needed for dog nail trimming.  Begin with the right set of clippers described below, a nice calm area for the dog, and keep some quick clot near by.  Quick clot is a substance for dogs nails that is found in almost any pet store and is a powder that you can put on your dogs nail if you trim it too far and it bleeds a little.  A note of warning is that if this does happen your dog will most likely flinch just a little but do not be anxious about it yourself this will only make your dog much worse about it the next time.  Remaining calm is the key to an easy nail trimming for any dog.


Types of Trimmers

Trimmers come in a variety of styles and sizes.  Size always depends on your dog don’t get the trimmers for large dogs if you have a toy poodle right. As for styles and types they are broken down into three main sections.  The first type or style of trimmer is called a geotine style trimmer, seen below, this type of trimmer was formerly ver popular due to the design seemed great however appearances are deceiving.  This type of trimmer puts pressure on the wrong part of the nail and has a tendancy to split the dog’s nail in half, think of it like trimming a person’s finger nails side to side vs vertically it wouldn’t be a good thing at all.  I would reccomend anyone stay away from this type of trimmer.

Not Recommended ↓

Recommended types of trimmers

The other two types of trimmers are called cissor types and dremmel or grinder type of trimmers.  The cissor type are exactly whaty they sound like they look and function like a pair of cissors, most will have a guard that goes over the end to keep you from cutting the nail too far back but also the guard is moveable in case your dog hasn’t had his nails trimmed in a long while.  These types are simple with very little mess.  Cissor types of trimmers work well however pay attention to your dog the click and sensation fo the trimming can make some dogs jump so remain calm and don’t encourage this behavior.  Simply remain calm and act like it is no big deal to you and should be no big deal with your dog this will help you out a lot in the long run especially if you start trimming as a puppy.  See images of cissor types below.

Dremmel style trimmers

This type trimmer is called a Dremmel or grinder style trimmer.  Dremmel refers to the household tool called a Dremmel tool which is a small hand held wheel grinder.  This type of trimmer is one of the best available however takes the most amount of patients, practice and skills to use.  With this type of nail trimmer the owner is able to shape the nail and get rid of any sharp edges to a very smooth point. The drawbacks for this type of trimmer is it does create a little oder from the grinding of the nail but also the noise takes the dogs a bit to get used to so it may take some practice and patients on the owner’s part.  Most groomers offer classes on how to use these type of trimmers for beginners.  I would strongly reccomend this type of trimmer begin with a puppy so they are used to the noise and sensation of the tool.  It can still be done with adult dogs but with time and practice.  This type of tool can be found in pet stores made with a lower speed for pets nails however the hardware version will work if used with a medium sand paper bit and on low speed.  The functionality of this tool is essentially a high speed file and you are filing your dogs nails down to the desired length and shape.  See below Image