Properly trimmed nails are important for more than cosmetic reasons. Nails can break if they are too long and this is painful for the little guy or girl. If the nails are too long they also affect the gait of the dog. This can, in some cases, lead to stress on the joints.
I keep a close eye on our little friends' nails. I usually have them trimmed about every couple of weeks. I am not very good with nail clipping, so I usually take them to a professional groomer to have it done. It only takes a few minutes and is well worth the effort.
If you want to do it yourself there are two options. You can use clippers or a rotary tool.
Clippers come in two different types. There are guillotine and scissor types.
Regardless of the method you use or even if , like me, you prefer to let a professional do it, it is important that your dog's nails are trimmed regularly!
The ASPCA has some good information on their website about nail trimming.
Many dogs are anxious about getting their nails trimmed. It is important with these guys that you make it as positive an experience as possible for them. Try not to get frustrated with them. In cases where the dog is very anxious, there are desensitization training techniques that can be used to get the dog more comfortable with the clippers or the rotary tools. Some dogs are very scared or anxious when any sort of grooming is done or when they are at the veterinarian's office. If you have one of these dogs, please contact me. I can help you work with your dog to make grooming or the vet's office a much more pleasant experience for the dog and the people!
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William Moore Canine Training