How to Clip Dog Nails (with Pictures) - wikiHow

Trimming too close to the quick is similar to ripping off a human hangnail. It’s quite painful for the dog, and it’s an experience you should try to avoid by learning proper nail clipping techniques, but it won’t do any permanent damage to your dog’s paws. The nail will bleed profusely at first. You can stop the bleeding with styptic powder to coagulate the blood and stop the bleeding.

If you’ve never trimmed your dog’s nails before, spend a few days getting him used to having his feet handled first.

Unfortunately, this video is about the whole process of cutting/trimming/dremeling your dog’s nails, and I was looking for more about the mechanics of how much to grind off so that the quick retreats and at what angle, like when you clip the nails. My dog can do all of these steps luckily, so it looks like I’m ahead of the game I guess, but what about how often and how far to grind, and at what angle?

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If you’ve never trimmed your dog’s nails before, spend a few days getting him used to having his feet handled first. Somewhere along the line, dog people decided it was necessary to hold a dog’s paw securely (tightly) in order to trim the nails. But it really isn’t so. You can teach your dog to voluntarily offer a paw and hold it still for trimming – and avoid having to counter-condition the restraint part of the procedure. (Of course, you still have to condition your dog to love the nail trimmer or grinder).

It contains a blood vessel and a nerve, so avoid cutting it

Counter-conditioning pairs nail trimming with one or more things your dog loves, so he comes to associate the procedure with good things instead of bad. A counter-conditioning protocol might start with simply picking up the clippers (or grinder) in one hand and feeding the dog a very high value treat from the other – and this is repeated until the act of picking up the clipper makes your dog’s tail wag and eyes light up as he searches for the expected goodie. You gradually move the clipper toward the dog, eventually touching him with it, all the while working to maintain the positive association: nail clipper/grinder makes really good stuff happen!

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Guillotine Style – this is the most common type of nail trimmer. It is especially popular for smaller dogs, as it is extremely simple to use. With this trimmer the nail is inserted into the small metal hole, and the handle is squeezed. The blade slides across the hole, trimming off the excess nail. The downside with these trimmers, is that the blade does need to be replaced with use. Additionally, it does not have the force to trim a large dog’s toenails.Large Dog Trimmers – These nail clippers are identical to the Miller’s Forge Trimmers. They are simply thicker and stronger to cleanly clip large dogs stronger nails. This makes them clumsy for use on smaller dogs.