Many people find the task of trimming a dog's nails intimidating

As a rule of thumb, a dog’s nails should be trimmed when they just about touch the ground when he or she walks. If your pet’s nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a trim. For leisurely living dogs, this might mean weekly pedicures, while urban pooches who stalk rough city sidewalks can go longer between clippings.

Nail trimming in dogs, called a pedicure, can be done simply if you know how.

Trimming a dog’s nails can be dangerous for both dog and human if the dog is afraid. Dogs who fear nail trims can thrash around wildly, increasing the risk of cutting the quick if they are not effectively restrained. Cutting into the quick (the sensitive tissue within the nail) will only exacerbate the dog’s fear. Additionally, dogs that are very afraid or in pain are likely to bite, presenting a safety risk to the humans involved.

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It's important to keep your dog's nails trimmed and it's not as difficult as you think. Trimming your dog's nails can be a terrifying prospect, but it's something that needs done. An un-trimmed nail can be painful for the dog, can curl into their toe pad, and can turn into a real problem. Plus, longer nails mean more scratches - both on you, and your home.

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Wow..luckily I have never had to deal with trimming my dog’s nails. He’s 8 1/2 now and has never had his nails clipped. For some reason, walking 3 to 4 miles a day on some sort of hard surface keeps his nails worn down..either that or he doesn’t have nails that grow quickly! I notice them getting longer in the winter when there is nothing but snow that is not abrasive so once a week we walk on the asphalt bike path for 4 miles and that keeps the nails in check. Maybe his nails are softer than normal and wear down quickly? Lucky for me because it would certainly be a battle to clip his nails!

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Attentive as we may be, trimming our dog’s toenails is one of those vexing tasks that many of us studiously avoid. Should they be trimmed, and if so, how often? What if they bleed? What if the pedicure becomes a wrestling match, and the dog always wins? Here are some general guidelines and recommendations to help you tend your dog’s toenails. If you have never before trimmed a dog’s toenails, my advice is this: ask a pro — veterinary technician, groomer, breeder — to teach you how. Pedicures can be tricky business! If your dog has clear nails (quicks readily visible) and happens to be an angel about having his or her feet handled, you’re good to go. Black nails or dogs who are moving targets make the job far more difficult. It’s easy to hit the quick, and that can be painful for your dog. Also, a nicked quick bleeds, not enough to be harmful to your dog, but enough to sure as heck be harmful to your carpeting! If bleeding occurs, your best bet is to drag the tip of the toenail through a soft bar of soap; the soap will sometimes form a plug that stops the bleeding. A safer bet is to have on hand.