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Trimming Your Dog's Nails At Home

Trimming nails at home can seem very daunting, but it isn't as bad as you think. If you have a puppy, start right away to get them acclimated. If your dog is older, go slow and have patience. There are a few things that can make it better for everyone.

• Be sure to make nail trimming a positive experience. Use a high reward treat that they don't get every day. nailtrim
• If possible, trim the nails when your dog is tired.
• Go slow. I recommend starting with back feet because the sound of the clipper is further away and can be less scary. Start with one foot per day, and then again the following week. They will become accustomed to the feeling and sounds.
• You will only be able to take a couple millimeters off the nails at this frequency. Do not try to take them too short. Just in case you do cut too short, have some cornstarch nearby to help stop the bleeding. Don't panic, just keep your dog calm and still for a few minutes and apply a small amount of cornstarch to the area that is bleeding with gentle pressure.
• After they are adjusted, you will need to trim the nails every 2-4 weeks depending on what surfaces your dog walks on.

If you have any questions, ask your veterinarian or groomer. We are here to help you! The biggest thing is to remain calm and be positive.