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Cutting your dog's nails at home can be a safe and rewarding experience for both of you.

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Here's a general guide to get you started:

Before you clip:

  • Gather your supplies: You'll need either nail clippers or a nail grinder. Clippers come in scissor or guillotine styles. Grinders are a good option for dogs with black nails, since it's harder to see the vein (quick) in them. Styptic powder can help stop bleeding in case of accidental nicks.
  • Get your dog comfortable: Choose a well-lit, quiet space. Make sure your dog is relaxed and in a positive mood. You can offer treats and praise throughout the process.

Clipping the nails:

  • Identify the quick: The quick is the pink vein that runs through the center of the nail. Cutting into the quick will cause bleeding and pain. For light colored nails, you can easily see the quick. With dark nails, be cautious and only clip small bits at a time.
  • Clip only the tip: Hold the paw firmly but gently. Extend the nail by pressing your thumb on the pad and your forefinger on the top of the toe. Clip a small section at a time, at a 45-degree angle from the nail.
  • Take breaks and reward good behavior: Don't try to clip all the nails at once, especially if it's your dog's first time. Take breaks and praise your dog for being patient
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