How to Safely Trim your Dog’s Claws
Dogs need their claws trimmed and cared for just like people care for their finger nails. A dog’s claws grow continuously. Usually a dog can wear down their claws by walking or running around. But most dogs do not have an active enough lifestyle for them to be able to grind down their claws.
How to first trim your dog’s claws
As with most behaviors you want your dog to know, it’s best to introduce these things to them when they are puppies. Puppies are smaller and easier to handle. But their claws are smaller so you have to be more careful. There is a center part of the claw called the quick. It is full of blood vessels and nerve endings. When you trim your dog’s claws, you must be careful not to cut the quick.
Take your puppy and restrain him. Take one paw and trim a few of his claws. Give him so treats and send him on his way. You don’t want to try and trim all of his claws in one sitting. You will create a bad experience for him. Do many short sessions instead of trying to get it all done at once. This investment of time on the front end will reduce the time you have to spend wrestling with your dog later on. Gradually as he ages and you trim his claws more frequently, your puppy should allow you to trim the claws with ease.
Alternatives to trimming the claws
If you don’t want to trim the claws yourself, you can take your dog to a professional groomer who will trim the claws. Or you can take your dog to your veterinarian. The veterinarian will also trim the claws for you. You can also try to get your dog to grind the claws down himself. This will involve lots of physical exercise on hard surfaces.