Many dogs hate having their nails trimmed, but it is a necessary evil. As a puppy owner, you will need to desensitize your new furry friend to having his or her feet handled and played with. Whenever you do this and he or she does not struggle or fuss, reward the puppy with a treat. The key is to make this a positive experience every time. If you appear nervous or frustrated, your dog will pick up on this and the task will be much more difficult.
The diagram below shows the anatomy of a dog’s nail. The quick contains nerves and blood vessels and is painful when cut. If you do cut your dog’s nail too short and it bleeds, don’t panic. Pack the end with flour or corn starch. If that does not stop the bleeding, call your veterinarian.
If you are not comfortable trimming your dog’s nails yourself, one of our technicians would be happy to do it for you. Please call for an appointment and ask about our rewards card where after 4 nail trims, the 5th is free.