How to Trim Dog Nails – Groom your Pekingese Properly


How to Trim Dog Nails – Groom your Pekingese Properly

Nail trims are essential to your pekingese’s basic grooming needs. So, do you know how to trim dog nails? For most dog owners, the idea of trimming their dog’s nails is often followed by a feeling of apprehension. And most dog also hate nail trims and it doesn’t have to be this way, really. Not all owners know how to do this and most bring them to the groomers. There are also others who take the initiative to learn how to trim their dog’s nails properly and any dog can also be trained to tolerate it as well.

Unless your dog gets the chance to play and run around hard surfaces which help them keep their nails short, you have to trim it for them at least once a week. Once you hear that clicking sound on your floor, it is a sign that you have to trim his nails already. Majority of the dogs really hate when their paws are being handled thus making trimming his nails his least favorite activity, however making him get used to this activity at an early stage can help you both in the long run. It also helps that you would give him a treat after every trimming session plus a hug and lots of kisses too.

How to Trim Dog Nails

  • Hold the foot steady, but hold it gently.
  • Snip off a small bit of the end of each toenail.
  • Using either the guillotine or scissors-type clippers, place a tiny bit of the nail in the nail clipper and snip.
  • If the nail feels spongy while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately — you’re cutting the quick!
  • Stop any bleeding immediately.
  • If you cut the quick (often called quicking), you’ll have an unhappy dog and a bloody mess.

Source: Dummies, by Margaret H. Bonham

Step by Step Procedure in Dog Nail Clipping

  • Make him relax and comfortable first. It it is his first session, sit with him as you use the clippers gently on his nails. Talk to him in a calm and reassuring voice as you do it and gently scratch his ears to divert his attention.
  • Give him his favorite treat at all times every after trimming session.
  • If your dog would pull his paw away from you then coax him in. If ever he is really hesitant still, try to do it in another position or in another day.
  • Have a look at his nails. If your dog has a clear, white or light-colored nails then your jon has been made easier.  Having a light-colored nail would allow you to see his ‘quick’ easily which is the dark tiny tube at the center of his nail. The quick is your dog’s blood supply in his nails.

Clipping your dog’s nails is part of your responsibility as a pet parent and you should be able to know how to trim dog nails.  It may not be an easy task at first but I assure you that the time would come that he would get used to it and it would get easier as time goes by.

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