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The At-Home Guide to Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

The At-Home Guide to Trimming Your Dog's Nails

It’s no secret that trimming your dog’s nails can be a daunting task. But with the correct information, it can be easy. So we’re here to provide you with an at-home guide to trimming your dog’s nails safely and effectively to give you the confidence to tackle this task head-on.

At-home trimming is a great way to save money and avoid trips to the vet or pet groomer. With the right tools and knowledge, you can easily trim your dog’s nails at home and keep them healthy and injury-free. This guide will walk you through every step of trimming your dog’s nails, from selecting the right tools to understanding your dog’s behavior and trimming their nails in a way that keeps them comfortable and happy.

What to use

Trimming Tools

When trimming your dog’s nails, it’s essential to have the right tools on hand. To trim your dog’s nails at home, you’ll need a pair of nail clippers specifically designed for dogs, as human nail clippers are generally not strong enough. 

If your dog is on the smaller side, you may be able to get away with scissor-style trimmers. However, you’ll need a pair of plier-style trimmers for larger dogs, which are more durable and provide more control. Some pet stores also offer nail grinders, which can be an excellent option for trimming your dog’s nails if they tend to be extra sensitive or easily spooked.

In addition, you’ll also want to have some styptic powder or styptic pen on hand if you trim your dog’s nails too short and cause them to bleed.


One of the most common concerns pet parents have when trimming their dog’s nails is accidentally trimming too far and causing pain or bleeding. This can be avoided by only trimming your dog’s nails in small, gradual increments. It can also help to trim your dog’s nails while they’re in a relaxed state – perhaps after a walk or some playtime.

When to trim

Dogs Paw

Trimming your dog’s nails regularly is important in keeping them healthy and preventing injuries. However, please don’t make it a weekly thing, as cutting too frequently can damage the nail bed and cause pain for your dog. Instead, most experts recommend trimming your dog’s nails once to twice a month, depending on how quickly they grow. 

Where to trim

Where to trim guide

Dogs have blood vessels and nerve endings that run through the center of their nails. These pink areas are referred to as ‘the quick.’ When trimming your dog’s nails, it’s imperative not to cut into the live quick, as this can cause pain and bleeding for your unknowing pup.

To trim your dog’s nails safely and effectively, cut just slightly above the quick, leaving millimeters in front of it.


Dog passing paw

To trim your dog’s nails, start by gently handling their paws to get them used to having their feet touched. This will help reduce any anxiety or discomfort that they may experience during the trimming process. Next, trim the tip of your dog’s nail with a pair of clippers designed for dogs. While trimming each nail, check the quick to ensure that you’re trimming just above it and not too far back. Finally, if you accidentally cut into the quick or cause bleeding, apply some styptic powder or pen to stop the bleeding and soothe your dog’s nail bed.

Petting dog

If you’re still feeling anxious about trimming your dog’s nails, don’t worry! There are many tips and tricks that can help ease your fears and make trimming your dog’s nails a simple and stress-free task. For example, some dog owners find it helpful to trim their dog’s nails while sitting on the floor or couch with their dog, which allows them to keep a close eye on the trimming process and provides extra stability if their dog moves around. Also, consider using treats or even playing calming music to distract your dog during trimming or enlisting the help of a friend or family member to trim your dog’s nails if you feel anxious.

Dog Shaking

With the right information and tips, trimming your dog’s nails can be a simple and stress-free task that helps keep your dog happy and healthy!

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