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How to Trim a Dog’s Nails

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Nail trimming is one owner expense that can easily be avoided and performed in the comfort of a dog’s own home. Unlike humans, most dogs do not enjoy receiving a pedicure, especially from a stranger. Many dogs are more comfortable when their owners perform the trimming, yet many owners are uncomfortable with the task. The following is a guide on the type of nail trimmers available, and the proper way to clip a dog’s nails.

A dog should have his or her nails trimmed when the nails first start to touch the floor. Therefore, if you can hear your dog clicking and clacking across the hardwood floor, the nails are too long. A natural way to keep your dog’s nails from becoming overgrown is by going for regular walks on cement; the rough surface will grind down the nails naturally. However, for dogs used to soft surfaces or those that are light on their feet, regular trimmings are necessary.