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Is Nail Trimming Time A Battle?


Does the idea of trimming your dog's nails send chills up your spine? After all, Giving poochie a bath - no problem. You might even be ok sticking a tooth brush in Lassie's mouth. But trimming doggie's nails is never going to happen!

Actually, giving your dog's nails a clipping is not nearly as difficult or freighting as it seems.

Nail trimming in dogs can be done very easily if you know how. It's always a good idea to watch someone else first (vet, groomer or friend) who is experienced in nail trimming.

Some dogs never need to have their nails trimmed. Many will naturally wear the nails down or the dried ends of the nails will simply flake away without you even knowing. But some breeds, especially Basset Hounds and Dachshunds will likely need your help in keeping the toe nails reasonably short.

There will be times when you accidentally cut a nail too short. It just happens sometimes, even with experienced groomers. The nail will bleed if you cut it too short, so just be prepared for that.

Get a good nail trimmer. Ask your vet or the clerk in the pet store which kind they recommend. Place the main part of the trimmer in the palm of your hand and the moveable part so that it is controlled by your fingers. You want to be able to see the small cutting blade that slides when you squeeze the handle.

Make sure you're not cutting from the top downward; but rather from underneath. Slide the opening over the end of the nail while staying in the whitish part of the nail. The pink area of the nail is the live part and has blood vessels throughout. Hopefully you'll be able to see where the pink part starts.

If your pooch has dark nails you won't be able to see any pink to know where the live part of the nail starts. Just do a little bit at a time with the dark nails. Check the end of the nail. The dead area usually is whitish and as you cut deeper into the end of the nail you will begin to see a dark area. That dark area is where the live part starts.

When you are ready to cut, make a smooth, quick squeeze on the handle while holding the trimmer steady. Don't try to "pop" the end of the nail off; it will fall away on its own. You can file the edges or just let the dog wear the nail smooth. Taking your dog for a walk on the sidewalk or street can help them file down.

Remember that at some point you will cut too short. When this happens, place a tiny piece of tissue paper tightly against the end of the nail and hold it for a few minutes. Better yet, have some cornstarch or flour available and put a small amount against the bleeding end of the nail, hold it there with your finger. This works right away. Or you can do nothing and the bleeding should stop in about five minutes. If it continues to bleed much more than that, give your vet a call.

Always remember, you can do this. Play with your canine's feet first to get them used to the idea. If you do it once a week, it won't seem like such a tragic event. If you can only do one paw a day, that's ok too. Relax and enjoy your dog!

Suzy Kanninno, webmistress for http://www.wdogtraining.com, is a dog trainer and groomer and operates http://www.wdogtraining.com, the premier dog training site on the internet. Check back for additional articles by Suzy.


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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort? - The New York Times
In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?  The New York Times

Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows - Science Daily
Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows  Science Daily

Pets of the week: Trip and Louie - Billings Gazette
Pets of the week: Trip and Louie  Billings Gazette

PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle | djournal.com - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle | djournal.com  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Dr. Maro: Know the signs of pain in pets - The Times
Dr. Maro: Know the signs of pain in pets  The Times

Wally: Pet of the Week 9-27.20 - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Wally: Pet of the Week 9-27.20  Tyler Morning Telegraph

Pets of the week: Dozer and Haley are two happy, energetic dogs in need of new homes - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Dozer and Haley are two happy, energetic dogs in need of new homes  MLive.com

Poisonous toads roaming in Florida could be deadly for your pets - FOX 35 Orlando
Poisonous toads roaming in Florida could be deadly for your pets  FOX 35 Orlando

Firefighter suffers minor injuries, pets die in fire - The Suffolk News-Herald - Suffolk News-Herald
Firefighter suffers minor injuries, pets die in fire - The Suffolk News-Herald  Suffolk News-Herald

SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals - WABI
SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals  WABI

Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets - WGRZ.com
Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets  WGRZ.com

Clean carpets possess a deeper meaning than just an inviting home - The Daily Nonpareil
Clean carpets possess a deeper meaning than just an inviting home  The Daily Nonpareil

Adoptable pets in Tucson - Arizona Daily Star
Adoptable pets in Tucson  Arizona Daily Star

Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan - nwitimes.com
Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan  nwitimes.com

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game - Today.com
30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game  Today.com

FOTAS: County shelter pets find fantastic forever homes - Charleston Post Courier
FOTAS: County shelter pets find fantastic forever homes  Charleston Post Courier

Points for Pets: Dental disease is most common disease among older cats, dogs - WV News
Points for Pets: Dental disease is most common disease among older cats, dogs  WV News

Buy these stocks to ride the pandemic 'pet boom,' according to Bank of America - CNBC
Buy these stocks to ride the pandemic 'pet boom,' according to Bank of America  CNBC

Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets - THV11.com KTHV
Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets  THV11.com KTHV

PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel - The Franklin Sun
PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel  The Franklin Sun

Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8 - LocalNews8.com
Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic - WLOS
Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic  WLOS

SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke - Lompoc Record
SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke  Lompoc Record

Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown - Earth.com
Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown  Earth.com

Annual pet costume contest goes virtual to raise money for animal groups - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Annual pet costume contest goes virtual to raise money for animal groups  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Check out these solutions for your pets! - yurview.com
Check out these solutions for your pets!  yurview.com

PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits - Chron.com
PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits  Chron.com

Big Flats house fire takes the life of one man and family pets - WETM - MyTwinTiers.com
Big Flats house fire takes the life of one man and family pets  WETM - MyTwinTiers.com

Pets and People: Putting two feet first | Pets And Animals - Frederick News Post
Pets and People: Putting two feet first | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess  WCAX

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Meet our pets of the week: Two Lab mixes and a rooster - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: Two Lab mixes and a rooster  STLtoday.com

Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families - University of Georgia
Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families  University of Georgia

Majority of Pet Owners Admit to Canceling Plans to Hang with Dog Instead, Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Majority of Pet Owners Admit to Canceling Plans to Hang with Dog Instead, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds - Fox News
Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds  Fox News

The Majority Of Pet Owners Admit Cancelling Plans To Hang Out With Their Furry Friends - Tyla
The Majority Of Pet Owners Admit Cancelling Plans To Hang Out With Their Furry Friends  Tyla

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More - Kotaku
You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More  Kotaku

Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event - The Indianapolis Star
Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event  The Indianapolis Star

Sponsor spotlight: Pet safety during a home remodel - My Edmonds News
Sponsor spotlight: Pet safety during a home remodel  My Edmonds News

Local sisters make ‘furrtastic’ accessories for pets - myfox8.com
Local sisters make ‘furrtastic’ accessories for pets  myfox8.com

NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home - New York Post
NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home  New York Post

How to get a pet in Among Us: Step by step guide - Sportskeeda
How to get a pet in Among Us: Step by step guide  Sportskeeda

CBS3 Pet Project: Is Commanding Or Cueing Better For Pet Training? - CBS Philly
CBS3 Pet Project: Is Commanding Or Cueing Better For Pet Training?  CBS Philly

Is your pet's food making you sick? Study finds many don't know the risk - Agri News
Is your pet's food making you sick? Study finds many don't know the risk  Agri News

Blue green algae poses danger to swimmers and pets - 1430wcmy.com
Blue green algae poses danger to swimmers and pets  1430wcmy.com

Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

United Pet Fund in Blue Ash collecting donations Sunday - WKRC TV Cincinnati
United Pet Fund in Blue Ash collecting donations Sunday  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA) - FDA.gov
Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA)  FDA.gov

Lost Dog, Husky/Pitbull Mix in Robbins | Pets | thepilot.com - Southern Pines Pilot
Lost Dog, Husky/Pitbull Mix in Robbins | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

Pet of the Week: Billie Jean - South Bend Tribune
Pet of the Week: Billie Jean  South Bend Tribune

Pets of the week: Darling London has a friendly personality, loves to play fetch - Victoria Advocate
Pets of the week: Darling London has a friendly personality, loves to play fetch  Victoria Advocate

El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank - KVIA El Paso
El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank  KVIA El Paso

Sick 9/11 Hero's Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island - Long Island Press
Sick 9/11 Hero's Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo - Lompoc Record
CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo  Lompoc Record

Pet Toys Market : development, key opportunity, and forecast to 2026 | Kong, chuck it, Jolly pets, Nylabone, Petmate - The Daily Chronicle
Pet Toys Market : development, key opportunity, and forecast to 2026 | Kong, chuck it, Jolly pets, Nylabone, Petmate  The Daily Chronicle

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

COVID-19 roundup: Strong immune response from J&J vaccine as antibodies found in pets | Daily Sabah - Daily Sabah
COVID-19 roundup: Strong immune response from J&J vaccine as antibodies found in pets | Daily Sabah  Daily Sabah

Three rabies cases confirmed in Roanoke City and County; experts remind pet owners to vaccinate their pets - WFXRtv.com
Three rabies cases confirmed in Roanoke City and County; experts remind pet owners to vaccinate their pets  WFXRtv.com

Cuddle with a new friend this fall — adopt a pet: Sept. 26-27 - SILive.com
Cuddle with a new friend this fall — adopt a pet: Sept. 26-27  SILive.com

Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Barney is the perfect family dog. Zelda is just plain adorable  MLive.com

Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend - washingtoncountyinsider.com
Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend  washingtoncountyinsider.com

Here are some of the companies that could benefit from COVID's ‘pet boom’ - MarketWatch
Here are some of the companies that could benefit from COVID's ‘pet boom’  MarketWatch

Dead, Malnourished Pets Found In Camden County; Charges Pending - Lake Expo
Dead, Malnourished Pets Found In Camden County; Charges Pending  Lake Expo

Peter Fischetti: Losing a pet: Her heart failed, and ours broke - The News Herald
Peter Fischetti: Losing a pet: Her heart failed, and ours broke  The News Herald

All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets - Prescott Daily Courier
All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets  Prescott Daily Courier

Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet! - Waterbury Republican American
Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet!  Waterbury Republican American

These household items can be poisonous to your pets - KSAT San Antonio
These household items can be poisonous to your pets  KSAT San Antonio

Keeping pets at a healthy weight - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Keeping pets at a healthy weight  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing - Sun Sentinel
Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing  Sun Sentinel

Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets - KOIN.com
Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets  KOIN.com

Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26 - Ponte Vedra Recorder
World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26  Ponte Vedra Recorder

How Pets May Improve Our Immunity - Psychology Today
How Pets May Improve Our Immunity  Psychology Today

6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets - MSN Money
6 Things to Know About Insuring Your Pets  MSN Money

Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News - Galveston County Daily News
Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News  Galveston County Daily News

Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week - Clark, NJ Patch
Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Roxy - 47abc  WMDT

28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love - CNN
28 top-rated Amazon products your pets will love  CNN

MRI and PET Reveal Parkinson's Is Two Diseases - Diagnostic Imaging
MRI and PET Reveal Parkinson's Is Two Diseases  Diagnostic Imaging

Get cozy with one of these 20 adoptable pets: Sept. 19-20 - SILive.com
Get cozy with one of these 20 adoptable pets: Sept. 19-20  SILive.com

Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires - KPTV.com
Salem animal hospital offers free treatment for pets hurt in area wildfires  KPTV.com

Pet of the week: A senior Lab looking for a good rope toy, and a petite, quiet tabby - Duluth News Tribune
Pet of the week: A senior Lab looking for a good rope toy, and a petite, quiet tabby  Duluth News Tribune

Woman starts community pet food pantry to help owners during the pandemic - Yahoo News
Woman starts community pet food pantry to help owners during the pandemic  Yahoo News

Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap  WATE 6 On Your Side

Pet of the Week: Oliver - County 17
Pet of the Week: Oliver  County 17

PET OF THE WEEK - Sky Hi News
PET OF THE WEEK  Sky Hi News

Pet tortoises are being eaten ALIVE by hungry rats deprived of kitchen scraps during lockdown - Daily Mail
Pet tortoises are being eaten ALIVE by hungry rats deprived of kitchen scraps during lockdown  Daily Mail

The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet - CNBC
The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet  CNBC

Free pet adoptions this weekend at animal shelters - KLAS - 8 News Now
Free pet adoptions this weekend at animal shelters  KLAS - 8 News Now

Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade' - KTIV
Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade'  KTIV

Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food - FOX 7 Austin
Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food  FOX 7 Austin

Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days - PRNewswire
Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days  PRNewswire

Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Yogi - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Yogi  KBTX

Is Your Pet Spoiled? Just A Little Bit! - newstalkkit.com
Is Your Pet Spoiled? Just A Little Bit!  newstalkkit.com

Pets with Potential: Sky - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Sky  WCAX

Advice on raising pets makes most owners have a cow, survey finds - Israel Hayom
Advice on raising pets makes most owners have a cow, survey finds  Israel Hayom

Pet stores at Arizona malls accused of selling 'puppy mill' dogs - The Arizona Republic
Pet stores at Arizona malls accused of selling 'puppy mill' dogs  The Arizona Republic

Local shelter reduces adoption fees during BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event - WILX
Local shelter reduces adoption fees during BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event  WILX

N.J. pets in need: Sept. 21, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: Sept. 21, 2020  nj.com

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