The dreaded task looms before you. You know that your dog’s toenails need to be trimmed. Many outdoor dogs do not need any help in this area. If they spend a lot of time running on cement or gravel, their nails may be getting the required trim naturally. But if your dog spends more hours inside than outside, lucky you, it is up to you to take care of this one way or another. The Pet Supply Company cares about the health and safety of your dog. Come to our remodeled website and shop online for the best tools for this job. Shipping is FREE!
First you need to decide if this is a job for a professional or is it a do-it-yourself kind of task. A professional dog groomer will usually charge a very small fee to take care of your pet’s toenails. Does your pet go to a groomer on a regular basis anyway? If so, then it make sense to simply add this request the next time you take your pet in for a makeover. Easy-peasy, problem solved.
But if you do not take your dog to a groomer consistently or at all, you may want to consider doing this little job yourself. Otherwise, the added stress of going to a new place will just make the nail trimming a more traumatic experience for your pet.
The ASPCA suggests helping your pet become accustomed to having his feet and toes handled by touching them gently every day for a few days prior to the actual nail trimming day. Many dogs hate having their feet touched and will need the extra time to get used to you handling them.
Next you will want to let your dog get used to the trimmers that you plan to use. There are two types of pet nail trimmers. The guillotine style has a small hole for the toenail and a sharp blade comes down through the hole at an angle to cut the nail off. The other nail trimmer style is a basic scissor style. You will find several high quality dog nail trimmers at The Pet Supply Company. It’s easy to order dog nail trimmers online today.)
There is actually a third alternative to these two nail trimmers. Many dog owners use a dremel tool to literally sand the excess toenail away. Again, it would be wise to let your pet become accustomed to the look and sound of this tool before attempting its use. (Order Oster Gentle Paws HERE or the Furminator Grinding Tool HERE.)
Most dogs are not going to sit still for this job. It may take more than one person. One will be the dog holder and the other will be the actual trimmer. A dog that is uncomfortable with his feet being handled will pull away at the first attempt to trim the nail. The dog holder must be ready to hold the bulk of the dog and hold a paw in the correct position for the trimmer.
The ASPCA also suggests making the experience a more pleasant one by offering the dog a treat after each snip. Have a good supply of dog treats close by to help distract your dog as best you can.
Trimming your dog’s toenails is going to require your patience. Do not expect to do this all at once or in a hurry. You may even have to cut only one or two nails a day if your dog becomes highly stressed and agitated. Be ready to stay calm and reassuring.
There are many helpful videos online that will guide you into the precise mechanics of trimming your dog’s nails. You do not want to cut the nail too short as that could lead to bleeding and pain for your pet. Your dog will know if you are nervous about this task, so take your time and do your research before you introduce your dog to the device you decide to use. Click on over to The Pet Supply Company for a great variety of nail trimming tools to choose from! Come by today, shipping is always FREE!