Many small dog owners take their pups to the groomer every time their nails need to be trimmed. Most are afraid of hurting their pups, but for many, it is simply that they don't know how to do the job the right.
What you may not realize is that letting your dog's nails grow too long can have disastrous results. The nails can break or split, which in turn can lead to infection. Long nails can also cause your pup's toes, feet, ankles, knees, and hips to be painfully twisted out of line and cause permanent injury. It is essential to keep your small dog's nails trimmed, but it is a job you can do safely at home.
Can you imagine how it would feel if someone put toothpicks under your toenails and then told you that you had to walk on them? This is exactly what it is like for your pup to try and walk around on nails that have been left untrimmed. He counts on you to take care of things like this. Trimming his nails should only take a few minutes once or twice a month--don't be afraid, just do it!
There is no reason why you can't learn to use clippers to trim your pup's nails. This should be part of your regular monthly grooming plan. It doesn't take long, but not keeping up with trimming can seriously affect his ability to walk--it can also lead to permanent injury. Why risk this when it takes less than 20 minutes to groom your pup's nails?