How to Trim a Dog's Claws

15 - 20 Minutes
1 Month


One of the worst things about your pup having long toenails is the amount of pain they can cause. This is because as his nails hit the floor with each step he takes, the pressure on his nails pushes them back into the tips of his toes. Can you imagine having to walk around like this all day long? 

Not only is this painful, but it can also cause excessive pressure on his joints, leading to deformed toes. Long toenails can also cause his paws to be closer together than they should be, leading to serious hip and shoulder problems in later life. 

Dog's Perspective

Chances are good your pup isn't going to be very happy about having his nails trimmed, it is a completely unnatural act. But if you start doing so at a young age, he will get used to the process. At the same time, you can bet your pup does not want to walk around on feet that hurt with every step he takes, every move he makes. You may even notice that when you let your pup's nails get too long, he spends far more time lying around than up on his feet. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Be sure to give your dog time to get used to the toenail clippers before you start. This will help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Be calm and relaxed, if you are nervous or stressed, your dog will pick up on and behave in the same way.
  • Try taking a nice walk with your pup to tire him out before you start.
  • Take your time at first, giving your pup time to get used to having his nails trimmed.
  • Never use nail polish made for humans on your dog's nails and never paint nails that are broken or split. 


The more time you spend at first giving your dog time to get used to the entire process, this will make future trimmings much easier. Be sure to keep a close eye on the length of your pup's nails, when you can hear them clicking on the floor, it might be time to trim them. Keep your pup's favorite treats on hand as rewards and try to make the process as much fun as possible for both of you. 

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