Trimming a small dog's nails is the kind of chore that has many owners shaking in their boots. While it would be nice if you could just let your pup's nails grow and wear down on their own, this is not good for your pup's feet or his overall health. Not only can overly long nails be painful, but they can lead to your pup walking awkwardly. This can lead to changes in his posture, muscle, tendon or ligament strains, and even arthritis. Trimming nails is really quite easy once you have mastered the skill and should only take a few minutes.
Picture this: your toenails have grown out to the point where the push into your toes and twist them with every step. Can you imagine the pain and discomfort? Well, this is exactly what your pup goes through every time you let his nails get too long. Is this really fair when it only takes a few minutes to keep them properly trimmed?
There really isn't a good reason why you can't learn to trim your pup's nails. It just takes time and patience on both of your parts. At first, let your pup set the pace and use plenty of treats to get him used to having his nails trimmed. Eventually, it should take less than 20 minutes from start to finish.