STEP 2: Introduce The Nail Clipper To Your Dog
To help your dog relax
, you should try introducing him to the nail clipper first. Gently hold his paws and rub the nail clipper against his nails. You may also want to provide your dog with treats as you do so.
STEP 3: Start Cutting The Nail
Once your dog is all relaxed
, you may now proceed to cutting his nails.
Firmly hold your dog’s paw and then select one nail. Try to push away any stray furs from the nail. Once the nail is completely exposed, place your nail clipper below the quick at a 45 degree angle, and then perform a swift cut.
If your nail clipper comes with a guide that swivels around one side of the cutter, you may use it to find out how long you should cut off from your dog’s nail.
Before you cut the nail, use the guide to cover the other side of the clipper and place your dog’s uncut nails in the opening of the clipper until the nail slightly touches the guide.
If your dog is feeling uneasy, you may give him a small treat first before proceeding to the next nail.
STEP 4: Finish Up Your Dog’s Nails
After cutting your dog’s nails, simply apply a thin coat of olive oil to each of your dog’s nails to prevent flaking and to seal them all up. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University has detailed images
of each step in clipping your dog's nails if you want to see more pictures.