How to Clip a Dog's Nails

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Learn tips and techniques on cutting, trimming or clipping your dog's nails in this free video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Groom a Dog
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Hi! I am Anne-Marie and today we are learning basic dog grooming. In this series, we are going to learn about the nail trim. You will need nail cutters and you need a reliable styptic powder, Quick Stop I think works the best. The nail cutters for cutting the nails, the Quick Stop is just in case you cut a little too far and the nail bleeds a little you need styptic powder to stop the bleeding. You want to be careful not to cut the quick. The quick is a vein that grows inside the nail and comes to the tip, what you are going to cut is the little extra nail that sticks on beyond the quick. It is very hard to tell with the black nail, whether or not you can see where the quick is. On a white nail you can actually see the end of quick. With a black nail I find it easiest to look from underneath. Goony here has a lot of dirt in his nails, but you can sort of see that the quick comes right there into underneath and there only a little bit nail sticking over. May be if we cut it you can see better. If you cut on an angle like this and we will see we did not make anything bleed. Goony gets his nails done very regularly. So we are not going to get out a whole of the nail off of Goony. When doing the nail trim always check the dog for a dewclaw. Some breeders will remove this claw at a young age. So that the dog will not have an extra toenail. Goony does not have a dewclaw. If he did we want to make sure we trim that nail too. Because if that nail gets too long often it will hook on things and pull and cause an injury to that toe, which is very painful. So the importance of keeping your dogs nails trimmed is to make sure that the nails don’t split and to make sure that the dog does not get his nails caught on anything. Now obviously we don’t want to cut Goony on the quick. But we will pretend as if we did and say we had cut the nail here and say it was bleeding. We will take a pinch of the Quick Stop and we would place it on the nail like that right where the blood was and then apply a little pressure from in it. That would instantly stop the bleeding and then you will be done.

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