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06-29-2014 03:53 PM
my boy diesel this tutorial explains with photos how and where to clip the nail

Clipping a Dog's Claws

down at the bottom of the page is a section with photos on where to find it on black nailed dogs
06-29-2014 03:44 PM
IllinoisNative My dog (chow mix) has a panic attack getting his nails done. When he was a puppy, I took him to Petsmart to for the puppy package. It was like $10 for bath, nail trim, ear cleaning. It was his first one. They clipped him so bad that even that quick stop powder wouldn't stop the bleeding. They had to bandage his entire foot.

This isn't a dog that recovers easily. My GSD/Rottie mix would recover from something traumatic fairly quickly. I've accidentally hit his quick but he never developed a phobic reaction. I could still do it. My chow mix? Not a chance in heck.

To this day (he'll be 9 in August), it takes three people to hold him down and he's about 55lbs. But he feels like a 150lbs when trying to do his nails. The groomer suggested medication. LOL Usually the vet will take him back and do it with help.

It doesn't matter if they grind them or clip them, he has the same reaction. It doesn't matter if I'm in the room or out of the room, he has the same reaction. Sheer terror. And despite that, he never needs to be muzzled because he doesn't know he can bite. It doesn't occur to him.

So his nails are a little longer than normal (nothing too bad) because the thought of going through this makes me delay his nail appointments.

It's the one thing I can't do myself with him. I bathe him, brush his teeth, clean his ears, etc. But nails? Nope.
06-26-2014 11:21 PM
KaiserandStella I prefer to use a Dremel as well and would recommend it over trimmers. Greater room for error (especially important for those that don't know what they are doing) and not painful to the dog. You can take a little off at a time or finish them all at once so it's good for squirmy pups as well.

My dogs don't mind it at all. I usually just sit on the ground or couch next to them, grab a paw in a calm-matter of fact way, and then just start dremeling their nails at my leisure. Don't have to restrain them.
06-21-2014 09:21 AM
Originally Posted by Lwilley View Post
Sorry for the ignorant question, but how do you know when there nails need to be clipped?
A good time to clip the nails is when they are too long. It depends on what kind of dog you have. My late dog was a White Swiss Shepherd and because of that you could see the quick, his nails were see through. But with dogs with dark nails I would probably cut off a little bit every two weeks if the dog doesn't wear them down themselves. I have seen a dog once where it's nails were almost never clipped and she was two lazy, old and comfort loving to go outside often. Her nails got very long and she experienced discomfort while walking. You could clearly hear her nails clicking on hard surfaces. Hope this helps, but yeah, I kind of rely on gut feeling when clipping dark nails.
06-21-2014 05:25 AM
Lwilley Sorry for the ignorant question, but how do you know when there nails need to be clipped?
06-20-2014 10:17 PM
Yoshi Clipping my late dog's nails were so easy! The day after I brought him home and everyday since then I would groom him everyday. I would brush him, touch him anywhere, check ears, mouth etc. And I would also clip his nails. Well, actually for a while he didn't need his nails to be clipped so I would just "pretend" to and would just clip off a flake of nail.

We had a grooming routine and spot where he would sit for me. I then took off his collar, told him to stand and I would brush his back, sides, tail and bum. Then he would sit again and I would brush his neck, face, ears, and chest, check his mouth, ears, and wipe away gunk from his eyes. Next thing he would do was drop/lie down and I would brush his back a little, then I told him to roll over and this is the time I clipped his nails. More often than not he was practically falling asleep when I clipped his nails! After the nails were done I would brush his belly, legs and very gently, around his private area. He loved being brushed on the belly! When that was done, he would sit, then stand and I would pat out the loose hairs. Then he would sit again and I would put his collar back on and then I told him "Done now, off you go!" and he would run off.

I didn't use treats but after the grooming session I would praise him lavishly. When he did protest for grooming when we first started out I would say "no". I think so long as you do it regularly and treat it as matter of fact the dogs shouldn't seem to mind. My dog was always happy for grooming sessions. As soon as I got the brush and clippers he would go to the spot, waiting for me.
06-20-2014 09:22 PM
volcano My girl hates it, the groomer has skills and gets all clipped in a couple minutes. I get about 3 done until shes too much to handle. I got some safari clippers with a depth guard and havent clipped a quick since.
06-20-2014 07:57 PM
DeeBurd I used to take Mollie to the Vet for them to cut her nails(got to be way too expensive & they go too close to the quick & she freaked out). Now I use a Dremel. I taught Mollie that it is not scary having her nails done. She goes into our spare bedroom & I close the door so there are no distractions. She get lots of praise & a few pieces of the Real Meat Air Dried Dog Food during the process. When done, which takes less than 5 minutes now, I give her the Dental Kong with Kong Peanut Butter. This is the ONLY time she gets it(It is her SPECIAL prize!). It is to the point now when I say lets go do your nails & she literally RUNS into that room & waits for me. It took a while but it was WELL worth the effort.
06-20-2014 06:14 PM
Kestrel My dog is easy. I just taught her dog to give a paw and let me do her nails, she is actually happy to have them done and so patient. For bleeding (only happened once so far), I heated up a butter knife on the stove and cauterized it like that, the flour did not work. The heat worked instantly and without a flinch.
06-20-2014 05:56 PM
lhczth I need a LOT of light to do nails now plus my strongest reading glasses. LOL I put all the lights on in the kitchen. Sit on the floor. Call the dog, tell them to down (sometime help them down) and clip the nails. When we are done they get a cookie.
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