Re: I can't do it right, and I'm really frusterated!
There are a few ways to tell where the quick is.
1. Clip a little bit off of the tip, now look at the spot where you just clipped head on, you will probably see the inside is a white-ish circle. Clip a tiny bit more off, little by little until you see a dark dot in the middle of the white, at this point stop. You might be able to go a little further but stopping here is safest.
2. On some nails you can see a slight change in color from a dull black near the base of the nail to shiny black near the tip, clip a little bit in front (closer to the tip) of this color change.
3. Even though it isn't as obvious as the pictures, if you look at the nail closely, there is often a slight change in the shape where the quick ends, clip slightly in front of this change in shape.
4. Sometimes if you put the clippers near the base of the nail and rest the nail on the bottom blade (hope this makes sense) and slowly slide the clipper towards the tip it will 'catch' where the nail changes on the bottom.
That being said, I'm a dog groomer and still quick nails. Sometimes they jerk, sometimes I eyeball it wrong, it happens. Many dogs don't even flinch and I only realize the nail is quicked when it starts to bleed. Just react calmly, apply quick stop, they will be fine! It's no worse than a paper cut.
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