Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Guide to Trimming Nails

Trimming a dog's nails is important for all breeds of dogs, not just Golden Retrievers.  Long nails can break, bleed, and lead to infection.  They can also cause skeletal damage. 


Many dogs resist nail trimming, but turning it into a positive experience can help both owners and dogs.  An important thing to remember is don't rush.

Our Monty was a struggle to trim.  We started out by trimming one nail, and then playing tug with him until he calmed down.  Then we'd trim the next nail.  ...and yes, it could take up to an hour to trim his nails.  We inspected his paws every two weeks using this same technique, whether or not he needed his nails trimmed.  We are now down to 15 minutes to trim his nails.  If we feel him tensing up, we stop and start playing with him again. 

An important thing to note - inspect your clippers.  If your dog is fighting you, it could be your blade is dull and is hurting him when you squeeze.  If this seems to be the case, replace them or get the blade sharpened.

70 comments:

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

My suggestion would be to get a dremel to do the nails - that's what I use on my westies so there is no change to cut the quick.

The Life of Riley said...

With Riley and Enzo it is hard to trim thier nails (as they think it is a game and pull thier paws away). They also both have black nails (unlike our first golden retriever who had white nails so you could see the quick), so I'm a a bit worried in case I cut too much off and they sense this. Even our vet couldn't manage to clip Enzo's nails, as he kept moving away! However I found a great groomer, and in a couple of minutes all nails are clipped and sanded. Both dogs just stand there and let him do whatever he wants. I think it must be his confident manner. In between seeing him I practice getting my two Goldies used to me holding thier paws and seeing the nail clipper. Perhaps one day I'll be able to trim their nails again.

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