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3 Stress-Free Tips For Trimming Your Dog's Nails

by Agustin Gimenez

Many dog owners are anxious when it comes to trimming their dog's nails. You know that if your dog's nails are too long it's uncomfortable for them and bad for your floors and furniture. But trimming their nails can be nerve-wracking if you don't know what you're doing. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep your dog's nails neatly trimmed without undue stress for either you or your dog. Here are three stress-free tips for trimming your dog's nails:

Take Them on Lots of Walks

One of the easiest ways to keep your dog's nails trimmed is to take them on plenty of long walks. As your dog's nails repeatedly make contact with the concrete sidewalk, they will naturally become filed down. If you take them on runs this method will be even more effective since their nails will be filed with more force and speed.

If you have a concrete patio or dog run, you can get some of the same nail trimming benefits from simply throwing a tennis ball and letting your dog run around on the concrete. Bear in mind that if your dog's nails are already overly long, this method won't help much, and in fact your dog may find walks uncomfortable if their nails are super long.

Buy a Power Grooming Tool

Sometimes dogs that are frightened by nail clippers are surprisingly okay with power grooming tools designed specifically to trim pet nails. These tools work to quickly file down nails and are completely pain-free. They are also designed to be much more quiet than other kinds of power drills. Just be sure when using one to keep it away from your pet's fur, so the fur doesn't get caught.

Take Them to the Groomer

Hiring a pet groomer like All Creatures Inn to trim your dog's nails is probably the most stress-free option of all. A professional pet groomer knows the quickest and most efficient way to clip a dog's nails, and pet groomers are also experienced at calming down an anxious dog.

Plus, while your dog is at the groomer's they can also have a nice bath, have their hair combed and trimmed if necessary, and even get their ears and teeth cleaned.

Trimming your dog's nails doesn't have to be stressful for you or your pet. By finding low-stress ways to keep your dog's nails nicely trimmed, your dog will be more well-groomed and you will feel like a great pet owner.