If you have a doodle or retriever (or another long-haired dog breed where matting is an issue), then investing in regular grooming is an important part of your pup’s care. While going to the groomer’s is great, there are some grooming activities that you can manage at home—nail trimming is one of them. Here’s an overview of why trimming your dog’s nails is important and how to do it in a way that’s effective and pain-free for them.
Nail trimming is an essential part of dog grooming. If nails are too long, they risk getting caught and torn off—something that can be very painful for a dog. In addition to avoiding an injury such as this, long nails may make it harder for your dog to comfortably walk around. For those who are concerned about their nice floors, long nails may also scratch wood and other soft surfaces. Nails that are too long can also chip or break.
Fortunately, trimming your dog’s nails is something that you can safely and comfortably do at home in between visiting the groomer. Here are some tips for nail trimming:
If you’re still not comfortable trimming your dog’s nails at home on your own, you can always ask the groomer to show you a trick or two! Practicing while a professional is watching can be helpful.