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How to clip your dogs claws

When do you need to clip your dogs claws? And how do you do it at home?
Dog getting their claws clipped

Step by step - how to clip your dogs claws

  • Choose claw pliers/claw scissors to suit the size of your dog
  • Choose an occasion when the dog is calm and safe
  • Hold the dog's paw so that you can clearly see the claws. If your dog has light-coloured claws, you can see the pulp
  • Cut a little at a time and you will keep a better eye on not hitting the pulp
  • Don't forget the spurs. They sit higher on the dog's front legs and sometimes on the hind legs. Some dogs may have multiple spurs on both front and back leg

How often should you cut your dog's claws?

Trimming the dog's claws about once a week is usually sufficient. If you have an older dog, or if he finds it unpleasant and does not want to have his claws clipped, it can be good to divide the claw clipping into several occasions. 

Top tips!

  • Make sure you give your dog lots of praise
  • Pliers need to be sharp
  • Use a lamp or head torch so you can direct the light more easily

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