Hey Mighty Paw Fam, Barbara here to talk to you about trimming your dog's nails with our Mighty Paw Dog Nail Clippers.
They're part of our expanding dog grooming line and compliment our grooming brushes, clippers and scissors.
Did you know that generally speaking, you should trim your dog's nails when you can hear them on the floor? On average, that's every 3-4 weeks.
However, it depends a little on your individual dog and lifestyle. Dogs who are more active can typically go a little longer in-between nail trims than those who are couch potatoes.
Either way, it's really important to do this chore regularly because overgrown nails can quickly cause your dog to be uncomfortable and even in pain.
They're perfect for both at home and professional use, so they're definitely worth a look regardless of whether you're "just" a dog parent or a professional groomer.
All About The Mighty Paw Dog Nail Clippers
Features & Benefits Of The Mighty Paw Dog Nail Clippers
- 3.5mm stainless steel blades cut cleanly and effectively
- Safety guard to prevent cutting your dog’s nails too short and causing injury
- Locking switch for safety when not in use
- Non-slip ergonomic handle provides ultimate control and comfort in your hands
- Recommended by vets, trainers, and pet professionals
- Perfect for both home & professional use
- Bonus nail file - each nail clipper comes with a bonus nail file that stores conveniently in the handle
- Available in 2 bright colors
- Stylish design
How To Use The Mighty Paw Dog Nail Clippers
It's best to use our nail clippers when your dog is calm and not full of energy. That's why I suggest to plan your nail trimming session after a long walk or a nice game of fetch.
Take your time & be patient
If your dog is one of those candidates who's not crazy about having their nails trimmed, it's totally OK not to trim them all at once. You can really take your time and do as little as one nail per day.
Dogs are creatures of habit and repetition and need to be exposed to new activities consistently to form a new habit. So keep that in mind when you're working on conditioning them to accept the nail clippers on their nails.
My pup Wally is not a huge fan of having his nails trimmed, but he accepts it. I usually do one paw worth of nails at a time. That causes both of us the least amount of stress!
Reward with treats
Reward your pup with a high value treat and a verbal "good boy/girl" for letting you trim their nails, even if it's just one at a time.
Distract with the Dog Lick Pad
If your pup is still overly anxious come nail trimming time, try to distract them with our Dog Lick Pad. It's a silicone mat with strong suction cups that consists of 4 different quadrants that dogs can lick soft foods off.
Depending on the type of quadrant you use, your dog will be busy up to 30 minutes trying to get to all of the tasty goodness you smeared onto it.
For example, peanut butter, yogurt, pumpkin purée, baby food or ground raw dog food.
It works really well to distract dogs from nail trimming, bath time, or anything else they're not overly fond of! I personally use it to get my pup Wally into the tub come bath time.
Have Your Dog Lie Down Or Stand
If your pup is small to medium in size, it's probably easiest to do their nails when they're lying down. If they're larger, you can have them stand and kneel next to them.
Hold their leg and paw the way you would clean a horse's hoof. That makes nail trimming fairly easy in my opinion.
- Get your puppies used to having their paws handled as soon as they move in with you! That'll make nail trimming and drying paws a lot easier when they're adults. Your vet will appreciate it too for your dog's body exams! I can't tell you how many times I had to struggle with adult client dogs who wouldn't let me dry their paws after a rainy/muddy walk back in my professional dog walking days. They simply hadn't been conditioned to having their paws touched!
- Avoid cutting into the quick. That's the vein that runs through the nail, and it bleeds quite a bit when it's cut into. For those cases, keep some paper towels and styptic powder or corn starch close by. Apply pressure to the nail with the paper towel for 1-2 minutes. If that doesn't stop the bleeding, apply some styptic powder or corn starch. Both stop bleeding nails very quickly.
Are you ready to start trimming your pup's nails with our Mighty Paw Dog Nail Clippers? Pick one up here!
Barbara Rivers writes regularly for Mighty Paw. She is a blogger, raw feeder, former dog walker and maintains the blog K9s Over Coffee.