How Often Should Dogs Get Their Nails Trimmed?

Nail Trimming

Did you know? Regular dog nail trims will benefit both you and your furry friend. Short nails cause less damage to your floors and furniture in your home. Yet, more importantly, well-maintained nails will prevent pain and discomfort for your pooch. Shorter nails also prevent the traction issues that are present when nails are unruly.

For these reasons, it is safe to say that dog nail trims cannot be overlooked. We recommend clipping and filing your dog’s nails every three to four weeks. If you feel comfortable taking on this task at home, here are some tips to help you with the process:

How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails During Dog Grooming at Home

  • Invest in proper tools: There are many types of products on the market. Have your dog’s groomer can recommend the items that will best suit your dog. Review the instructions provided to familiarize yourself with the tools before you begin the process.
  • Know when it is time for trimming: While every three to four weeks is a general guideline for how often nails need trimming, keep an eye on your pooch. Your dog’s nails are considered too long if they are protruding over the pad. Your dog’s nails should not touch the ground when your dog is standing.
  • Learn about your dog’s paws and nails: There is value in taking the time to understand the parts of your pet’s nails, including the quick and the hard outer surface. Review what you need to know about safe dog nail clipping before you get started. A bad nail trimming experience with your dog increases their anxiety around this important piece of dog grooming and make it harder for you the next time you must do it.  Ask your groomer for advice to make sure you do not clip your pet’s nails too deep.
  • Be patient: Take it slow as both you and your dog get used to the process. Your goal is to make it as calm of an experience as you can for your pet. Begin by clipping one nail at a time. Use quick, smooth motions while holding the nail steady. Reach out to your local groomer if either you or your dog are not comfortable.

Connect with Smoochie Pooch for Dog Nail Trimming Near You

Remember, if either you or your dog is not comfortable with grooming at home, professional support is available. At Smoochie Pooch, we offer pet care and grooming in Indiana which includes dog nail trims. We have various locations throughout northwestern Indiana for your convenience. If you are unable to visit one of our locations, connect with us to arrange an appointment with one of our mobile groomers.

Reach out to make an appointment and learn more.