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    The instructions on my guillotine clippers say the same thing - ie that the longer the nail, the longer the quick so you can only ever cut a tiny bit off, and 2mm is quite a lot. Aim for a "slither" or maybe half a mm.

    And we should be practicing getting the dog used to being around the clippers, especially if you hurt the dog last time.

    As per this video - notice how she trains the dog to sit upside down against her chest so she can easily steady the paw and clip accurately.
    YouTube - How to train your dog to relax for nail clipping

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    a couple of posts were spot on in regards to the quick growing.
    You can train the quick to reduce in size.
    If you cut your dogs nail every few days only a mm or so before too long the quick will be alot shorter therefore shorter nails. Just make sure you use clippers that are sharp for a clean cut.
    I use a dog nail file-pedi file it's called. My girl hated it at first but now that i dont give her a choice she knew she was getting it done with or without the tantrums. And now she just sits there. I think i needed a bit of practice as well. I dont use the courser one as i think that would be a little uncomfortable i just use the fine one which is better i think.
    So now that their quick is shorter i do there nails fortnightly before a bath. Clip and then just smooth them over with the file to get the sharp edges off.
    But heres a suggestion if your scared to do there nails. When i had a black lab we lived in a cul de sac, every afternoon i would play feth with Cooper on the road, that kept the nails at a short length (except the dew claw still needed clipping). However i wouldnt suggest this on a busy road, but if like i was and lived near a quiet cul de sac it works great.
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    Just wondering if nails would be easier to clip after a bath or beach trip, I know my own are softer after bath/shower because of the heat and the water.

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    Thanks great photos. We have black nails so usually snip snip with much trepidation. (while trying not to pass my nerves on) Can see now i can probably go back a little further.

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    this is really informative information and by this i really come to knwo how to actually take care of our pets..thaks for sharing this useful knowledge with us..
    health and nutrition is an important issue which should never be ignored

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    I found this thread via Hya's new thread today.

    I just want to add that quicks grow with claws. This means the longer you leave dog claws the more chance quicks will be cut off. The longer nails can affect walking therefore posture etc. as I clip my dogs, yes i spot the blood sometimes (funny enough it is always my s/tzu-I think he has over grown quicks). If mild blooding (if you are careful, should not be too much bleeding) when a quick was cut, I usually try to finish off other claws quickly and clean the whole paw and dip into corn starch (I use a ts of starch on tissue and hold the paw for a while). The starch stops bleeding quite quickly and a dog recovers quite quickly. New puppy owners, please do start claw care earlier. You won't regret it.

    Oops it looks like someone already mentioned about growing quicks!!!
    Last edited by hachna; 10-31-2010 at 11:16 PM.
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    Hi,

    I have a couple of tips for helping dogs to tolerate nail clipping.

    Firstly, get dogs used to having their feet handled. Lots of dogs don't like having their feet handled, even if nothing painful is being done. To get them used to it, regularly examine their feet, feel between their toes and gently squeeze their toes while rewarding them with treats if they tolerate the handling well.

    When they are used to the handling, clip their nails one at a time while giving rewards after clipping each nail. Gradually clip more and more nails between the rewards.

    Secondly, I have found that dogs will tolerate nail clipping better if they know that the nail is about to be clipped. Nail clipping does hurt slightly because the clippers squeeze the nail which then causes pressure on the quick. When you are about to clip a nail, place the clippers at the spot where you need to cut, then "grip" the nail with the clippers by squeezing the handles of the clippers gently. Then increase the pressure slightly, then close the clippers quickly to cut the nail.

    I hope this helps, Cheers.

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