Clipping Toe Nails
Clipping your dog's toe nails are always the toughest task to complete! Many dogs have experienced pain each time the nails are cut. Accidents happen always because there is no hard and fast rule on how far to cut. Every set of nails is different. Practice with your dog is always the best way. Filing or dremeling will make it easier as well.
Practice with becoming comfortable handling your dog's feet. If your dog has been "quicked" than he/she is timid. Become comfortable first before clipping. Massage each foot and give your dog a really nice treat. Start with small training sessions. As soon as they become comfortable with the massaging of their feet, than move onto using a file.
Some dogs will always squirm, SO bring on the peanut butter. Put peanut butter on your finger while you massage. If necessary have another person help. It may take a great deal of time to work through the fear, but it is possible with consistent practice and patience.
Your dog will trust you first if they are timid about nails before they ever trust anyone else.
After you have achieved comfort with massaging your dog's nails, than file the nails, than you can move onto a dremel which is bar far the safest way. Dremels are very affordable, usually less than $20.00.
What if my dog won't let me cut his/her toenails?
It's very important to teach your dog that cutting toenails is OK, however, that takes patience, time, and consistent practice. First, the dog needs to be put on a table, counter, washer/dryer for this to be successful. Second, make your training sessions short, not more than 3-5 minutes. Third, have a good amount of high value treats, not just the dog food. Fourth, every time your dog lets you hold his/her paw give a treat. Extend this amount of time until the dog is not stressed while his/her foot is being held. Fifth, place the clipper or dremel or sandpaper on a toenail, but do not do anything. Continue that process until there is no stress or pulling away.
All of the above could take months. Please don't force the issue or hurry in helping your dog to feel comfortable and try not to go to another location to clip nails. This usually furthers the dog's terror of having his/her nails cut/trimmed.