How To Clip Your Dog | Dog Clipping and Grooming

Here are some handy guidelines for safely using clippers on your dog’s coat:
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It is important to start with a clean slate. Dogs often have a negative association with clippers that have been used in the past, so switching to a new pair of clippers that is distinctly different from the old pair gives you and your dog a fresh start. You can opt for a pair of clippers with a different look or choose a completely different type, such as a .
* When clipping your dogs nails, if you see the black spot inside the nail, clip no further.
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With many breeds, clipping and trimming lessens the chances of matting, tangles and the infestation of fleas and other pests, thus reducing the risk of skin infections. It can also help him stay clean and cooler during long, hot summers. Clipping your dog’s coat is easier than you might imagine. With the right clipper, trimmer and scissors, it is simple to give your dog a haircut, saving you money and outside trips. Here’s a great video showing how you can get your dog used to the process of nail clipping:
Photo provided by FlickrIt should take you from 15 to 20 minutes to trim your dog. Feeling ready? Start clipping!
Photo provided by FlickrNot sure about using a grinder? Find out how to clip your dog’s nails with nail clippers, .
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If your dog has never had it's nails cut too short then it's probably the sound of the nail clippers that is frightening them as well as the uneasiness your dog is sensing from you. First of all you need to gain confidence and portray this to the dog clipping nails is easy once you get the hang of it. Find someone strong enough to hold your dog for you; it is really hard to hold the dog and clip the nails at the same time. Have your holder put the dog on a table if possible. This removes some ofthe dog's confidence by disorienting him a bit. Have the holder hug thedog close to his body with one arm by reaching across dog's back and then under his belly and grabbing the dog just above the elbow on the leg closest to his body. The holder should place his other hand under the dog's chin and hold the dog's head pointed in the air. The holder should talk to the dog in soothing tones the entire time. The person clipping the dog's nails can then take the leg opposite the one being held by the holder and clip the nails, also talking to the dog.A myriad of nail trimming tools are available. For rodents, cats, rabbits, ferrets, skunks, turtles, hedgehogs, and birds, regular nail clippers work but they crush the nail, as your pet will tell you with squeaks and squawks. Therefore, are ideal, especially with dogs.House pets often need their nails trimmed if the nail isn’t getting filed down on the outside pavement. If you hear the clickety click of your dog coming down the hallway, he is probably due for a nail clipping. If your cat is easily scratching you and getting snagged in your clothing or the furniture, it is probably time to bust out the clippers. The same is true for rodents, lagomorphs, mustelids, birds, and sometimes even reptiles.3. Pick The Right Equipment!
Scissor style clippers or nail grinders are the best choices when clipping your dog’s nails. Guillotine-style clippers can crush the nail if they aren’t sharp enough. If you choose to use a grinder, make sure to read the directions carefully.1. Get Your Dog Accustom To The Nail Clippers As Soon As You Can!
This means forming an association between the clippers and good things. Show your dog the clippers and give him a treat. Put the clippers near his paws and give him a treat. Do not clip the nails while you are trying to form this association! 5. Less Restraint Is Often More!
Some people make the mistake of trying to restrain their dogs firmly while clipping their nails. In many cases this only exacerbates the situation and makes your dog more uncomfortable with the grooming. Dogs don’t like to be held down and will generally struggle less if they are not. Obvious exceptions are dogs that have aggressive tendencies.