In this Chewtorial we’ll show you how to trim a dog’s nails. No dog grooming routine is complete without a nail trim. We know what you’re thinking: “Do I really have to trim a dog’s nails?” “What if I hurt them?” “It’s so stressful!” These are common thoughts that fill an aspiring home groomer’s head when they hear the tell-tale tap-tap-tapping of doggie nails. But, really, anybody can become a master of the nail trim, an expert in the art of cutting a dog’s nails! Watch this video to learn how to trim a dog’s nails at home in just a few easy steps.

It all starts with having the right dog grooming tools for the job. Some dogs like clippers; some dogs like grinders; all dogs need a trim from time to time, so you’ll have to try out some options to find the right fit for your best friend. Then, lift their paw and isolate their nail for maximum comfort. See the explanation in the video and practice to help you get the technique down. Then, it’s time for the cut. You want to avoid the quick, cut at a 45° angle and take off a little at a time. Do this and you’ll be well on your way to trimming your dog’s nails like a pro in no time. But wait, there’s one last step: reward them! A nail trim can be stressful for your dog, so try to get them to associate their nail care with something really special like a high value treat, an extra long play sesh or just some true quality time with their favorite groomer: you!

Check out this video to learn how to trim a dog’s nails and take your dog grooming skills to the next level. And remember to shop at Chewy for all the grooming products you may need, from nail clippers to shampoo and so much more:

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