Biscuits and Bits - Dexter's Dog Care Tips

Nail Trimming Time

Hi!  I’m Dexter! My Lady Mum recently brought me home from a local shelter. She says I was special chosen by her and now I live with her. Did you know “living with” means I stay with her all the time? She calls it “home”.  I really like that word.

Anyway! I’m new to the Bark Park. My Lady Mum just started bringing me here to play. Holy Cow! It is FUN here! I ran and ran and played and sniffed so many things.

It was fun, fun, fun! But Lady Mum says we have a job to do too. We’re gonna share “bits” with you about caring for your dog.


You know what I don’t like?  Getting my nails trimmed.  Lady Mum sat me down and we talked about it. She explained why we had to do it.  Did you know that getting our nails trimmed regular helps to keep us healthy and our legs and joints and stuff feeling good?  I didn’t know that either! Lady Mum explained how it does and how we need to do it regular-like, so, even though I don’t like getting my nails clipped, I’m gonna share some of those tips with you. But you know what helps make it better?  When my Lady Mum says “Good Boy!” and I get a treat afterward!  She’s gentle with my toes, so you should be gentle with your dog’s toes too.

But remember you can’t trim nails very easy on a squirmy or upset dog, so get help from your veterinarian or dog groomer if needed.

Make nail clipping “quality time” you spend with your dog. Lots of kisses, lots of treats and lots of “good boy or good girl”.

TIPS – source in part -

•           Clip nails outside or in a well-lit room.

•           If you don’t see too well and wear glasses or “cheaters” for reading, use them when you are clipping your dog’s nails.

•           Did you know it is easier to see the nail structures on pigmented nails than on white ones? Yep!

•           The insensitive part of the nail will look like a chalky ring around the sensitive quick.

•           Keep clipper blades almost parallel to the nail – never cut across the finger.

•           Don’t squeeze our toes – that hurts!

•           Use your fingers to separate the toes for clipping and hold the paw gently.

•           Make nail trimming fun: always associate nail cutting with treat! Biscuits!  Yay!!

•           It’s a good idea to clip nails on a schedule, every 2-3 weeks. Every 16 days is a good.

One more thing!  If you accidentally DO cut the quick, that’s the sensitive part of the nail, try using corn starch to stop the bleeding.

Oh yea! I almost forgot, Lady Mum said to mention the clippy things! 

 It’s best to use only “scissor” type clippers. Guillotine style clippers crush the toe, which is painful. Never ever put the whole nail in a clipper!

Use small size clippers for better control. Only giant breed dogs will need large ones.

Keep your tools sharp: either replace or sharpen your clippers regularly.

So that’s it! My first job of giving tips to the humans! Yay!! I did it!  Now I gotta go and see if Lady Mum will give me a treat, or maybe we will go for a walk, or maybe just a treat…but remember, I’m just a dog, so if you need help or have specific questions, ya need to ask your pet doctor.

Hey! Maybe me and Lady Mum will see you at the Bark Park sometime! You can visit us at too if ya want! Mum shares our adventures on there, she calls it A Walk In My Paws. Paws…get it?


The information provided is designed to provide helpful information on specific subjects and is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Remember to always consult your veterinarian with any health related questions or issues you may have about your dog.

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