Wordless Wednesday – Dog Nail Trimming for Fuzzy Paws

Pierson's Fuzzy Paws 3

The best part about trimming dog nails is that I get to play with these cute fuzzy paws!

On Saturday I asked about trimming the long hair on Pierson’s paws. I listed what I thought were some pros and cons. After doing more research and reading your comments, I’ve decided it is not necessary to trim Pierson’s hair on his paws. I play with his feet often and have never noticed any mats or debris. I will always keep an eye out and reconsider if things change.

I do, however, think it is necessary to keep up with trimming his toenails. Maya’s too. Since Maya and Pierson are primarily indoor dogs, I trim their toenails every week almost every week. Thankfully, I have the best dogs ever when it comes to dog nail trimming, and even with teeth brushing. Here are some pictures:

My Dog Likes Belly Rubs

Pierson likes to lie down while I cut his toenails. It gives him the perfect opportunity to solicit more belly rubs.

Trimming Black Dog Nails

Pierson’s nails are black. Since I’ve had years of practice with cutting my dog Sephi’s black toenails, cutting Pierson’s black nails is very easy for me.

Don't Cut Dog Nail Too Short

I have never accidentally cut Pierson’s toenails too short.

Good Dog Getting Toenails Trimmed

Pierson is very cooperative when I cut his nails. It takes about 30 seconds or less per foot.

Close-Up of Dog Paw Toenails

Maya likes to sit or stand while I cut her toenails.

Close-Up of Dog Paw Clear Toenails

You’d think because Maya’s toenails are clear that trimming her nails would be easier. It’s not. I’ve accidentally cut too short four times in her six years of life. 😦

Dog Toothbrush Toothpaste

Pierson eats poop left by the wild rabbits living under our shed so I have to brush his teeth every day.

Dog Pierson Licking Toothbrush

Pierson is also very good about getting his teeth brushed. He actually likes the taste of the toothpaste.

Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Maya has great teeth. I don’t need to brush her teeth as often as I brush Pierson’s.

Maya and Pierson say best thing about dog nail trimming is the treats they get afterward! 🙂

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18 Responses to “Wordless Wednesday – Dog Nail Trimming for Fuzzy Paws”

  1. Oz the Terrier Says:

    Oh you are brave! Ma is afraid to trim my nails herself!!

    • ILoveDogs Says:

      I was afraid too. But when Sephi’s nails started getting too long, I asked the vet to show me how to do it. She gave me some great tips and I was able to visually see the things to specifically look out for. I’ve been doing it ever since.

  2. mollieandalfie Says:

    BOL Humom is too scared to give me a pedicure.. What adorable tootsies you have xxoox

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. Carrie Ann Says:

    You are a good pet parent keeping those teeth and nails in tip top shape. My Pierre gets his done at the groomer. I’m too scared I’ll cut him. Thanks for sharing how you do it for your pups. It doesn’t look as intimidating as I make it out to be in my mind.

  4. 2browndawgs Says:

    Thunder’s nails are so big, it is kind of hard to cut them. You need big clippers and strong hands…lol. Perhaps Maya’s quicks are longer than Pierson’s?

    • ILoveDogs Says:

      Wow, Thunder’s nails really are as tough as nails! Yes, Maya’s quicks are a little longer than Pierson’s. I heard from a groomer that the quick on Labs doesn’t recede as easily as in other dogs. So it is doubly important I try to keep up with her nails on a weekly basis.

  5. Sadie Mae Says:

    Eeek, I’m still too scared.
    I do the teeth but no to toes.
    Cute pics!

  6. PepperPom Says:

    I have black nails too, 99% of the time the groomer or vet trims mine. Mom has tried it a few times, but she only tips them. She is scared she would “quick” me. The groomer trims my paw fur. I slip and slide on flooring when I need my paw fur trimmed.

  7. onebluedog Says:

    It’s true that light nails are easier to quick than you’d think!

  8. kirbysdawgblog Says:

    I think a post on how to cut black nails would be excellent. I actually got taught as well in a class how to cut them, but it still freaks me out so any tips would be much loved!

  9. Clowie Says:

    I agree the best part of nail trimming is the treats afterwards.

  10. Joanne Says:

    what enticing flavour of toothpaste do you use ???

  11. weliveinaflat Says:

    Oh I’ve been trying to clean my dog’s teeth with toothpaste!! but she likes the taste so much she licks them off as soon as I start brush so I can’t really brush her teeth properly yet. Any tips/tricks to share? I really appreciate it!!

    • ILoveDogs Says:

      Tropiclean gel is perfect for you then! When the gel is put on your dog’s teeth, his tongue movement as he tries to get it off and swallow it actually helps to move the gel around his mouth. It is currently only $9 on Amazon – http://astore.amazon.com/dog-health-products-20/detail/B00379KT66 . It says no brushing is necessary, but you still can if you want better results.

      • weliveinaflat Says:

        Oh I was already using the tropiclean brushing gel (not sure if its the same thing). The bottle does say to brush everyday for 30days. I didn’t know the tongue movement helps move it around the mouth and it helps. I just thought – eep, she’s licking and eating it before I can even brush her teeth properly! 😛

        On nail cutting, Donna really doesn’t like it so we only cut a little bit at a time and so she has pretty long claws 😛

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