How to Do a Doggy Manicure at Home

How to Do a Doggy Manicure at Home

Last update: 02 July, 2018

Having a pet can be expensive. All of the vaccines, chips, food, and other expenses add up every month. And that’s not including taking them to the doggy groomer to get their hair and nails done. Continue reading to learn how to do a manicure on your do at home.

Learning how to do things will save you money. Even if your dog’s hair is too complicated to trim yourself, a manicure is simpler than you can imagine. You can do it at home without a problem. First, let’s go over the answer of some questions you might have.

Why do I have to trim my dog’s nails?

Canine Manicure

A dog’s nails grow very quickly, just like ours. They are able to file them down to a certain extent while walking, but it’s not enough.

When dogs’ nails grow too long, they curve and become painful and annoying for them. This can even change their gait and lead on to other issues. In addition, if they grow too much, they can cause bothersome wounds and sores on their toes.

How often should I trim his nails?

How often you should trim your dog’s nails depends on the size, breed, and weight of your dog. It also varies depending on how much the dog walks. As mentioned earlier, a dog’s nails file on their own by walking. The more active he is, the longer it can go without having to trim them.

However, it’s better to trim your dog’s nails at least once a month. If your dog is small or sedentary, you should trim them every two months.

How do I do a manicure on my dog at home?

To figure out the right time to trim your dog’s nails, just listen to the sound of his steps. If his nails making a clicking sound on the floor, no matter what material the floor is made of, it’s because the nails are already grown out and need to be trimmed.

cute dog paws

Follow these steps:

  1. Calm your dog down: If you immediately grab your dog and start trimming, you’ll probably frighten him. He will feel uncomfortable and want to escape. Therefore, look for a moment when you’re both relaxed. You also need to be calm in order to do a good job.
  2. Choose your tools well: Affordable dog clippers area manufactured to trim your dog’s nails correctly. Unlike normal clippers, you won’t need to clean up the nail afterwards.
  3. Start when your dog is a puppy and be consistent: If your dog gets used to getting a manicure at an early age, he will be more willing do it when he’s grown up.
  4. Don’t trim the pink part: Dog nails have two parts: the white part is the keratin, and the pink part has capillary vessels and nerve endings. Make sure you have good lighting to distinguish between the two. Don’t trim your dog’s nails so much if you have any doubts. You can always do it again later.
  5. Emit positive energies to your dog: Your dog might dislike getting a manicure, so speak softly to him and maybe even give him a treat. Your dog will always want spotless nails and look forward to its next “doggicure”!


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.