What is a safe way to restrain a dog before trimming her claws?

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Many dogs don’t like having their nails trimmed, but nail trimming is an important part of a dog’s comfort, and his overall health. Left untrimmed, nails can become long and break more easily. A dog walks on his nails, like a horse, so long nails can also cause discomfort when walking and contribute to arthritis later in life.

While some dog owners choose to take their dog to a groomer or their veterinarian in order to have a dog’s nails trimmed, many choose to trim their dog’s nails at home. Since dogs generally don’t like nail trimming, it’s important to have your dog in a safe, secure and comfortable place when you trim your dog’s nails.

For large dogs or dogs that particularly don’t like having their nails trimmed, it’s a good idea to have someone else help you trim your dog’s nails so that they can safely restrain your dog while you trim the nail. Have your helper hold your dog steady, and hold up each paw when trimming the nails. This will reduce the chances of your dog jerking his paw back, causing you to cut the nail improperly or too close to the quick. This will also keep your dog immobile during the entire nail trimming process.

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