Keeping your dog’s nails short helps him keep a good grip on surfaces so he doesn’t slip. And long nails can make your dog walk in an awkward way or catch and damage his feet. Thus it is important to trim your dog’s nails regularly. Start when your dog is young so it becomes routine. Handle your dog’s feet and nails so he gets accustomed to your touch. When you are ready to cut your dog’s nails, act efficiently. Grasp your dog’s foot and trim the nails a little at a time while avoiding the quick. The quick is the nerve and blood supply to the nail and will hurt and bleed if nicked. Continue trimming each nail as long as your dog doesn’t resist. If so, just try another time. Don’t yell at your dog or punish him if he resists. Learn more from your Marion, IA veterinary clinic.