4 Easy Steps To Make Nail Clipping Easier


Let me tell you a story. When I got my first Chihuahua, he was only 9 weeks old and so, so tiny. The very first time I tentatively and fearfully attempted to clip his nails, I accidently cut the quick. He yelped and I felt so terrible!

From that time forward, I took him to have his nails clipped by professionals. They may have nipped him too, but they were always behind a door and at least I didn’t have to witness it.

This was a pain in the-you-know-what most of the time, but then I had two Chihuahuas and it was even more of a pain in the butt, not to mention, more expensive! Then I got three Chihuahuas….. well, you get the picture. I decided I had to get over my fear and so did they. They did fine when others clipped them (at least that’s what they always told me), but they sensed my fear and that, of course, made them fearful when I attempted it.

So, if you are like I was, yes, was, then you need this post. It’s now a breeze and is done in a flash. This is what I did:

Why it’s so difficult for some:

Most dogs just don’t like having their paws touched. Nail trimming can be very stressful for you and the dog. But, it doesn’t have to be.  Conditioning the dog to sit calmly while you trim their nails can be simple.

Easy Tips:

Here are tips for making this necessary task much more pleasant for you and them. You will need two people, one to hold the dog (not restrain) and the other to help your dog get used to having his nails trimmed.

  • While one person is holding the dog calmly in their lap they will give the dog treats. The other person will just gently stroke the dog’s paws and stop when the other person stops giving the treats. This will take a little practice to get the timing right. Do this until the dog pays no attention to the one touching their paw.
  • Next, again while one is calmly holding the dog and giving him treats, the other person takes the clippers and just gently taps on the dog’s paw. Do this until the dog pays no attention and continues to remain calm. Allow enough time between treats that the dog begins to associate handling with treats and no handling means no treats.
  • Next, while your assistant gives treats just place the clippers over the nail without clipping. Do this until the dog pays no attention to you and the clippers.
  • Finally, while your assistant is giving the treats begin to clip his nails.



This will take a little time and patience, but soon you no longer will have to give the treats while trimming the nails, but be sure to treat them when you are done so they will continue to associate nail trims with a pleasurable experience.


Questions? E-mail me at: linda@chichisandme.com

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