How to Trim Your Puppy’s Nails at Home

In this video, Andrew will be teaching you how to trim your puppy’s nails at home!

Why should i trim my puppy's nails at home?

It is important to make sure your puppy’s nails don’t get out of hand for a couple of reasons.

First, if their nails are too long and they scratch themselves, they could potentially hurt themselves. Especially if they are scratching in their eye area, you wouldn’t want them to scratch their eye!

Next, it is imperative that your puppy’s nails stay trimmed due to the fact that long nails impair their ability to walk properly. This can make it painful for them to walk as well as it doesn’t allow for them to walk with proper posture. There is also a higher risk of their nails getting caught on things, as well as extra stress is put onto their nails which can cause breakage or even tearing.

Materials needed

You don’t need a lot of supplies to be able to trim your puppy’s nails at home. You only really need a pair of dog specific nail trimmers! Ones that we recommend can be found here. If you are uncomfortable using physical nail clippers, we also highly recommend this nail grinder. It comes with a safety guard to ensure that you don’t trim your pup’s nails too short or snag any of their hair into the grinder. 

When your dog is still a puppy, however, you can also use regular human nail clippers on their nails since they are so small and are able to fit in them. Human nail clippers can not be used on larger, adult dogs. 


The first thing you want to do is have someone hold your puppy. Puppies are somewhat uncomfortable about getting their nails trimmed, so they tend to move around and pull their feet away from you quite a bit. This can make it extremely difficult to safely trim their nails on your own.

Once you’re ready to start trimming their nails, start out by just holding and rubbing their paw gently. This will get your pup used to you holding their paw while you are clipping their nails.

Then, gently start to clip the tips of your puppy’s nails. You want to look for the quick, which for pups with white nails, you’ll be able to see where the white nail ends and the red-tinged nail begins. That redness is your pup’s quick, which contains nerves and blood vessels, which is why if you cut into the quick your pup’s nail will bleed. If your puppy has darker or black nails, seeing the quick may be impossible, so we recommend trimming just the tips of their nails to avoid accidentally cutting them too far.

If you are using nail clippers, either dog clippers or human ones, simply repeat this for each of your puppy’s nails! If you have a nail grinder, follow the instructions below.
If you prefer to use the grinder, start out by turning it on for a few seconds before actually using it on your pup’s nails. This will get them used to the somewhat loud sound before it is being physically used on them, which helps prevent a negative response from your pup.

Once your pup has gotten used to the sound of the grinder, you can start to use it to trim their nails.

Carefully insert your pup’s nail into one of the holes in the safety guard. This will ensure that the nail is ground to a proper length, as well as none of their hair gets snagged into the grinder and pulled out.

Repeat this process until every one of your puppy’s nails has been trimmed!

That’s it! You now know how to trim your puppy’s nails at home!

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