Just like people, dog’s nails grow constantly, and need regular clipping. If you don’t keep up with your dog’s nails, they will continue to grow and eventually curl around and grow into the pads of their feet, which is extremely painful. The trick to successfully clipping your dog’s nails is conditioning and desensitization. You need to make your dog comfortable with the experience and associate it with positive feelings.
First of all, do not use human clippers. They are made for the flat, thin nails of humans, not the cylindrical, thick nails of dogs. They will crush, split, and splinter your dog’s nails. The best clippers for most sizes of dog are guillotine style, like a cigar cutter. Learn more.