All my previous dogs have had slow growing claws, but my current whippet boy has nails that require a trim 3 or 4 times a year.
Be particularly careful to keep an eye on your dog’s dew claws, if they have not been removed by their breeder, as these can easily get caught and rip, or can grow back into your dog’s legs. Either way it can be very painful!
Long claws can put your dog’s posture out of alignment, as they throw their weight back onto the heel instead of absorbing impact right through the foot.
Trimming the nails is easy, if your dog has white claws, as you can see where the quick lies. With black claws be careful not to take too much off.
Specialist clippers can be purchased at pet stores and some offer very affordable manicures, if you don’t want to tackle this job yourself.
Ideally, your dog will have had their legs, feet and mouth well handled by their breeders. Those who really resist, may require a soft muzzle.
My own boy is great with his front paws, but his back ones are a bit ticklish. Claw trimming is ideally done by two people, one holding and reassuring the dog, the other, providing the manicure.