Trimming a dog's nails can be a daunting task, especially if it's your first time. However, with the right guidance and tools, the process can be straightforward and stress-free for both you and your furry friend. In this guide, we'll walk you through how to safely and effectively trim your dog's nails, adding a fun twist with the use of peanut butter, as you might have seen on TikTok!

Step 1: Preparation

Before starting, it's crucial to have the right tools on hand. Invest in a quality nail clipper designed for dogs, and make sure your dog is calm and relaxed. It might be a good idea to take a long walk or engage in some playtime to tire your dog out first.

Step 2: Choose the Right Time

Pick a time of day when your dog is most relaxed, such as after a good walk or a meal. It's essential that both you and your dog are in a calm state of mind.

Step 3: Find the Method that Suits Your Dog

The TikTok Peanut Butter Trick

This is where the fun begins! Apply a little peanut butter to your forehead. This TikTok hack has proven to be an excellent way to keep your dog distracted while you trim the nails. Your dog will be occupied licking the peanut butter, giving you the opportunity to trim the nails with minimal fuss.

The Fabric Bag Method

An innovative approach involves using a soft fabric bag with holes cut out for the dog's paws. You can hang the bag so that your dog is comfortable, with its paws poking out through the holes. This gives you access to the nails while your dog remains calm and secure. You can learn more about this method here.

The Soothing Touch

Some dogs feel more comfortable with a reassuring touch. Gently massage your dog's paws before and after the nail trimming. This helps soothe your dog and makes the process more pleasant for them.

The Toy Distraction

If your dog is playful, a new or favorite toy can be a great way to divert their attention while you handle the nail trimming. Offer your dog the toy to chew or play with as you trim the nails.

Step 4: Trim the Nails

Hold your dog's paw gently and start by trimming just a bit off the nail tip. It's better to trim too little than too much. If you cut too deep, you may hit the nail's blood vessel, causing pain and bleeding.

Step 5: Calm and Reward

After trimming all the nails, be sure to lavish your dog with praise and offer some treats as a reward. This will help create positive associations with nail trimming, making the task easier next time.


With some preparation, the right equipment, and a few handy tricks, nail trimming can become a positive experience for both you and your dog. Remember, patience and positive reinforcement are the keys to successful nail trimming. 

Are you not comfortable trimming your dog's nails, well no worries, we’ve got your back! Create a task on our app and find a doer who’s experienced and up for the task. If not, you can always contact your vet and have them fix the task for you!

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Dog nail trimming FAQ & Facts

‍Can you file a dog's nails?‍

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Yes, it is indeed possible to file a dog's nails instead of cutting them. There are specific electric nail files designed for dogs, and some owners prefer this method as it can be less stressful for the dog than clipping. 

When are a dog's nails too long?

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‍A dog's nails are considered too long if they touch the ground when the dog stands or if you can hear them click on a hard surface when the dog walks. Overly long nails can cause discomfort or injury to the dog.‍

How much of a dog's nails should you trim?‍

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You should only trim the outermost part of the dog's nails where there are no blood vessels. Trim a little at a time and avoid cutting too deep, as this can harm the dog and cause bleeding.‍

How do you trim the nails of a reluctant dog?

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‍For a dog that is anxious or unwilling, you can use positive reinforcements like treats and praise. Distract the dog with toys or, as previously mentioned, peanut butter. If it remains a challenge, it might be a good idea to seek help from a professional.‍

How do I train my dog to have its nails trimmed?‍

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Start early by getting the dog accustomed to having its paws touched. Praise and give treats when it allows you to handle its paws. Gradually, you can introduce the nail clipper so the dog becomes familiar with its appearance and sound.‍

How much does it cost to have a dog's nails trimmed?‍

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The cost of having a dog's nails trimmed varies depending on the location and whether it's done by a professional dog groomer or a veterinarian. But, with our app Shouter, you get to decide the price of the task. - It's always a good idea to research local prices or contact your local veterinarian for an exact quote.