Rhodesians have fast growing nails and this is something you should always take care about!
Your puppy has been taught to cut nails regularly in the kennel. (every 7 -10 days).
You need to work on ensuring that your dog feels comfortable with this task.
Go on your puppy paws as much as you can!
Hold it, press it, play with fingers and nails and do this on a daily basis.
Reward your dog with treat after every nail you cut!
You want them to associate nail trimming with something positive!
Form positive associations with this by rewarding your dog with treats and praise until allows you to clip her nails without getting nervous.
You can do this by gradually introducing your dog to the clippers or the grinder&trimmer and getting used to having her paws handled.
Our secret is also that it is good to cut nails while they are sleepy.
You must continue with by regular cutting to keep him and the reasons are the following:
Puppy will be accustomed!
Your dog will be accustomed and you will always be able to cut the nails without the stress and your dog running out of the room, panting in drama. It will be so much easier to both of you :)
It is definitely better to cut your dog's nails in sofa than to go to the Vet and to have a drama of life....
Please take this seriously!
The "quick" in the nails will not be extended
Too long nails are not good!
When dog nails get too long, it can lead to pain and other serious issues.
Over time, your dog might develop spine and posture problems (like sitting or standing oddly) due to frequently shifting weight because of overgrown nails.
Too-long nails can even lead to difficulty walking, lameness or serious injury; especially if they’re so long that they touch the ground.
In general, nails that are too long can limit your dog’s movements.
The pasterns that begin to bend if they are too long, and thus the statics of the whole body are disturbed, also too long nails for a long time may cause paw deformation.
Nails that are too long are at risk of being torn off, such as if your dog’s nail gets caught on a piece of carpeting or furniture.
This can result in an injury that might require veterinary care if it’s serious enough.
When your dog’s nails hit the floor constantly as dog walks, this can put more pressure on the nail bed. This pressure can cause discomfort that forces your dog to distribute her weight differently while she walks, which can affect the way her toe and paw joints are aligned.
BE COOL AND CONFIDENT IN PROCEDURE!
Ridgebacks are experts in reading our body language and energy.
If your dog reads your inner panic or stress, be sure that the dog be also bee stressed!
When you trim your dog’s nails, hold the clippers at a 45-degree angle.
Clip each nail carefully so that you don’t accidentally cut into the quick, which is the live part of the nail.
NEVER PUT THE WHOLE NAIL INTO CLIPPER!
CUT IT PIECE BY PIECE TILL YOU DO NOT GET CLOSE TO THE LIVE PART OF THE NAIL!
Otherwise your dog will fell the pain and then it is probably The END...
Finito! Good bye.....
Drama is ON forever probably if the dog starts to connect the pain with clippers!
This means stopping before you reach the pink part if your dog has white nails.
For black nails, stop clipping when you no longer see a whitish interior.
What if you cut too much and the nail starts to bleeding?
Your dog moved at the last second, you couldn't see what you were doing, you sneezed at the wrong time—whatever the reason, there's no need to panic if you cut the nail too short.
Simply press a pinch of styptic powder, corn starch or flour to the nail and apply pressure until it stops bleeding, and let the God help you that your dog does not get in drama!
You can also use the antibiotic powder TYROSUR which we recommend to have it at home for any need!
The perfect cutting range ends right before the blood supply.
Front paws are more likely to get overgrown nails and should cut more often that the rear paws!
You should always cut parallel to the bottom.
Millers Forge Nail Clipper With Safety Stop
We looove the Millers....They are pretty silent and do not disturb our dogs, and they are easy to handle!
The blades are sharp and cut smoothly and easily.
Even with lots of use, the stainless-steel blades always held up great, maintaining their sharpness for many years. Millers are comfortable to hold, quiet to use, and easy to maneuver around each nail thanks to the size and thinness of the blades.
These nail clippers also have a quick-guard safety feature and safety lock for safe storage.
Dremel 7760 PawControl Cordless Pet nail Grinding kit
Nail grinders are great for dogs that don't love clippers as well as dogs with black nails since you can't see the quick.
THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!
FIND OUT WHAT YOUR DOG LIKES MORE....NO MATTER IF IT IS THE GRINDER OR CLIPPERS, THE NAILS WILL HAVE TO BE SHORTEN EVERY MONTH.
MORE YOU WILL WORK ON THIS IN EARLY DAYS, THERE WILL BE LESS STRESS FOR ALL OF YOU!
YOU DO NOT DO DRAMA, JUST THE NAILS :)!