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So our Basset Snickers is 7 months old. We just got her from a friend a couple days ago. I need to clip her nails, but I have heard you have to only cut a small amount off at a time because it hurts the dog. Any suggestions here?

Also, I've noticed that some of her nails are black while others seem to be almost clear. Anyone else come across that? I've had Rottweilers in the past and have never seen it before.

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The reason you clip a bit at a time is that there is a vein in the nail that might be cut if you clip too far. If you cut it, the dog will experience a moment of pain and the nail will bleed. It is NOT the end of the world and the best reaction on your part is to calmly continue clipping and apply Kwik-Stop once you are done clipping the foot.

I prefer to teach my hounds to lie on their sides to have their nails done. I find it easier to handle the feet and to see what I am doing from this position. I give them treats and bellyrubs during the process, but I am also very firm that they must stay in position until I release them. Most of my hounds will actually lie down when I pull out the clippers.

If you are at all nervous about doing them, have a groomer do it. I recommend at least once a month if having a groomer do it, if you are able to do it yourself I recommend weekly trimming so that you only have to remove a small amount and also so that it becomes routine for your dog.
 

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I have heard you have to only cut a small amount off at a time because it hurts the dog. Any suggestions here?
that is not exactly true on cutting into the quick or using dull clipper so the nail is squeeze more than cut causes pain. Black nails can be a bit of a pain because the quick is not ready visable. This is one reasin for the take a bit off at a time approach becuse that way you can notice sign you are approaching the quick

Clipping a Dog's Claws (Toenails)
It is illustrated and demonstrates when to stop cutting black toe nails to avoid the quick BTW a mixture of black and clear toe nails in a basset is quite common probable more the norm than exclusively one type or the other.

Finding a pair of toe nail cliipper that are stong and large enough for basset nails yet sharp enough the cut more than squeeze is not easy. I use the Large orange handled variety from Miller Fordge but will never buy online because I reject a lot of them wile test in a store. They have a burr. the pivot joint is two tight or loose etc. Even then I by two or more and use only the best pair after test on the dog.

Provided the dog does not have a fear of motor or other high pitched sounds one way to avoid the problem inheirent in clipper is using a dremel or other tool specifically designed to grind/file a dogs nail.

How I Dremel Dog Nails
 

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I give them treats and bellyrubs during the process,
If you have two people this process is even easier on feeds/treats while the other clips. It becomes classical conditioning, like pavlovs dogs, the clipper become associated with treats. I have one dog that use to require muzzling when triming nials that commes running now when the clippers comes out.

I prefer to teach my hounds to lie on their sides to have their nails done. I find it easier to handle the feet and to see what I am doing from this position.
I prefer the dog standing And I then bend the paw I am trimming up at the carpsal ( wrist/ankle) I find I get less of the leg wrestling/pulling away in this postion But I am fairly ambidectress and can use either hand to hold or trim which makes that a lot esier. It all comes down to personal prefference and what works for you. I must say the one dog I have of Mirriams aka Soundtrack I do trim when she is on her side bcause well that is what is confortable for her.
 

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I take Flash to Petsmart to get his nails clipped. I've been taking him once every 4-6 weeks. Last time they told me they couldn't clip much off because he has long quicks. They said if I brought him in every 2 weeks the quicks would eventually recede so they could cut more off and he would have shorter nails.

Any truth to this or are they just trying to get more money out of me?
 

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Here is a website with pictures:
Clipping a Dog's Claws

I'd recommend going to a groomer and asking them to show you how to do it. It's $9 at the Petsmart by me to get them to do it. Bring your vaccination record with you, as some require proof of rabies vaccine or they'll muzzle your dog.
 

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I take Flash to Petsmart to get his nails clipped. I've been taking him once every 4-6 weeks. Last time they told me they couldn't clip much off because he has long quicks. They said if I brought him in every 2 weeks the quicks would eventually recede so they could cut more off and he would have shorter nails.

Any truth to this or are they just trying to get more money out of me?
Yes, frequently clipping or better yet dremmelling the nails as close to the quick as possible will gradually cause the quicks to recede, just as letting the nails grow very long causes the quicks to grow longer. It is a slow process though.

Another option if your dog has to go under anesthetic for any reason is to ask your vet to whack the nails right back while the dog is under.
 

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Another option if your dog has to go under anesthetic for any reason is to ask your vet to whack the nails right back while the dog is under
While I general perfer the when the dog is under shortening , there are a number a vets that for whatever reason won't do it.
 

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Our vet trimmed 'Nolli for us during her first visit after we adopted her because she was in sad shape. She hadn't been abused just kind of neglected. He said bassets are the worst dogs to trim, but she just stood there and tried to give him kisses while he clipped them real. He clipped the quick on a couple and she was bleeding but she didn't even react so we didn't realize it happend till we saw blood.
 

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I cut R & S's nails every week along with scaling their teeth. They know when the plastic bin comes out it's time for grooming. I do prefer them to lay on their sides when I do their nails. I've done it since I got them so they come running. Lucky me!
 

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When I got my two 9-week old sisters, my breeder had already been trimming their nails once a week, just a tiny bit at a time and he said that if I kept this up every week, their nails would remain neat and my hounds would be used to having it done and would take no notice as they got older. He said that if they didn't need doing one week, to carry on handling their feet as though I was trimming them and they'd think it's part of their routine.

We walk mostly around the fields, lanes and along the beach as I don't like walking along roads because of living in the country and liking the countryside, wildlife ec so their nails aren't worn down like some people's dogs' claws who walk on roads and pavements, so now their nails are thick and hard, I find it easier to dremel them and once they got used to the sound and get a few treats, they are fine about getting it done.

I have seen some Bassets on YouTube with really long talons and it must be painful to walk with them... or maybe they are long because they don't get walked at all!!!! Edit:: I was told that if clipped to the quick and they bleed, to push some cornflour into the cut and it will absorb the blood and the bleeding will soon stop.
 

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I cut R & S's nails every week along with scaling their teeth. They know when the plastic bin comes out it's time for grooming. I do prefer them to lay on their sides when I do their nails. I've done it since I got them so they come running. Lucky me!
How on earth do you get your dog to handle/stay still for scaling their teeth? LOL we have trouble just getting ours to hold still to brush them each night before bed.
 

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How on earth do you get your dog to handle/stay still for scaling their teeth? LOL we have trouble just getting ours to hold still to brush them each night before bed.
Scaling??? My dogs love having their teeth brushed but how do you 'scale' your dogs' teeth?
Or is 'scaling' in your country the same as 'brushing' here?
 
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