Trimming Dog's Nails - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Hi my name is Jeana Ward, I am the owner of Jeana’s Dirty Dog Salon in Cambridge Massachusetts. How to properly approach your dog to clip their toe nails, you always place your hands on the withers running your hand down the dog's spine in two foot you want to pick up, never grip the foot, just hold the foot, if your dog pulls their foot, let them pull it, and pick the foot back up, when clipping the nail itself, you want to make sure you know where the quick is at, or at least, stay away from the quick. You do not want to hurt your dog, and you can hurt your dog you can make them bleed, you should also always have sitting close to you a Styptic Powder Quickstop is usually a good one, so that if you do hit a quick, you can stop apologize to your dog, let them know that you have hurt them and you know it and you did not mean to. Now I am going to show you how to clip your small breed's nails it is easier if you have someone hold your dog up for you and, when you clip the nail again its easier, if you are holding the dog slightly away from your body so it does not have leverage to get away and you just going to clip the nails. One of the ways that I avoid hitting quick’s, is by using the fingers that are holding the dog’s nails and putting them where I want to stop clipping. So you basically using them as a guard and in that way, the dog snatching or jerking will not force you to go beyond a certain point and, Gigi you are such a good girl, it is very important that you tell your dog, while you are doing these dreaded things to them, that they are really good.