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The Easiest Way To Trim A Dog's Toenails Is Not To Need To! How To Avoid Clipping Your Dog's Nails

Updated on March 31, 2013

A Healthy Dog Has Healthy Toenails! Naturally!

I have had dogs all my life, and I have never trimmed a dog's toenails!  Not once!  The reason is that my dog's toenails don't need trimming  - ever!  I keep my dogs healthy and active, and they wear down their toenails naturally.  There are a lot of benefits to this method, not the least of which is never having to struggle to trim a dog's toenails!

I hope my suggestions for natural dog toenail maintenance are helpful to you and your dog! 

A Great Way To Trim Your Dog's Toenails!

Dog & Bike  Photographer: wrex:
Dog & Bike Photographer: wrex:

Bicycling Is A Wonderful Way To Trim Your Dog's Toenails...

...and your thighs!

I take my two big dogs out for a two-mile bike ride every day if it is not too cold and/or windy.  It is great exercise for them and for me, and it gives us a nice break to look forward to every day.   

Not A Good Way To Trim Your Dog's Toenails!

You would not believe how long my toenails are! Photographer: sutefani in Orlando:
You would not believe how long my toenails are! Photographer: sutefani in Orlando:

Another Great Way To Trim Your Dog's Toenails!

Dog With Frisbee: Boom’s True Love Photographer: agile dogs:
Dog With Frisbee: Boom’s True Love Photographer: agile dogs:

Zooming Dog Toenail Trimmers

Dogs & Frisbees Go Together!

I have almost never met a dog who didn't love a frisbee! Running, jumping and catching is great physical and mental exercise for your dog. Throwing a frisbee is good exercise for you! If you choose an illuminated or glow-in-the-dark frisbee, you can even take frisbee breaks at night! Of course, be sure that you and your dog are always safe!

Taking 15 minutes to throw a frisbee for your dog will give you and your dog a nice break, a time to bond, and an opportunity to spend some time out in the open and the fresh air.

And of course, it is a greatactive way to trim your dog's toenails!

And Yet, Another Great Way To Trim Your Dog's Toenails!

I'm Having A Grand Time! Photographer: Cjcj: stock.xchng Image License Agreement.
I'm Having A Grand Time! Photographer: Cjcj: stock.xchng Image License Agreement.

Bouncy, Pouncy, Trouncy Fun!

And great, active toenail trimming, too!

Dogs love bouncy balls and toys for catching, fetching, chasing and chewing.  A good quality dog ball will give your dog and you nice variety from frisbees.  Playing with a ball is a little bit different than a frisbee and takes a different set of skills for both you and your dog.  You can play a lot of bouncing, catching, and tag games with a ball. 

Bouncing a ball is good exercise for hands that have been busy typing or doing other fine motor type work all day.  Throwing is excellent exercise.  Just watching the ball fly is a nice break for your eyes if you spend a lot of time on close work or even just watching television at the same distance continuously.

Your dog will wear down his toenails nicely if you take the time for a bouncy ball break several times a week! 

A Terrific Way To Trim Your Dog's Toenails!

I don't want my person to get dehydrated! Photographer: Sister72:
I don't want my person to get dehydrated! Photographer: Sister72:

Remember To Stay Hydrated While Engaged In Dog Toenail Trimming!

It's Hard To Beat The Good Old Fashioned Walk!

Walking is wonderful moderate exercise for you and your dog! By taking a brisk walk for 15 minutes every day, you and your dog will get valuable exercise that will stimulate your lymphatic system and boost your immune system. It will help you and your dog burn off excess fat and energy. It will give you a nice break from the indoors and give you and your dog a chance to spend some quality time together! On days when it is too cold or windy to take my dogs for a bike ride, I take them for a ride in the car to a heavily populated area like the downtown square.  It is usually warmer and less windy around lots of buildings.  We take a nice walk, and they have the opportunity to practice their manners around lots of people. 

And, of course, it does a great job of trimming their toenails!

The Benefits Of Trimming Your Dog's Toenails The Active Way!

From The Collection Of My Own Backyard, Photographer: Sara Kroeger, Copyright: SuzanneBennett
From The Collection Of My Own Backyard, Photographer: Sara Kroeger, Copyright: SuzanneBennett

Active Dog Toenail Trimming Is A Win-Win Situation!

When you spend active, quality time with your dog every day, everybody wins.  You and your dog will be happier and healthier.  You will have more control over your dog because you will have a closer relationship and better communication.  Your dog will be more socialized and well behaved around others just because he has spent some time learning how to behave on walks, bike rides, in dog parks, and so on. 

And of course, everyone will be happier because you will never actually have to trim a toenail! 

A Good Way NOT To Trim Your Dog's Toenails!

I wish I had something to do! Photographer: pinkfloyd: stock.xchng Image License Agreement.
I wish I had something to do! Photographer: pinkfloyd: stock.xchng Image License Agreement.

More Than Your Dog's Toenails Will Suffer Without Activity

A bored dog is an unhappy dog. At the very least, he will gain weight and develop unpleasant habits like constant attention seeking and overeating. At worst, he will become destructive, tearing up your belongings and your home. Your relationship with your dog will suffer if you don't take the time to play with him, bond with him, and exercise him. If he is always chained, he will be highly likely to become aggressive out of sheer fear and helplessness, and then you will have an unsocialized, dangerous dog on your hands.

So, if you have a dog, please take the time to be active with him! You and your dog will benefit in healthy, happy minds and bodies...and toenails!

(At least for the dog! ;)

Copyright:SuzanneBennett;December 13, 2008 

Definitely NOT The Way To Trim Your Dog's Toenails!

I'd really rather go for a walk! Photographer: wandering one:
I'd really rather go for a walk! Photographer: wandering one:

Of course, if you want to be dull about it...


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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! Both those old guys in the photo are long gone, and I am not the 115 pounds of solid muscle I once was, but that is my favorite photo taken by a very dear friend who, alas, has also crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Thanks for pinning! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Good picture of you and your pets! All of our larger and even medium sized dogs have never had to have their nails clipped but our 2 smallest ones have needed it. Like someone else said...this hub is more about caring for your dogs in a healthful manner going beyond just the need for nail clipping (or not as the case may be.) Good job! Up, useful and pinning.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Texas

    That may well be true with some little dog, but I haven't found it to be so with my 2! It's always a good idea to keep an eye on the nails to make sure they are OK! Thanks for your comment! :)

  • Rat-Terrier123 profile image


    6 years ago from Tenneesee US.

    this is a wonderful hub, but smaller dogs, even if they do get a lot of exersize, need to get there nails trimmed because there nails are as hard as a large dog, but there body weigh isent enough to trim the nails much! my hyper rat terrier gets about 4 hours of hard exercixe evey day, and i still trim her nails.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! :)

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    7 years ago

    I love this hub. You talk about toenails, but really are taking care of our pets in a holistic way by keeping them active, stimulating them, and through socialization. I am not sure who looks happier in the picture, you are the dogs. In any event they are very lucky to have someone like you loving them. Thanks for all the great tips. As soon as the weather gets warmer, I am going to do more of your suggestions.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    Thank you for your kind words. The only dogs here that are actually mine are the 2 in the picture with me. The rest are just stock photos. That photo was taken on a visit to a local pecan orchard.

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    8 years ago from USA

    I just had this discussion with my friend the other day. She thought I would be the best person to come to for help with trimming her puppy's nails because I have 3 big "babies" of my own. I love the pictures and the comments you added! What a wonderful yard your babies have!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Yes, Ned, of course there are times when trimming is necessary, but many people are inactive for all the wrong reasons! In this sort of situation, it is good to get out and get moving, and take your dog with you! Having been an Activity Director for a senior center specializing in people with Alzheimer's, I would venture to say you might be able to find ways to get your wife and your dog out into the fresh air. Perhaps a care provider could push the chair and let the little dog trot alongside. Your wife might hold the leash. You would be surprised how much being "needed" to perform a little task like this can help in keeping people like your wife in the present and interacting.


    :) Suzanne

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    ned fogler 

    9 years ago

    My wife is a victum of Alziemers, and is forced to sit in a Chair all day, since her ability to walk is extremely limited. My little 8 year old Black Pomeranian keeps jumpimg into her lap. If the dog has long toenails she scratches my Wife's legs and arms badly.

    I purchased a revolving grinding file called RediPaws which safely shortens and blunts the nails.

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    C. C. Riter 

    9 years ago

    Thank you, and you're so right.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Texas

    Thank you! Yes, dogs are wonderful friends! Superior to people in most ways! ;)

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    10 years ago

    I love seeing all of the darling doggies here! I never wanted a dog but a purebred beagle was dumped at our business. I can never resist an abandoned animal, so we took her in, nursed her thru being fixed (she'd been used as a breeder) and saved her from heartworm (a horrible disease with an equally horrible treatment).

    Today she is my doggy soulmate and we are thinking about rescuing another dog after the holidays. I still consider myself a "cat person" but have to admit that Millie has helped me see the reason people do love dogs!

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    Amanda Severn 

    10 years ago from UK

    I don't have a dog, but I did as a child. We had a wonderful, clever, cunning Houdini black labrador with a big taste for unscheduled adventure! I don't recall ever needing to get his nails clipped, as he was always far too active!

  • Shalini Kagal profile image

    Shalini Kagal 

    10 years ago from India

    Nice hub :) I've never trimmed my dogs' toenails either - and it amazes me how many people have dogs whose toenails are so long - must make poor things so uncomfortable!! Two walks a day I find are the best toenail trimmers there can be!


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