Choose nail clippers that are the right size for your dog's nails. For very small dogs or puppies, you can use cat nail clippers or even human nail clippers. "Guillotine" style nail clippers are not recommended as they tend to smash the nail and they don't work as well on thick nails.
Once you've decided on a preferred clipping tool, then learn how to get your dog used to nail trims.
Ideal for small dog breeds and puppies
Human toe nail trimmers work great for puppies and small dogs and are nice and quiet.
Training a dog to use a nail scratch board can be a less stressful way to help them shorten their nails if they are frightened or overwhelmed during regular nail trims. As you'll see from the video below, it was quick and easy to teach the Preventive Vet pups.
The products below help control the bleeding if you accidentally hit the quick, making them must-haves for your dog's first-aid kit. In a pinch, though, you can also use cornstarch. Press the powder or cornstarch onto the nail and hold for a few minutes to stop the nail from bleeding.