How to Cut Dog Nails Guillotine Style

Learn how to cut your dog’s nails guillotine style with this step-by-step guide. Plus, find out what type of guillotine nail trimmer is best for your dog.

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Guillotine style nail cutters are one of the most popular types of pet nail cutters on the market. They are easy to use and can be very effective if used correctly. This type of cutter has a small hole in which the nail is placed before being cut. There is usually a guard to help prevent you from cutting too far and injuring your dog’s quick (the blood vessel inside the nail).

What You’ll Need

– A guillotine-style nail trimmer
– A styptic pencil or blood stop powder

Cutting your dog’s nails can be a stressful experience for both you and your pup. But it doesn’t have to be! With the right tools and a little bit of practice, you can quickly and easily trim your dog’s nails at home.

One of the most important things to know before you start cutting is which type of nail trimmer to use. Guillotine-style trimmers are a great option for most dogs because they are easy to use and can be very precise. But if you have a large dog with thick nails, you may want to consider using a plier-style trimmer instead.

Once you have the right trimmer, follow these simple steps to safely and effectively trim your dog’s nails:

Preparing Your Dog

The first thing you need to do is get your dog used to having his nails handled. Gently hold each paw in your hand and massage the toes. You may want to have someone help you the first few times, as some dogs squirm when they’re not used to this. Get your dog used to the sensation of having his nails clipped by doing it a little bit at a time over a period of days or weeks.

Cutting the Nails

Start by cutting a little bit off the end of the nail. You don’t want to cut too much at first, because you can always cut more if needed. If you cut too much, however, you’ll have to start over with a new nail trimmer. Cut at a 45 degree angle following the curve of the nail. Continue to cut a little bit of the nail off at a time until you reach the desired length.


Be sure to praise your dog after the deed is done. It’s not easy being a good dog while someone is trimming your nails. offer up a treat or two as well.