Always keep your JRT's nails well tended. If you are diligent about trimming nails, you should have no trouble maintaining a well-rounded foot—which your dog needs to move properly. Ideally, you will have the opportunity to manicure the nails from puppyhood, thereby establishing proper ground rules and conduct. Handle your puppy's feet often to get him used to being touched and held this way.
When clipping nails, it is of the utmost importance that you work in the best light possible. You should be quite able to see the quick (the bundle of nerves and blood vessels running down the center of the nail) very clearly and not clip into it. (If a nail is black, cut it back about the same amount as the clear ones, erring on the side of less rather than more.) Please do not try to cut as close as possible to the quick the first few times you trim your dog's nails. And even if you think a nail is not short enough after you have just cut it, do not clip that nail again. If you hurt the dog, it will be just that much harder to get the job done the next time. If you happen to nip the nail close enough to cause the dog discomfort, quickly apply styptic powder. Then cut the next several nails longer so the dog does not get the idea that nail clippers mean pain.
If you are in real doubt about foot care, it is best to have your veterinarian attend to it or assist you the first few times. Do be sure that the nails are trimmed, though. Nails that are too long can cause the dog to stand and move incorrectly and can harm his feet.
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