Find a quiet place and make your dog feel comfortable. Hold your dog's foot and use your thumb to gently press the base of the nail to extend it slightly. Trim the nail at a 45-degree angle so it is flush with the floor when your dog walks. Be cautious of the blood vessel, or quick (pink in color), in each nail and trim only the nail tip. The quick may be difficult to see in dark nails. Avoid cutting nails too short as bleeding may occur. If you cut the quick, apply a coagulant to help stop the bleeding. It is recommended that you trim your pet's nails every 4-6 weeks.