Your pet.s nails should be quite short and not be curling under the foot when standing upright. If they curl under, the dogs nails need to be clipped.
The dogs nail contains a blood vessel and nerve (quick) which can grow long as the nails grow. This can sometimes make it difficult to clip the nails without making them bleed.
There should be a few millimetres of white nail after the pink of the dogs ‘quick’. If the nails look like this and do not curl under the paw – they do not need clipping for health reasons.
If the dogs nails cannot be clipped but are sharp then you can file them down at home using a metal nail file.