Introduction: PAWdicure!

About: I'm a Designer, Creator, Inventor. #1 Hobby - brainstorming. I invented the Unicorn Poop cookie, as published here on instructables. And now I am a metalsmith. <3

Panda, my oldest Boston Terrier is a little princess.  She's calm, cool, sweet, loving and she loves to look cute and get attention.  Jersey, her sister, is a crazy tom-boy bad-ass.  So I just like to paint Panda's nails and she loves the pampering.  I've painted her nails for dog training graduation, parties, for boredom, etc.  It's cute and fun to do.  Plus, if you can do it yourself, you don't need to pay the grooming salon to do it for you.

You will need:
Your dog
Comfort level with paws being touched, or see 1st step
Nail polish
Nail cutters, and or file
Clear nail polish
A Camera phone!!

Step 1: Paws Ready?

You have to make sure that your dog is okay with you touching his or her paws.  If your dog isn't comfortable with this, you really need to break the uncomfortable-ness for many other reasons than just painting nails.  It's about trust and how easily your dog can be handled by yourself and others.  It's important for their behavior.

The way you can do this is to play with their paws, often and at random times.  I play with my dogs paws while they are laying on me.  It's almost like a mini massage and it gets them used to the feelings.  This will really help break your dog into the routine of their paws being touched.  You should do this, safely, with any other areas that they are uncomfortable with.  You don't want them to lack trust in you.  :)

Step 2: Cutting, Filing

First things first!  You need to cut the nails and or sand them.  Don't cut too far, you don't want to cut the "quick", which is actual flesh inside the dog's nails.  If you have a dog with dark nails, this will be more of a challenge.  Just be careful and watch what you're doing.  Personally, I clipped her nails and then sanded any jagged edges.

Here is a video on how to clip your dog's nails properly. :)

Step 3: Time to Paint!

Tips for painting your dog's nails: go with the correct colors and choose wisely!  If you dog is dark, with dark nails, go for something bright.  If your dog is light...also go for something bright.  Basically, some colors won't even show up, or will hardly be noticeable.  If you've gone through the work of painting your dog's nails, you want it to show.  Stick with reds, pinks, teals, greens.  Those will work well! :)

Since Panda loves the attention I give her, and she's gotten used to the treatment, she just chills out the entire time.  It's pretty unbelievable, how easy it is to do her nails.  I use human nail polish, but I hear that there is dog polish out on the market.  It's up to you, if you want to spend the money on it.  I don't have to worry about drying times because of her relaxation, so I just use my nail polish.  

I do two coats of color and one coat of clear.  Her two middle nails stick together, so I just break a q-tip and separate her ... fingers.  lol.  It works well and it doesn't seem to bother her.

It looks like she's sleeping in the pics, but she's not.  It's crazy, she just rests and chills with here eyelids shut.  Ultimate comfort.  (I know that she's not sleeping because she's a Boston Terrier and they manage to snore up a storm, haha.)

Step 4: Dress Up!

Time to hit the town!  Celebrate, do whatever you gotta do.  People will notice and they will be impressed and your dog will love the complements.  It's all-around happiness and fun.  I love it.  You guys may think I'm crazy, but Panda doesn't care if I am! :P  :D <3

Thanks guys, have fun, and if you paint your dogs nails, post pics here!! :D

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    ok, wow....first, I wanted to comment on this dog because she and her nail polish are adorable! Judging by the many pictures plastered all over with only your dog, and the fact that you buy her clothes, dress her and spend your time beautifying her nails(and matching them to her outfits) shows me that(hopefully) you spoil and love her!!!

    2nd, really people!?! I am a HUGE animal rights advocate, and I work within my community to protect defenseless animals from the grotesque inhumane cruelty that they face and are subjected to.. I am appalled that someone would say these photos are animal cruelty, or that this dog is in some type of danger!!!

    My God, if only the public was more educated on animal abuse, neglect, and torture. THEN you would truly understand when animals are REALLY in some type of "danger".

    So many animals aren't even being fed a meal, They are starving and emaciated, let alone know what it means to be held, pet or loved! You really think that pampering this dog, by painting her nails and sticking a dress on her, is torture!?!?!? Then you need to Google `Animal Abuse`… if only you were aware of the things we've witnessed and encountered.

    Animal abuse is not to be taken lightly!! Don't go throwing it around to someone on a social media site over a difference of opinion regarding painting HER dogs fingernails.

    SPOILED ROTTEN and GREATLY LOVED are all I see in these photos!!!!

    Very cute dog , clearly well trained , maybe alittle "too" spoiled ,but never seen a dog complain about that . While the nail polish was a concern of mine while reading this for other people's pets who may not behave so wonderfully , I planned on keeping my mouth shut because like I know my dog well enough , I assume others do as well to make the decisions on nail polish types . I know this is a older post but , bravo for being a great and amazing pet owner . Clearly these people went about with their comments in an aweful manner that was completely unnecessary . Sad , cause they probably never use it where it really matters , but rather pick on wonderful and sincere people . You did a great job thanks from one dog lover to anougher :)

    Awww she is sooo cute :)

    Good Luck....RIGHT BACK TO YOU! You did an amazing creation! PS....WHATS TAKING SO LONG?? Im sending ya a "Good Luck" patch

    pour some of this nail polish in your mouth see how those chemicals react with your brain... because most dogs will just chew off this nail polish and eat it... this is just plain wrong.. wait till PETA gets a hold of this

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    PETA??? wow what a joke fed funded org that has become. Join your local ASPCA and do not think PETA is a good thing to quote or threaten with. They are yet just another example of how gov funding fails!

    People like you often live alone, have no contact with the world and are better off Not leaving comments because of your lack of social abilities.

    Tut tut, you just made some major assumptions about a person's life and personality based purely on the fact that they don't like your idea.

    What was that about "social abilities?

    are you talking to mstyle183? because i'm only defending the attack. and the only tuts that i've heard of are entombed. :)

    I was talking to you - you went way beyond "defence" by responding with a very personal attack.

    i didn't know the kiteman was in favor of members suggesting poisoning. because you seem to think my response was way out of place to the suggested death by nail polish from the starting comment. i find that offensive. and now i know your standing when it comes to threats on instructables. :) sad.

    I wasn't talking about his "threat", I was talking about your response to it.

    Consider you post by itself: You accused him of being absolutely isolated from society and unable to deal with people in person. Why?

    There were five non-excessive responses possible:
    > Ignore him
    > Flag the comment.
    > Respond calmly with evidence to prove him wrong. For instance, since nail varnish is largely acetone-based, you could have linked him to this article.
    > Engage him in conversation by PM
    > Ask somebody else to talk to him for you.

    Balancing the (badly-worded) concern expressed in one post against the open insults of the other, I decided that Mstyle183 was more in need of protection or support than you were.

    I hope you understand now?

    Kiteman.. thanks for the comment.. but as you can see there is no point arguing.. i dont know where social life comes into the picture.. maybe part of some weird insult? .. i think that breaks the be nice policy if you ask me.. i was just looking out for your dog.. poor guy.. Kristy thanks for making my point "suggested death by nail polish" Nail Polish is poisonous and thanks for admitting it

    Read the article I linked to. Nail varnish might smell funny, but it is not poisonous.

    My comments were purely about the way you two were talking to each other.

    You could have, at least, read the instructable. :) Panda, my beautiful and healthy boston terrier is actually female. And you don't have to lose anymore sleep over her well-being, I protect her and raise her well and make sure that there are no dangers or poisons within her grasp.

    And I apologize, your comments didn't come across as concern, so the intention was missed. I'll be safe, also, because I won't be drinking any nail polish. Maybe next time you could comment with some flowers or a cute greeting card. Those get the point across more fluently.

    Thank you very much, Kiteman, I am nick-naming you "Comment Counselor Kiteman" because I appreciate your time and guidance. If I get anymore threats or way-out-of-place comments, I'm going to be sure and come by your instructables to comment for your advice on how to handle the perp.

    Seeing that you've made the time to help us out and bring balance to my instructable, I just want to thank you for this case, and for future help that you will provide. I've come across a few of these commentors that seem to have their own specific spin on reality and I'm not sure how to handle them. I will use this guide to help me in the future. :) And I look forward to anymore elder advice from the wisekiteman.

    i don't like the fact that my ibles become controversy only once they get attention. people don't seem to pay attention to the "be nice" policy and i'm just a creative person who does as they wish, while putting nice comments where i see fit. i never threaten, i never force a negative opinion...but that's what i have to suffer through.