I'm a new parent and I need nail trimming advice. I've had my jet black lab mix for about two months and I have not yet trimmed her nails myself. I could take her to the vet but I would rather learn to do this myself as long as there is no chance of harming her. I have only had experience cutting the nails of dogs with light nails where I can see the quick. Chloe's nails are black as night and even with a flashlight there's no chance. I've read to trim them so they line up with the bottom of the pads. Plus a few of her nails are the correct length so I can measure the length against those but I am still nervous. Also the shelter did not clip her dewclaws for some reason. According to everything I've read they should be clipped. Are there any differences as far as the length of the quick of the dewclaws compared to the other nails? Should I follow the same basic rules. Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!