A straight cut is the standard trim used across the pet industry. It is typically a close to ground parallel cut that shortens nail length but does not ease breakover. This trim rarely results in receding quicks and eventually may lead to longer nails, even with regular trimming. This trim method is typically faster to do than the alternate cut line method and is normally the starter trim used on challenging pets.
The alternate cut is an angled trim used to ease breakover. This trim often helps recede the pet's quick, aiding in shorter toenail length. The results of this method depends on varied factors such as activity level, frequency of trims, and health of the dog. This method not only enhances breakover but also may aid in traction and physical well being.