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Save Your Floors With These Dog Nail Grinders

Save Your Floors With These Dog Nail Grinders

Confessions of a Dog Mom Who Just Can’t with the Nail Trims

Ever since I adopted my first dog Mia, I have always trimmed my dog’s nails. This is due mostly to laziness: I just don’t want to have to drive my dog to the vet or groomers every time they need a nail trim. Plus, I want this routine procedure to be as stress-free as possible, especially since it’s such an important part of my dogs’ physical health. And, if I’m being totally honest here, I just don’t really trust another person to do it.

Trimming your dog’s nails at home definitely has its perks, including saving you time and money, but it’s not always an easy task and many dog moms don’t feel comfortable doing it. However, having the right tools makes it significantly easier and less scary!

Nail Grinders vs. Nail Clippers: What’s the Difference?

Essentially there are two types of tools you can use to trim your dog’s nails: both grinders and clippers are an important part of your tool kit when it comes to grooming your dog, because they each serve slightly different purposes. That said, if you can only select one or the other, let’s dive into the pros and cons of each.

Dog Nail Grinders

A dog nail grinder is a Dremel that you use to file your dog’s nails down. It’s generally considered easier and safer to use, as you don’t run the risk of clipping the quick like you do with dog nail clippers. On the flipside, it can be more challenging to desensitize your dog to the grinder due to noise, vibrations, and just the length of time it takes to file a nail.

Benefits of a nail grinder for dogs:
– Safer – Reduces risk of cutting the quick
– Easier to use – Allows for more control and precision

Cons of a nail grinder for dogs:
– Noisier and more vibrations
– Longer process – Takes more time to grind nails down

Dog Nail Clippers

Dog nail clippers come in two styles: guillotine, which slices up-and-down (like a, well, guillotine), and scissor, which slices sideways (like, well, scissors). Clippers are quick and efficient to use, as long as you know what you are doing. It’s important to clip a nail at a 45-degree angle, and it’s really important not to cut the nail too short. Clipping the quick is very painful for your dog (think about what it feels like to trim a nail too short), and it causes a lot of bleeding.

Pros of nail clippers for dogs:
– Faster process – Can trim nails quickly
– More precise control – Allows for accurate nail trimming

Cons of nail clippers for dogs:
– Higher risk of cutting the quick
– Potentially painful for dogs if not done properly

Finding the Right Tool for the Job

I already mentioned that both nail grinders and nail clippers have a place in my toolkit. I like to use dog nail clippers (these are the ones I use) for a first pass, especially if I haven’t trimmed my dog’s nails in a while or if my dogs are more restless. The clippers enable me to trim to the right length a lot quicker than a grinder, which is helpful if your dog doesn’t want to sit still for very long (some days be like that).

However, I also like to come in with the dog nail grinder to smooth over any rough edges and “fine-tune” the length. I am always ultra-conservative on how much nail I clip off, and the grinder is a great way to shave a little more without worrying so much about the quick. I also use the grinder for more frequent “maintenance” trims.

Recently, I tried this nail grinder from LuckyTail, and I really love it. It works quickly, but the motor is a lot quieter than other nail grinders. It’s also ergonomic and easy to handle, AND it’s rechargeable (yay for not running out of batteries right when you need it).

Another reason I like to keep both dog nail clippers and a nail grinder on hand is because sometimes, for whatever reason, my dogs will tolerate one much better than the other. Although most of the time they are fine with the grinder, especially the LuckyTail, every now and then they just don’t want to tolerate it. On those days, having clippers to get the job done quickly and efficiently is key.

Mastering the Art of Nail Trimming

First and foremost, regardless of which tool you choose to trim your dog’s nails, spend time helping your dog grow comfortable with nail trims. This is a slow process, but so worth the investment. You can even start with something incredibly simple, like teaching your dog to shake, which builds confidence and consent around paw handling.

Once your dog is comfortable with nail trims, or at least tolerates them without signs of significant stress, it is important to continue reinforcing the procedure with your dog’s favorite treats. I like to reward each time I clip or Dremel a nail to make the process more enjoyable.

If you are using nail clippers, trim under the nail at a 45-degree angle from the floor. If your dog’s nails are clear or white, you can usually see the quick as a little pink thing in the middle of the nail. This makes it easier to avoid cutting too close to the quick. However, if your dog has black nails, remember that the quick is usually just above the curve of the nail. Always err on the side of caution, as it’s better to leave your dog’s nails a little long than to cut them too short.

If you are using a dog nail grinder, Dremel under the nail and try to aim for the same 45-degree angle as you would with clippers. Keep in mind that the friction of a Dremel can cause heat build-up, so don’t leave the Dremel on the nail for too long. It’s best to start under the nail and curve up and over the top of it in light, sweeping motions.

Lastly, keep nail trimming sessions short and positive. Reward frequently, and take as many breaks as needed. Remember, you don’t have to do all of the nails at one time! With a little patience and the right tools, you can absolutely master the art of nail trimming at home.

And if you’re in the market for a new furry friend to practice on, be sure to check out – they have tons of adoptable pups just waiting to become part of your family!

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