NEVER Clip Your Dog's Nails!
Use a Dremel
(Rotary Power Tool)
Waaay Better Than Clipping!
A very relaxed Jetta gets her nails trimmed with the Dremel
Clipping dogs’ nails can be a bloody disaster. No matter how careful you are, you WILL clip too short at times, hurting your dog, making him bleed and causing him to dread, and even refuse, nail trimming.
I used to always CLIP my dogs' nails, and they all hated it because from time to time I’d accidentally cut too short and hurt them in the process. But when I got my last dog, a Doberman named Jetta (gone now), I discovered the art of using a rotary tool for nail grooming. It is SO MUCH BETTER!
I used a regular Dremel, but the company does make one specially for nail trimming.
This is a power tool; it’s a handheld grinder/sander. It is superior to clippers because it's similar to filing our nails, in that you can sand a little at a time, inspect your progress, and easily stop before going too far. With clipping, you can try to remove a little at a time, but that’s easier said than done. Once you cut the quick, the pain and blood - and the dog's refusals to voluntarily cooperate - are inevitable.
Jetta LOVED nail time. I'd get out the Dremel and she'd THROW herself onto the floor, on her back, with her feet in the air, before I could even sit down! When I was done, I could hardly get her to move. She'd get up, then throw herself back onto the floor, nails in the air. I swear it's true!
The single most important step is the introduction to, and desensitization of, the Dremel's noise and action. There is a process to it. (Don't "just do it!")
Do not do this unless your dog LOVES it. There is work to do with the dog BEFORE ever even touching a nail with it (and depending on the dog, possibly before ever even turning the trimmer on), and it must be done correctly.
I beg you, do not do this unless you know what you are doing because you can cause your dog to NEVER accept it.
Also, if you already know your dog is afraid of, or resistant to, an electric nail trimmer, do not assume that he can NEVER accept it. He may or may not be able. It depends on his temperament, how ingrained the fear is and your ability to work with him.
I can teach you what you need to know to Dremel your dog's nails. Think about having a phone consultation with me. We can do it in about 20-30 minutes.
See the picture of me trimming my Jetta's nails with a Dremel? Whenever I got done, I had to push her out of my lap because she wanted MORE. Do it right and you may easily find your own dog throwing himself onto the floor begging for nail time.
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