Trimming your dog’s nails is an important part in their grooming routine and their process will be much less dramatic if you, the owner, know how properly handle the task.
Many dogs are not fond of having their nails trimmed, while others tolerate it well and have been positively reinforced to enjoy it, getting them used to the ideas.
It’s hard to know if your dog will tolerate a pet nail grinder, and if you do not properly handle your dog as you use it (slowly and patiently getting them used to the idea), you might not have success.
You won’t know until you try it.
Here are few things to consider:
1. Dogs nail color
It’s easier to trim when the nails are clear. This allows the person grinding to see the “quick” of the nail, or the area at the back of the nail that is full of blood vessels and nerves.
When dogs have dark toenails, it’s much harder to tell where the quick is because you can’t see it. Grinders are safer than clippers for dogs with darker nails because it eliminates any of the guess work.
2. Dew claws
Do not forget about the dew claws! These are very important, as they can help the dog to grip things as well climb out of slippery places.
Be careful not to get the grinder too close to the fur. It might tangle, causing your dog pain and probably instill enough fear in them that you won’t be able to use grinder any longer (one step forward three steps back).
Formerly abused dogs or strays that have been rescued can be highly sensitive to certain people, places, objects and noises. It might be a good idea to have a dog specialist (a trainer or dog psychologist) visit your dog and help you assess if using the nail grinder is possible.
Top 5 nail grinders include:
1. Dremel7300-PT-Volt pet grooming kit
2. Grooming, ANG-1(65880)
3. Conrail pro pet products 741027 Dogs nail grinder
5. FURminator Nail Grinder
6. Oster Pet Nail Grinder
TRIMMING: when and why
As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to trim your dog’s nails once they start to touch the ground.
We know that many don’t trim often, but you don’t want the nails to grow too long or else they can break or cause dogs to walk unnaturally. This could cause permanent skeletal damage.
Remember, if you use a grinder, don’t leave the drum on the nail for more 2-3 seconds. Otherwise, it will get too hot and burn your dog.
Dogs need trimming of their nails so as to facilitate natural walking. Trimming also needs the rightful best dog nail clipper as discussed from the above information.
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