Trimming your dog’s nails with popular clippers causes your dog pain – yes pain! (Explains why your dog cringes at the very sight of the clippers now doesn’t it?) This article was written to help you explore the benefits of nail grinders as well as a basic primer on teaching you to use them.
Why clippers are bad
Okay, maybe I’m over reacting. Clippers are not “bad”. They serve their purpose but there is something about their use you need to be aware of so you can make better informed decisions on your dog’s nail care. We are all taught to avoid the “quick” of a dog’s nail. The quick being the nerve that lies inside each dog’s nail that bleeds when it is nicked or cut. But did you know that even when used properly (i.e. you successfully avoid hitting the “quick”) you could be causing your dog unnecessary pain? This is because most clippers work with a pinching or squeezing motion that causes the sharp edges to cut the nail. When this action is taken, you inevitably pinch the nerve inside the nail by the simple squeezing motion alone.
Making sure your clippers are as sharp as possible and are of good quality is vital if you have decided to use them. But to avoid the risk of causing your dog pain at those times you’re expecting him to trustingly place his tender paws in your hands, why not use a nail grinder instead?
What is a nail grinder?
A nail grinder is a hand held power tool a bit larger than a big fat pen with a sanding band on the tip that moves at high speeds in a circular motion. Simply stated, it’s basically a mini-sander made specifically for sanding your dog’s nails. Some varieties have various speed selections; some are just on or off settings. Most are noisy but dogs can become used to that with proper desensitizing training (such as having it turned on while petting your dog, but not using it until they are comfortable).
Making your purchase
There are many good types of grinders out there. You can even choose between corded or cordless. The one that sits inside my own personal grooming box is a corded Oster brand nail grinder set as well as a cordless Dremel set. I prefer the corded variety due simply because of the increase in grinding power you just won’t get with most grinders; not any I’ve used anyhow. Cordless varieties certainly have their advantages, however. One big advantage being that they are portable enough to take to dog shows, while traveling on vacation or even just to be able to do this necessary job when you do not have access to electricity for whatever reason.
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