I prefer the guillotine style; it takes about two minutes to clip all the nails, and they are cheap to replace. It can split the nail though…. or if you clip it at the wrong angle it makes the nails super sharp. I think I might be the only one in the world who still uses one though...
The other option is a Dremel.....this might be a better idea if your dog isn't good at sitting still, or if you're worried you'll cut too short.
The only thing that would cause them pain would be if you clip it into the quick....but easy to avoid if your dog has white nails.
The best way to start is wait until they are in a relaxed state start out by just putting the device on their nail, treat, then slowly work up to a clip or dremel, and then produce a treat. Repeat over time until they get used to it. You can get it to the point where they can just lay down while you take about a minute to clip all their feet, without a care in the world.
Does anyone else have a dog who clips their own nails?
I trim up Beo's edges every so often, but for the most part he chews off his own nail before I can cut it. Just curious if this is pretty common? It's not a compulsive nail chewing…only when they get little long he'll chew them off on his own., and then go back to sleeping.
Kaia will chew on her nails if they get a little long, but not enough to keep them from needing to be trimmed.
If the nails are white, then it's easiest to know how short to go. The pink in the nail is the quick and that will hurt if it gets cut, leave some white just before the pink and you'll be fine. If the nail is black and I was using clippers, I'd just take off a little bit and then file to smooth the edges. I prefer Dremel because it's easier to take it in steps and get the nail short while not getting too close to the quick. Keep in mind you can still go too short with a Dremel.
The dremel almost has a "safety feature" to not cutting too short. It doesn't take long at all before you get a feel for it and can tell that you are coming up to the quick. I've been doing it for three years and never cut a quick, if I get close, and ignore the slowing down of the dremel because it's getting to the quick..I always have Oakley to gently pull back his paw. In my experience it's very hard to cut into the quick.
I used to use a guillotine style, but now exclusively use a dremel. You can shape the nail nicely with a Dremel and you can get a handheld one for about 60 dollars. You will get a feel for when you get close to the quick. When it starts to feel less hard like a nail and more gummy or soft you are getting too close. If you nick a quick with a dremel it will also bleed…that's too far, but you don't risk taking off a lot of the quick like you would using clippers. Think of the quick as the tip of your finger, you wouldn't want to cut that off!
Tired dog is easier to trim nails, I do it in good light with a scissor clipper, used a guillotine with previous dog and him having had black nails would easily snip the quick so with Kaiser thought I would try the scissor type and have tried the pedipaws (but it hasn't got the power of a dremel so am looking to get one), just use it to smooth after snipping and then finish off with a nail file. If I am good and pedipaws regularly only need to take a little off and nail file after, the longer between trimmings the longer the quick gets so best to do a little every week and then it's just the very ends. I started off with a treat after each nail working towards a treat after each foot and if he is too squirmy will leave it to another time, you can't force them then it becomes a chore for you and the dog. Making sure nail trimming is done through puppyhood makes life easier.
Jolanda and Kaiser