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This is not a life or death question --- unless it's mine.
Casie's breeder used a buffer or smother on his nails...they were so nice. My groomer uses a clipper, and his nails are left with chards on the ends --- very painful, when he uses his paws to let me know something -- I have had scratches so deep that they bled....so my question is, what do you use to clip the nails, who does it, can someone give me a tutorial or ideas on how to clip their nails or sand them to not have those chards show up?

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I wish I had some advice for you. I have the same problem. I have clipped Shiloh's nails and it was a mess. I took him to the vet and had them clip them and they told me he definately doesn't like his nails clipped. I have clipped his at home and then tried to file them down, didn't work.

Hopefully someone has a suggestion for you. I'd like to know myself.
 

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We use dremel tool with small 5/8 drum sander. Works fine and our dog tolerates it better than clipping. I put 'Trix' on the shop bench and restrain her with the leash so that I can use free hand to hold paw. Wearing heavy leather gloves is an option. Pawn shops are good place to locate cheap Dremel motors.
 

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You can use a nail buffer just like you would use on yourself and it only takes a minute to smooth them.
 

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Cathy -- I had Maggie's nails done at my vet's office for the very reason you posted -- the vet techs there were the only ones who understood what Maggie's nails would do to me if they were left with rough edges after clipping. They used a nail file to smooth them all. Maggie did not like her nails clipped and especially hated the nail file so I couldn't do either at home -- it took two techs to get her nails done -- one to hold her in a vise grip and the other to do the clipping/filing. It was well worth the money! I think it is going to be a matter of finding someone, either a groomer or a vet tech, who is willing to go the extra step for you.
 

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I also use a dremmel on my dogs. It smooths the nails so nice and you can get close to the quick without causing the nail to bleed.

It takes awhile to get the dog/puppy used to it, but worth it in the long run!

If you need help getting started or questions let me know. I have a link to a great website!
 

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TWOLU, send me the website, I'd love to see it. I have a feeling that my groomer isn't going to attempt it with either of the boys...and the tech charges almost 25 bucks for the job...for that I can learn or keep looking.
 

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I would like the link as well if possible!
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Well, I just recently started to clip their nails myself. I was afraid to do it before, but paying for it seemed like an unnecessary expense for us.

I finally got the hang of it but it does come out better right after they get a bath, their nails are softer and the cut is a lot cleaner!
 

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I am all for the dremel. I have been using it for quite some time, but found the web link helpful.
 

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I bought that Pedi-Paws trimmer and it works great for us. Takes hubby to hold Charlee and me to do the filing but it gets done. Might not be for everybody though.
 

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Originally Posted By: TwoLuHere is the link for the website.

http://homepages.udayton.edu/~merensjp/doberdawn/dremel/dremel.html
Very good article on the dremel method. I have battery powered dremel in addition to several corded dremels. The batery powered dremel is easier to use and is quieter. I don't use it anymore because the batery is shot. It was given to me by an elderly fellow who used it on his toenails. If you ever try the dremel to trim claws you will appreciate how simple and easy it is.
 

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If you do buy a dremel try and buy a quiet one. It does help because some of them can be quite loud. With the danes I had to go out and buy a corded one because the battery ones where not strong enough and kept on dying before I could get done.
 

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I know this isn't possible for everyone, but depending where you live, building a reasonable amount of road work into your weekly exercise routine will save you from ever having to clip them! (unless your dog has some kind of pathology of course)
 

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Originally Posted By: beaglinaI know this isn't possible for everyone, but depending where you live, building a reasonable amount of road work into your weekly exercise routine will save you from ever having to clip them! (unless your dog has some kind of pathology of course)
i've found this to be true also. i clip ted's nails myself and the last time i clipped them was probably three months ago. all the walking keeps them at a constant length so we dont bother too much but i have been wanting to get a dremel and try that out. usually the pedi-paws is tooloud and he wont allow it but maybe a quiet dremel woudl work.

regardless i made the effort to play with ted's feet and paws as well as ears and teeth at an early age so he isn't too weird about getting his nails clipped.
 
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