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The Beginner’s Guide to Training
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The Beginner’s Guide to Training

How to Pick the Best Nail Cutters for Your Dog

There’s a lot of dog nail clippers you can find on the market nowadays. So how should you choose the right one for your beloved dog? In most cases, the size of your dog and his nails will dictate the size of the nail clipper to use. In addition, for each size of nail, there are more than one model or style of cutters to pick from. Narrow your search by first determining what size you need, and then what style is best for your hand and your dog’s attitude.

Guillotine

Guillotine dog nail clippers have an opening where you are to insert the dog’s nail. While squeezing the handle, a single sharp blade will close the opening and cut the nail. This design’s advantage is the ease of finding best angle for cutting, considering the blades run parallel to the bottom area. The design also makes working with thick nails much easier. The disadvantage is the nail having to get through a hole, hence making visibility a bit of an issue, especially for small-pawed or long-haired dogs.

Scissors

Scissor-shaped dog nail clippers look like any pair of regular scissors, save for a semicircle-shaped opening on the blade where the nail goes. The most important advantage is that they’re comfortable as they work just like normal scissors do. They generally come in a small size and are great for dogs with small paws. Since these dog nail clippers are small, they don’t look frightening, and that helps your pet remain calm as you cut his nails. The problem is if your dog is huge and has strong nails – won’t work obviously.

Pliers

These dog nail clippers are many dog owners’ favorites because they are easy to use, available in different sizes, and most of all, they have a safety feature that prevents cutting the nail too short.

Electric Grinders

Electric grinders are perfect for trained dogs that are used to a lot of paw handling. Still, you need to remember that the pet may only tolerate the machine’s vibration if he trusts his handler.

Nail Files

Finally, nail files for dogs are not that different from those made for humans, except they would be made of a much stronger material of course and a more comfortable handle. No matter how you cut your dog’s nails, you will always end up with sharp edges, which isn’t only bad for your stockings but also for your skin. That’s why filing the nails is always a good idea for both sides.