Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by ClareMarsh » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:14 am

I really recommend them Nettle, the guard is important I think with dogs with long hair. Even if feet are trimmed other hair could get caught on an uncovered grinder. It also means if you were to slip you won't hurt the dog either. Perhaps if you're more used to them then the guard is less important but I'm glad I got a make with one on.

The pedipaws gets rubbish reviews and the dremel for pets I've read is too weak (people go for the industrial dremel instead :shock: ), again when more practiced this might be the case but for now the Furminator one has the safety I need and is strong enough to grind enough reasonably quickly but not so fast I am going to do damage.

Finished off the first pass on all his nails yesterday, they look much better already. Then this morning I've done another paw again, I think it's going to take 3 goes on each to get them down to a short nail. But honestly they already look better than when I was clipping them and it is definitely less faff for me to use this. I think even with a clear nail I'd be tempted to use this now as I just feel like I have more control :D

For his part Ted it a lot more relaxed with it now, and I think more relaxed than he ever was with the clippers, probably because I wasn't relaxed either :roll:

The only downside is that the warning "tap tap tap" of a chi up to something has disappeared, he is now stealth chi :lol:
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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by gwd » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:25 am

ClareMarsh wrote:I really recommend them Nettle, the guard is important I think with dogs with long hair.
i use a snood on my dogs ears when i dremmel for exactly the reason you mentioned. my gang has hair on their ears that is longer than their nose by quite a bit so when they lean down to sniff, the ear hair is dragging. ......and they do occasionally want to check out the dremmel

i know how painful getting hair wrapped around the moving post is.........because yup, i did it to myself. i'd not pulled my hair back with a rubberband one day........something i normally do when i'm grooming and i had my face right down close in rapt concentration! .....next thing you know, i'm seriously stuck! ended up having to cut a bit to extract myself.

another tip is to hold the nail rather than the foot......it cuts down on vibration and makes it less troublesome for the dog. also, even if you're working on one foot, trade off nails and bounce back and forth between all four. the grinding action does produce some heat and the nail can get a bit hot from friction if you stay too long on one.
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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by Nettle » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:39 am

Lol @ stealth chi! :lol:
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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by ClareMarsh » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:58 am

gwd wrote:another tip is to hold the nail rather than the foot......it cuts down on vibration and makes it less troublesome for the dog. also, even if you're working on one foot, trade off nails and bounce back and forth between all four. the grinding action does produce some heat and the nail can get a bit hot from friction if you stay too long on one.
I think I'd read about you suggesting this somewhere before, certainly about it getting hot. I've not experienced it with Ted but I wonder if that is because I am doing short bursts only. It was actually holding his nail that he most objected to after clippergate but that's what I've been doing, I've seen videos where people just aim the foot in the direction of the dremel :shock:

Good tip re my hair too, I've been so focussed on Ted's safety my own has gone clean out the window :lol:
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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by Sabrina » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:18 am

ClareMarsh wrote:The only downside is that the warning "tap tap tap" of a chi up to something has disappeared, he is now stealth chi :lol:
Aw, I don't think you have anything to worry about, Clare - Ted's such a gentleman that if he destroys and/or consumes anything, I'm sure he'll have the rubbish in the bin and a replacement ordered before you notice anything's missing :lol:

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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by Gummi » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:22 am

I use a Dremel 7000. Cordless, two settings, and best power of any other dremel I've used. It's the same brand I use at the grooming salon. There's no guard, but for myself personally I have an easier time without the guard, and I'm pretty good at keeping any hair out of the way. When I was using one with a guard, it didn't keep the toy poodle's long ears out of the albeit narrow opening and the hair still got stuck. Of course, that was when I was still getting used to using a dremel, but with a lot of practice you may not really need to worry about searching the extra mile for a guard if you're ever searching for another dremel for any reason. Anyhow, that's what I use! Whatever you do, don't use Pedipaws! :)
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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by ClareMarsh » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:17 pm

Gummi wrote:Whatever you do, don't use Pedipaws! :)
Yeah I'd read Pedipaws was rubbish so I avoided it. I got the Furminator one from a shop so that I could take it back if it was rubbish but I've been pleased (although I do have a teeny dog :D ). I can see how if you're skilled the guard isn't necessary but for me as a newbie it was one less thing to worry about :D

We're still doing great with it :D
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Re: Dremel and Nail Clipper Recommendations

Post by Barb's Dog Logic » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:14 pm

hello!

In my home, the hardwood floors make it slippery for the dogs. I keep their nails trimmed, using a cordless Dremel and a fine grit sanding drum. Feel free to view my free videos of three different dogs, one with black nails, one with white nails, and the last video is less than 2 minutes showing my 14 year old Cairn Terrier- and how fast the Dremel is for maintaining nice short nails.
www.doglogicwithbarbara.com

I love to help dog owners become comfortable with nail trimming, and volunteer free training to the local shelter and to all of the 4H kids who want to learn. I hope you can watch, become confident and try the Dremel . Once you get started, your dog will soon learn to relax and let you do this once a week. (My dogs get their nails trimmed once or twice a week- very short sessions to keep it positive ).
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~ Barbara in Ohio

p.s. I also offer help for Cairn Terrier owners, and how to hand strip.

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