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So it's about that time to trim Teddi's nails again, and I'm absolutely dreading it. He's a complete angel, but I seem to hit the quick EVERY TIME. All of his nails are black and it seems that no matter how much I try to avoid the quick, I always hit it. I take off as little as I can and they always seem to bleed. Any suggestions? Tips? I don't want him to become fearful of getting his nails cut because it hurts :(

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Use a dremel.

 

What type? Are there different types of grit (I'm really not very familiar...)? And, when I use a dremel should I just take off a little bit at a time? I don't quite understand how they work...

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I got my dremel at the hardware store in a little kit....came with a bunch of tips & I tried a few before settling on the one I liked best.

 

Desi's nails are pretty easy to see the quick when dremeling....I'll see a little pink dot and that's where I stop...before it bleeds. Then just

finish up around the edges, trying to work them back some, hoping the quick will dry out & shrink back. I've been working on his nails

for 2 years, and they're not too bad now. He has ouchie wrists from his racing career, so I give him a couple of Tramadol about an hour

before I start, and am very very careful how I manipulate his feet. For a sensitive soul, he tolerates it pretty well......and a cookie after

each foot helps even more. In the beginning, I was hitting them every 2 -3 weeks, now we're down to monthly.

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Ours both have black nails and we switched to the dremel early on. I have had 2, as the rechargeable battery died after a few years with the first. I got them both at walmart. When I looked for a replacement at home depot, they were far more powerful/expensive than what we needed.

 

During each session, I only sand a second or so on each nail and then cycle back through because the sanding really makes the nails heat up. When I was diligent about doing it, their nails weren't short, but they didn't tap tap a lot on the wood floors. I have slacked off lately, so we hear a lot of tapping now.

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See here for a safe Dremel.

 

 

In the days when I worked as a groomer at PetSmart, company standards for Dremels were that the highest allowable speed was 15,000 RPMs. This Dremel on Amazon falls safely inside that range.

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See here for a safe Dremel.

 

 

In the days when I worked as a groomer at PetSmart, company standards for Dremels were that the highest allowable speed was 15,000 RPMs. This Dremel on Amazon falls safely inside that range.

 

 

This is the Dremel I use and it does the job. I use it every 2 to 3 days, so I never have to use it for long on any nail. My girl has a couple of dark nails and I never worry about hurting her with this piece of equipment.

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Here's a good tutorial. Go to www.doberdawn.com and scroll to the bottom of the left column for the link on Dremeling Nails. This site moves to different hosts from time to time, so using the URL I gave you will let you find it if you need it in the future.

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Here's a good tutorial. Go to www.doberdawn.com and scroll to the bottom of the left column for the link on Dremeling Nails. This site moves to different hosts from time to time, so using the URL I gave you will let you find it if you need it in the future.

 

This was a great help, thanks!

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I use a normal cordless dremel ("guy" dremel) with variable speeds, so that I can select the slowest speed. I also used the doberdawn instructions to learn how to do it. They are fabulous instructions! I will never use clippers again!

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Another Dremel fan. I bought mine from Amazon and also order the refills for it online. I just did it today, and like someone else suggested, I go from nail to nail so that they don't heat up. I always muzzle Ruby before I start but she just lays there and seems to enjoy it. I used the clippers once and just about cut her toe off so never again. She bled for hours and it looked like I had tried to slaughter her. I am still traumatized and it was months ago. Her nails are all black except one so they are hard to see the quick. I also tried it on my thick heels today and it worked great. Tickled though.

 

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$10 is a tiny price to pay to let someone else cut our dogs's nails. We've never cut their nails ever. Petco, our vet, or our adoption group take care of this for us.

 

 

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http://chuckleatchao...o-dremel-nails/

 

I did a post a few months ago where I typed out a tutorial and even did some videos of us dremeling. I quicked Rainy once and never touched clippers again.

 

These videos are greyt! I'm going to go to Walmart tomorrow to look at dremels, and hopefully he'll have (slightly) shorter nails soon. I do need to get the quick to recede, so it'll been pretty frequent at the beginning. How long has it taken to get your pups used to the dremel?

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How long has it taken to get your pups used to the dremel?

 

Depends on the dog. Some are fine with it right away. Others take a little big of training and desensitization. My female Willow was afraid of the noise and vibration at first. She's very food motivated, so I had a friend feed her treats as I Dremeled, and it only took a couple sessions before she decided it wasn't so bad. I can now do her nails on my own, and she lies down and is completely relaxed, but I still give her treats intermittently through the process.

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$10 is a tiny price to pay to let someone else cut our dogs's nails. We've never cut their nails ever. Petco, our vet, or our adoption group take care of this for us.

White and horn nails are one thing, big black ones are a different ball game. It is just not worth the drama for me. Easier on all of us to pay $12. I fully admit to my weakness.

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Rainy came perfect so she never batted an eye with the dremel. Sunshine was anti anyone do my nails. So I would leash her, pin her against the wall with my thigh, grab a foot, zip a mail really quick, celebrate with extreme excited happy voice, a jog into the kitchen, and cookies. I repeated with a different nail everyday and within a couple weeks I was dremeling while she was roaching! LOL I'll have to search for that video, because it's hysterical! In foster care it took them over a hour to do all her nails. My back hurts too much for all that mess :-)

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Lila says a mini-marshmallow after every toe goes a long way for making toenail buzzing a good thing. Since it is a non-issue for her now she only gets a marshmallow after each foot. When she sees me coming with the dremel and the bag of “mooshies” she assumes the position for nail buzzing.

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I've used a small rechargable Dremmel for years.

Started when we had Dobes. All their nails are black and a lot tougher than the Greys.

 

Two hints:

make sure the battery is fully charged

make sure sandpaper is not too worn.

 

My Dremmel is old and I find the battery doesn't hold the charge long wnough to do all three hounds.

Time for a new one I guess!

 

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Good news--I found the Dremel 7300 at Walmart and purchased it. Letting him smell it while waiting for it to charge up! I'm excited and hope we have a good experience. I got mini-marshmallows, also :)

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We had a great first time dremeling! We didn't do too much, just because I didn't want to cut too short and he was being such a good sport I figured we could keep it short the first time around. He enjoyed his treats very much :D

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