Nail clippers are the essential tools for dog nail grooming, working for both professional and home use. There are many sizes and models available for clippers, it is all about choosing the model that best suits your dog's needs. Medium-sized clippers usually work on all breeds except for very large dogs. Grinders are an alternative to clippers and lots of groomers used them for more delicate dog nail grooming tasks.
Clippers cut and grinders smooth off edges.Dog nail grooming is complex and it usually requires a combination of tools for maximum of efficiency. There is a guard attached to some clippers which prevents cutting too much nail, yet, because of this guard, you may not see the nail when cutting and you could injury the toe veins. Such accidents are frequent in home grooming because of the wrong use of tools.
More advanced equipment for dog nail grooming stems the bleeding and cauterizes the vein if the clippers touch it. The problem with dog nail grooming is that you have to be very careful and maximize the dog's comfort, or you risk to make the animal nervous and agitated, thus reducing the chances of trimming the nails properly.
Even so, dog nail grooming should not be neglected. Well, long nails can be very painful for animals, particularly when they live indoors and have few opportunities to smooth the nails against the ground. Improperly trimmed nails also carry the risk of ingrown nails, which are both painful and uncomfortable. If you can hear the dog's nails clicking against the floor, then, you should cut them right away.
Sometimes, dog nail grooming requires smoothing or filing because lots of dogs have very brittle nails that splinter when you cut them short. Consider your dog's tolerance and disposition when trimming nails. Don't attempt at cutting them all at once; breaks are usually necessary in order to allow the animal to relax. There have been cases when pets have bitten their masters during this kind of grooming episodes.
With many pets it takes a lot of time to get used to nail trimming. Tolerance can be helped with careful handling, but this doesn't always work. Try the reward system and give your pet a tiny treat after each nail cut. Wait for a while, then move on to the next nail.