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Best nail clippers?

Is there a particular brand that everyone likes to use? One kind that's better than the others?

We had a huge breakthrough the other night -- we were able to clip one of Riley's nails, without a battle and without a muzzle! I know, "big deal" right? LOL. This little breakthrough has been two years in the making, so for us it's kind of a huge deal!

We want to keep building on this, but I need to get a new pair of clippers first. I'm afraid the ones I have are just too cheap and probably not sharp enough. I know it's taken a LOT for Riley to overcome his fear and trust enough for me to get even one nail done. The last thing I want to do is hurt him with cheap clippers!
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I haven't used regular nail clippers in years. I only use a Dremel. It gets the nails much shorter and smoother than nail clippers can and you have a much smaller chance of quicking the dog. I grind our dogs' nails about once a week to keep them nice and short. You can get a Dremel pretty much anyplace that sells tools, like Home Depot or Lowe's.
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This isn't the brand I use, but it looks similar. If I'm sitting on my golden so I can clip his nails (actually he isn't that bad as long as I move fast), I don't want to pinch my fingers trying to clip the nails.

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The orange ones! I think the company is "Millers forge"? $20ish, and they tend to last forever.

You're right, it IS a big deal to do one nail and using sharp clippers IS an important part of the process!

Great job on getting this far!!!
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Okay, I'll look for the orange ones.


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The orange ones! I think the company is "Millers forge"? $20ish, and they tend to last forever.

You're right, it IS a big deal to do one nail and using sharp clippers IS an important part of the process!

Great job on getting this far!!!
I really never thought we would get this far! We've gotten to where we can handle his feet and were just happy with that. We've been letting the vet tech do his nails. But the other night, he must have been biting one of them and had it real skinny and sharp. I was afraid he'd catch it on something and hurt himself, and since the rest of his nails were fine, I told mom he was not going to the vet for ONE nail! (I mean, how lame!)

I figured the cheapie clippers we have were good enough to do that one, but I wouldn't try to clip a full, intact nail with these things.

I'm just stunned that he let us do it without turning into Psycho Dog.
ETA - I really need to give our vet techs more credit than I can take, myself. They're the ones who have done his nails several times now, without scaring or hurting him, and have shown him that it's nothing to be afraid of.

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The orange ones are the ones that came with my $2000 grooming kit. They're very easy to use!

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I haven't used regular nail clippers in years. I only use a Dremel. It gets the nails much shorter and smoother than nail clippers can and you have a much smaller chance of quicking the dog. I grind our dogs' nails about once a week to keep them nice and short. You can get a Dremel pretty much anyplace that sells tools, like Home Depot or Lowe's.
I'd like to try a Dremel eventually, but I feel more comfortable with clippers right now. I'm afraid a Dremel would freak him out at this point. I think he's getting used to the clippers from the techs doing his nails and he's starting to realize that it won't hurt him.

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The orange ones are the ones that came with my $2000 grooming kit. They're very easy to use!
Those are the ones I want, then!
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Check out petedge.com and see how they compare price wise. You might get them cheaper there.



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Check out petedge.com and see how they compare price wise. You might get them cheaper there.

Ah, I didn't think of them -- thanks for the tip! It looks like I'll have to order them, anyway. The pet supply store near us only seems to carry the cheap ones.
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My wife uses the Pedipaw...

Seems to work fine and Ryley doesn't mind it at all.
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