Trimming your dog’s toe nails is one of the essential skills of owning a dog. You could let a groomer charge you to do it but you will miss that first burst of ‘feel good’ after any grooming task. My dogs, although they may not like the task always feel good after. Start off with the proper dog nail trimmers and things will be a lot easier.
Scissor dog nail clippers are used for small dogs and are light duty. They are very good for puppies little nails. These are not to be used on larger dog nails as they would likely crush the nail rather than cut
Plier type dog nail trimmers are very sturdy in design and are sometime called Miller Forged clippers. The cutting edge is made of two opposing crescent shaped blades. The plier type trimmers are very good for large breeds. Groomers use them for all types of dogs as they are easy to handle.
Guillotine style nail trimmers are designed with a metal guard that has a blade that cuts when the handles are pressed together. These type of nail trimmers are better for smaller dogs. The blades dull from use and have to be replaced.
Nail grinders are the new device on the pet supply scene. The nail grinder are made like a rotary tool and grind the nail down, gradually instead of cutting the nail. These are good to use on all size dogs but take getting your dog used to the noise and the mechanics. They work well with dogs that may not like to have their nails cut.
Any type of grooming can be time well spent with your dog. Although trimming the nails is one of the least favorite for dogs and owners. You can buy the right tools for your type of dog and make easy work of this choir.