Hearing that clickity click sound on your kitchen floor? It may be a sign that your dog is in desperate need of a nail clipping!
Owners who want to trim their dog’s nail at home may struggle in deciding exactly how they want to trim their dog’s nails. Should they choose a dog nail grinder or opt for a classic clipping? What is best in the dog nail grinder vs clipper debate?
We’ll cover several different types of dog nail trimming tools owners can use, and go through the advantages and disadvantages of each tool to help you decide which is best for your pup!
Dog nail trimming tools come in several varieties and provide a few different approaches.
Guillotine style clippers have owners place the dog’s nail through a hole and squeeze the handle, allowing for a single blade to slice down across the hole and cut off the excess nail.
This style of clipper is recommended for small to medium dogs, as the guillotine style isn’t usually strong enough to cut large, thick nails. The blades also need to be replace regularly to keep them sharp.
For guillotine nail clippers, we recommend the Resco Pet Nail Clippers.
Scissor dog nail clippers (also known as Miller’s Forge clippers) work in a similar style to – you guessed it – scissors. The blades have small, round indentations, where you’ll position your dog’s nail for cutting.
This style allows for a large amount of force, making them good for dogs with larger nails. However, the handles may not be ideal for those with arthritis.
For scissor nail clippers, we suggest going with the Safari Dog Nail Trimmers.
Grinders use a small, rotating section of material (similar to sand paper) to grind down your dog’s nails.
Also referred to as “dremels”, these grooming tools are electricity-powered and wear down a dog’s nails through the use of friction.
For dog nail grinders, we recommend going with the Pet Grinding Dremel 7300.
Ultimately, when it comes to the dog nail grinding vs trimming debate, the best choice will depend on your dog’s personality, as well as your dog grooming confidence.
If your dog is very skittish and fearful of loud noises, you may want to avoid a grinder and opt for clippers instead. If you do decide to use a clipper, we suggest going very slowly and only cutting a tiny bit of nail a week.
When you clip a small portion of nail, the quick will begin to retract away from the nail edge, which when then allow you to clip more the following week. However, if you clip a large amount all at once, you risk cutting into your dog’s quick. Trust me – they won’t like that one bit!
We also recommend reading our post on how often to cut a dog’s nails for more tips and nail clipping advice.
In some cases, you may want to consider both – even if you decide to use a dog nail clipper to trim your pooch’s nails, a grinder can be used to smooth out nails.
Do you prefer dog nail grinders or clippers? Why do you use one nail trimming tool over the other? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Meg Marrs is the Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!