I was wondering if you could give me some advice on nail clippers. This is one of the last things I need to purchase for our new puppy, but there seem to be a lot of options out there, and I was wondering if you could recommend a brand that is novice friendly : ) This is the one thing that I am nervous about doing!!
We get to go meet our puppy this Saturday so I'll have some pictures to share after this weekend!
I use a drummel. I find it to be much easier on the dogs. If you start out slow and get him used to it, it shouldn't be a problem. I hate clippers, I'm nervous doing it, and the dogs pick up on that and then they get nervous.
We have the Bamboo brand guillotine nail trimmer (it has a vile of styptic in the end, just in case you hit the quick . . . I have never needed it). I usually quickly go through and clip them all, and then smooth with the Dremmel. The trick with either is to get them used to it from an early age. Bauer and Lucy really don't care which I use, but I find it faster to clip and then smooth.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
I use this style. They come in different sizes for puppies and adults.
I also use a similar type of clipper for my cat.
Seamus and Flynn
Yes, it is most important to condition them as a pup. Playing with their paws and such. I use the kind up above also. Mya lays very nice and still for me. That is not to say she enjoys it.....just that she lays still! When we are done I praise her like crazy and she butt tucks all over the room!!!!!
I use a silver metal one. How's that for a description?!?!? Totally agree about playing with their feet and legs while they are young or you will be sorry and not be able to do yourself when they are older.
It's not the destination, it's the journey!
I'm sure that you use a Dremel Jo !
I have a dremel but prefer the clippers !
Actually - not true ! I prefer the pups to wear their nails down and when they are too old to do that then they will be too old to worry about clippers !
Colin - don't count on the age thing to make nail trimming easier. Paddy absolutely terrified me when it came time to clip nails. He was as ferocious as a rapid jackyl! I let the vet techs do Pad. *shiver*
Seamus and Flynn
So, how do you spell dremel? drummell? drumel? I don't know!