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    Hi all

    Just needed to ask a few questions about clipping a dogs claws, our dogs are looking a bit long so think they will need clipping but dont know whether to try myself or take to groomers.

    So question is what do other dog owners here do if clip themselves whats the best clipper to use? If you use a groomer roughly how much does it cost?

    Thanx

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    If you walk your dog regularly on pavement or hard surfaces, they shouldn't need doing, though they may still look too long to you, they will in fact be fine. If this is not possible, or just doesn't happen then they can be cut quite easily by yourself, with clippers (like a large pair of toenails clippers) just be VERY carfeul not to cut too far back, as they will bleed quite considerably.

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    Penny Saver;8711905

    If you walk your dog regularly on pavement or hard surfaces, they … If you walk your dog regularly on pavement or hard surfaces, they shouldn't need doing, though they may still look too long to you, they will in fact be fine. If this is not possible, or just doesn't happen then they can be cut quite easily by yourself, with clippers (like a large pair of toenails clippers) just be VERY carfeul not to cut too far back, as they will bleed quite considerably.



    he doesnt seem to like going on the path, just been reading about clipping them myself but our dogs claws are black so wouldnt know how far to clip

    and don't forget the dew claws. They won't wear down.

    Incidentally, have grinded ours down with a dremel. Seems less stressful, for me anyway ... lol

    You can do them yourself, but be careful not to cut the quicks - get the proper dog nail clippers and no doubt there and various guides if you google them - just be careful and conservative with it the first time so you don't go wrong and the more experience you get the better you'll be at doing it.

    I attempted to do my dogs once & cut too far back!! I have never seen so much blood :w00t: so please be careful or take him/her somewhere to have it done :thumbsup:

    vetmed.wsu.edu/cli…spx gives advice and piccys including a special guide for nails wich are black in colour.
    We have the guillotine style clippers and they are fine and easy to use.

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    Thanx all will pop out 2morro and see what clippers i can get and give it a go

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    probably worth asking in the place you are gonna buy them from.......would seem logical to me anyway

    I took my dog to the vets to have his done first time, and he was frantic - took two nurses and my daughter holding him down before the vet could even get close with the clippers.

    So I bought my own clippers, and gradually got him used to them, and now he sits there quite calmly and lets me do them.
    He has some black claws that are hard to see where the quick is, so I just take a tiny bit off at a time and stop when I am close.
    I try to do his claws really regularly, as if you keep them close to the quick, it gradually moves back, which means eventually they will be shorter - I think this is the best way to do it if they are long to start with.

    Good luck!

    5757alan;8711923

    and don't forget the dew claws. They won't wear down.Incidentally, have … and don't forget the dew claws. They won't wear down.Incidentally, have grinded ours down with a dremel. Seems less stressful, for me anyway ... lol



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    We use a mini drill from Aldi with sanding discs and it is painless and much easier for both dog and ourselves. Have a look at this hotukdeals.com/ite…ool

    simplyjimbo;8713296

    +1We use a mini drill from Aldi with sanding discs and it is painless and … +1We use a mini drill from Aldi with sanding discs and it is painless and much easier for both dog and ourselves. Have a look at this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/656915/9-6v-cordless-precision-rotary-tool



    I think my dog would poop herself if she heard any kind of drill or whoozing noise, she jumps up and hides in another room when the hoover or any kitchen equipment are used - she's such a wimp!!

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    Butterbean;8712766

    I took my dog to the vets to have his done first time, and he was frantic … I took my dog to the vets to have his done first time, and he was frantic - took two nurses and my daughter holding him down before the vet could even get close with the clippers.So I bought my own clippers, and gradually got him used to them, and now he sits there quite calmly and lets me do them. He has some black claws that are hard to see where the quick is, so I just take a tiny bit off at a time and stop when I am close. I try to do his claws really regularly, as if you keep them close to the quick, it gradually moves back, which means eventually they will be shorter - I think this is the best way to do it if they are long to start with.Good luck!



    thanx we have had him about 18 months now and never had a problem before as he would wear them down walking but recently has started avoiding the hard surfaces so they are growing

    simplyjimbo;8713296

    +1We use a mini drill from Aldi with sanding discs and it is painless and … +1We use a mini drill from Aldi with sanding discs and it is painless and much easier for both dog and ourselves. Have a look at this http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/656915/9-6v-cordless-precision-rotary-tool



    thanx think the flks have something similar will see what i can do

    sickly sweet;8713317

    I think my dog would poop herself if she heard any kind of drill or … I think my dog would poop herself if she heard any kind of drill or whoozing noise, she jumps up and hides in another room when the hoover or any kitchen equipment are used - she's such a wimp!!



    One of my dogs was the same with the drill but as with anything with dogs gradually get them use to it and all is well from there on. Clippers just split and squeeze the claw which isn't comfortable for the dog. For first timers or those who don't want to shell out for clipping, a mini drill, possibly with variable speed to make it quieter, in my opinion is much better.

    simplyjimbo;8713350

    One of my dogs was the same with the drill but as with anything with dogs … One of my dogs was the same with the drill but as with anything with dogs gradually get them use to it and all is well from there on.



    This is true for most dogs...mine however is ...urr... not like most dogs and still has a look of WTF?? when she hears the hoover - every single day! - and looks at it as though it's a monster about to attack her. If we could get into the heads of our dogs it would be fascinating.
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