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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 11:20 PM
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My dog is 11 pounds, but his nails are a little bit proportionately larger. I meant they cut from the side lol XP

The ones in the links are the type I am thinking about getting :)
If you mean you hold them to the side then yes, the ones I have are what you're referring to.
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I'm used to the guillotine style ones but I seems like people like the plier type ones so I want to try them.

I don't have quick stop but I do have a baggie of flour by the clippers ;)

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You can get replacement blades for the guillotine type. Or, you could do like I do and use a nail grinder/Dremel. No sharp edges to the nails or cutting of the quick.

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You can get replacement blades for the guillotine type. Or, you could do like I do and use a nail grinder/Dremel. No sharp edges to the nails or cutting of the quick.
I thought the grinders were just for smoothing the nails after clipping? Unfortunately my pup would never stay still long enough for me to grind his nails :(

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I haven't used clippers in years. Any dog will hold still for grinding if it knows who's boss.

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I've got an old pair of pliers style, Millers Forge, that have lasted years with multiple 20 pound dogs. I like to give a quick clip, then dremel a bit, with 3 dogs it's sort of a production line. Here's a good link that will hopefully keep folks from quicking nails; Trim Nails

It has so much to do with the curve of the nail, and it's surprising how 3 dogs of the same breed can have totally different nail profiles.
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I've got an old pair of pliers style, Millers Forge, that have lasted years with multiple 20 pound dogs. I like to give a quick clip, then dremel a bit, with 3 dogs it's sort of a production line. Here's a good link that will hopefully keep folks from quicking nails; Trim Nails

It has so much to do with the curve of the nail, and it's surprising how 3 dogs of the same breed can have totally different nail profiles.
Thanks. I will look for those Miller's forge ones.

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Those are really good and will last forever.

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Those are really good and will last forever.
Yay! :)

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nail clipping requires a lot of patience, and takes some time to perfect. I've been a bather at petsmart for a few months now and I'm only now really comfortable with nail clipping (of course I've got to get them pretty short in one go). Just find a style you're comfortable with and take length off a little bit at a time. I have no favorite brand, but I definitely prefer the plier style.
As far as dremels go, do yourself a favor and only use them to finish. No dog will stay still if you intend to dremel the nail entirely because for long nails the friction will cause heat and it will be painful for them. Take some length off with the clipper of your choice and use the dremel to round off any sharp edges.
Personally, I use the smaller nail clippers (the ones suggested for dogs sized from chihuahua to cockerspaniel) on all dogs, even weimereiners and labs. I like the level of control they allow over the large dogs clippers (which in my opinion handle as well as hedge trimmers).
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