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Millers forge dog nail clippers.

Millers Forge #ad continue to be my absolute favourite tool of all time. They cut nails like butter, they don’t make a sound, and they’re quite comfortable! Super affordable, too!

I’ll likely never use another pair of clippers now that I’ve met and fallen in love with these.

Black emery boards.

These emery boards #ad prove to be super sturdy and comfortable to use, plus, you can’t go wrong at just over a dollar apiece!

Filing your dog’s nails after they’ve been clipped is a surefire way to prevent nasty scratches if you have a paw-er or a jumper. It can also prevent the nail from catching, splitting, and fraying.

A black and silver dremel.

Dremels #ad are not as scary as they seem. You’ll have to practice on something (see pencils below) so you can get a feel for how it feels and what the speeds are like. Start slow and increase as your comfort level increases.

It’s a bit of an art AND a science, but it’s nice to shorten the nail AND file it down at the same time.

A green and purple mesh loofah ball.

If your dog has Dr Seuss feet with lots of fur that gets in the way of clipping or could get tangled in the dremel, there’s a fabulous little hack - called a mesh loofah ball #ad. If you disassemble one of these by cutting the thread that holds it together, it will come apart in one long strand and you can cut off a piece of it that you can use to put the paw in and it will hold back the fur. 

Yellow pencils.

Pencils #ad are a great way to practice your shaving and shaping skills while you avoid cutting the quick (the lead). Who knew?!

Practice shaving off a millimetre at a time on an angle like you would a nail, until you feel like you’ve gotten into the groove. ? 

Cornstarch in a brown bowl.

Cornstarch #ad is a good backup plan if you happen to “quick” your dog’s nail. Dip your dog’s quicked nail into a bit of packed cornstarch and let them rest for a bit so they don’t re-injure it.

It appears that this is less painful than the often-used styptic powder, which is a bonus since a quicked nail can be pretty traumatic for the dog.…and the person! 


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