Best Dog Nail Grinders for At-home Grooming
While there is a certain joy that comes from hearing your dog's nails go clickity-clack across the floor when she comes to greet you, that noise also means that Daisy's claws are too long. If you want to keep your dog grooming in-house, but don't have the wherewithal to clip your dog's nails yourself, there is another option—nail grinders. These babies are great for dogs that are afraid of nail clippers or need frequent trims, as well as for dogs who need their nails touched up from time-to-time. Or, if you want to smooth out any edges from a clipping, a grinder might be a good tool to have in your grooming arsenal!
We surveyed the dog nail grinder landscape (it's a bigger than you think) and found what we think are the two best grinders on the market. Keep reading to see which one would work best for you and your pupper!
Best Nail Grinder for All Dogs
We totally get that not all pet owners are comfortable clipping their dog's nails. Luckily, there is another option. Grinders wear down your dog's nails down safely and effectively, and without a chance of cutting them too short. There are a plethora of dog nail grinders on the market, of which we think the Dremel 7300-PT is the best. Reviewers rave about how easy it is to manage their dogs' nails after years of either taking them to a groomer or traumatizing clipper incidents.
Here's what we like: It has two speed settings, so you can control the intensity. You can change the grit of the sandpaper to best accommodate your doggo's nails and needs.
There's also the fact that it's cordless, which means it's easy to maneuver—good if you have a squirmy doggie.
Reviewers did note that many of their dogs didn't immediately take to grinders and it takes lots of treats and praise to get them comfortable with the process.
Best Dog Nail Grinder for Nervous Owners
For people who are still working up to getting comfortable grinding their dogs' nails, the Hertzko Electric Pet Nail Grinder is a grinder with training wheels. Only a small part of the spinning bit is exposed, so there is no chance that an owner might accidentally injure their pup.
The cover has two size ports, so you can expose only as much of the grinder as you need for your dog's nails. This serves to stop the grinder from jumping to the wrong part of the nail or your dog's paw. Even better is that the port stays put once you pick a setting—the cover won't fall off unless you take it off, which you may want to do as you get more comfortable.
We like that this grinder has a super quiet motor, which means jumpy pets might be more apt to sit still for their manicures. It's also USB rechargeable, which is very convenient if you need to charge the device on the go.
The Hertzko Electric Pet Nail Grinder only had one speed, but most reviewers find that it works just fine for their purposes!
A Secret Weapon
While no one intends to cut or grind their dog's nails too short, we understand that accidents do happen. If you're going to go the self-manicure route, we recommend that you keep some styptic powder, like Cardinal Laboratories Remedy and Recovery Professional Groomer's Styptic Powder for Pets, on hand. It helps staunch bleeding and is used by professional groomers.
Most dog nail grinders on the market come with bits with sanding bands or made of stone. Generally speaking, the finer the grit, the more precise the manicure. Most grinders come with starter bits, but depending on the size of your dog, and the hardness of her nails, you might need to do some experiments to find the sweet spot.
Looking For More Guidance?
If you're not sure how to get started when grinding your dog's nails, we like this instructional video from Drs. Foster and Smith. It's straight the point and offers some nifty tips and tricks for grinders with and without nail guards.
Or More Options?
We liked the Dremel 7300-PGK, but were a little put off by how complicated it is to assemble. If you like figuring out how things come together, or are willing to put a little more effort into assembly, it's another good option for budding dog manicurists.