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It’s essential that you don’t allow your dog’s nails to get too long. While dogs need their claws for digging and grabbing at treats or toys, overly long nails can irritate their paws, upset their balance, or split and bleed. Here’s what you need to know about dog nail grinders.

Quiet Technology

Three grinding ports make this double speed machine a good option for animals of all sizes. Plus, it’s quiet. Casfuy

While many dogs find grinders less traumatic than clippers, it’s worth trying to get them used to them before you use one for the first time. Before you use a grinder on your dog’s nails, make sure it’s acclimatised to the sound. You can do this by turning on the grinder several times over the course of a week when your dog is close to it. If you have a particularly sensitive dog, a low-noise grinder is helpful.

Lightweight Design

Two rotation speeds power the 60-grit sanding drum of this rechargeable grinder, making it easy to safely and carefully cut down the length of your animal’s claws in stages. Dremel

Grind your dog’s claws when the animal is relaxed. If your dog isn’t a fan of a bath, don’t try to attack its nails right afterward. And if your dog is in a playful mood, it’s going to be harder to encourage it to stay still. Make sure your grinder is fully charged — look for a model that has a low battery indicator so you know you’re fully juiced — before you start your grooming session so don’t have to stop and start again later.

Pro Pick

A 45-degree guide makes trimming easy and reduces the risk of clipping too short; comes with multiple attachments. Dremel

If you have a smaller pet, look for a device that has an adjustable port so a smaller area of grinder is accessible. For more flexibility, look for a grinder that includes both disc and cylindrical attachments. You’ll be able to find out which one works better for you and your dog.