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Old 01-04-2010, 01:16 PM
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My Standard Poodle is 4 years old now. When she was about 2 she had a really bad experience at the groomer's when she got her nails clipped apparently they were purposefully cut all the way to the quick because the groomer thought I had let them grow too long. Yes, the groomer did tell me about this. At the time I wasn't clipping them myself because she has black nails which I was uneasy about clipping and she was going to the groomer regularly.

Since then I have started grooming her myself. I had been taking off just the very tip because she jerks and I've been worried about cutting too much and making her bleed. She is still touchy about her feet but she will let me clip her nails and I now know how far to clip them without it being a problem. Even clipped back as far as they can be they are still too long. What I'm wondering is whether or not with regular clipping they will ever reach a more normal length and if possible how often I should clip them to achieve this?

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Old 01-04-2010, 01:20 PM
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Yes, with regular clipping the quick will recede. I've found that following up with a dremel has a two fold benefit. It gets the nails shorter without quicking and something about the vibrations seems to make the quicks retreat even faster.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:30 PM
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Yeah I would go for the dremel. Sadie had to be muzzled to clip her nails. I switched to the dremel and I can grind them without a muzzle, using just a few treats per nail.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:09 PM
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I clip every two weeks , just take the tip off but the quick recedes each time. When they walk on pavement in summer they really wear them down so don't really need clipping and the quick is way back and the nails hardly visible, can't hear them clicking on the floor.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:24 PM
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When I am shortening nails, I dremel every three days or so to get the quick to shorten
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:36 PM
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I dremel weekly
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:22 PM
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Thanks everyone. I do have a dremel but I'm not sure exactly how to use it yet lol.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:26 PM
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youtube has some good videos on dremling dog nails.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:29 PM
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here you go

YouTube - How to really trim a dog's nails using a dremel
YouTube - Basic Dog Grooming : Filing a Dog's Nails with a Dremel
YouTube - How to Trim Your Dog's Nails Without Cutting
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i used to clip the nails once a week (wowies and cresites nails both seem to grow incredibly quickly)
then i switched to clipping AND grinding (i have a little plug in grinder which looks like a dremel but cost ALOT less and came with a bunch of tips as it was origioanlly ment for wood and glass)
but ruby HATES the nail clippers and even the cat clippers are too big for my tiniest chihuahua so i simply dremel them. a couple of quick short blasts per nail (when dremmeling keep the grinder in contact with the nail for SHORT blasts, if you hold it in place it gets hot on the nail from the friction) once a week and im done.

what used to take hours to do for 5 dogs (and owuld have gone up adding jasper as hes a pain about his feet) now literally takes me about an hour to do all 6 of them!
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